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ARIA Library Workshop: Preparing for a Research Assistantship

ARIA award recipients attend this mandatory library research workshop. Nearly all ARIA projects have a library research component, and students and faculty who have participated in past years have consistently let us know that this workshop is an essential and valuable component of the program. ARIA students typically engage in library research with the literature in their particular field, at a deeper and more rigorous level than they have in the past.

In this two-hour hands-on workshop students learn skills that they will use immediately and throughout their academic and professional careers. By the end of the workshop ARIA students will have:

  • Translated their research topic into a powerful search strategy that will uncover relevant information.
  • Been introduced to the most essential subject-specific library resources relevant to their research topic, and to the variety of library services available to them.
  • Been introduced to the bibliographic management software EndNote, and will have populated a database with references related to their research topic.
  • Learned how to critically assess the relevance and appropriateness of the information they found.
  • Learned about the value of disseminating their research, and about library resources to help them publish.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Library also provides personal library carrels (Desks) during the summer for all ARIA students. We group these carrels together as much as possible to help break some of the isolation of working alone on a research project, and past ARIA participants have told us that it also helps create a sense of community. If you would like to have your own carrel in the library for the duration of the summer, simply present yourself at the main library services desk in the lobby of the McLennan Library Building, and let them know you are an ARIA student and would like a carrel. The staff at the library services desk has a list of all eligible ARIA students.

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Keys to Success

Want to unlock your research potential? This two-part workshop will give you the tools you need to master the research project. From identifying your research needs to producing a bibliography and everything in between, this workshop offers plenty of hands-on activities with friendly instructors who will help you take your skills to the next level.

If you are a student in the Humanities, Education, Management, or Social Sciences, make sure to sign up. Your future self will thank you.

For schedule and registration, click on the links below. Remember, this is a two-part workshop - make sure to sign up for both parts!

Part 1

  • Get started with your research
  • Find articles, books, and other information sources

​Part 2

  • Choose the right sources
  • Learn citation tips and tricks


Certificate and co-curricular record

If you attend both parts of the workshop, you will receive a certificate signed by the Trenholme Dean of Libraries.

Keys to Success can also be added to your co-curricular record to help showcase your participation.