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MyResearch Graduate Seminar Series

MyResearch is a suite of workshops tailored to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. MyResearch is designed to better equip you with essential research skills, and knowledge about the various ways the Library can support you during your research.

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Note: Each workshop is two hours long with plenty of hands-on practice. Topics cover the beginning of the research process, including the refining of the research topic, right through to ways to enter the research community, all from the perspective of the Library’s resources and services (below is a summary description of each workshop).

If you do attend all four modules, you will receive a certificate signed by both the Trenholme Dean of Libraries and the Dean of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies.

Module 1: EndNote Essentials

LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the conclusion of this session you will be able to:

  • Manage your information resources efficiently and comprehensively

Track your citations and safeguard its integrity. Update your citation management skills by using EndNote citation management software. You will learn how to manage references, create bibliographies, 'Cite While You Write', and much more. If you have a laptop, feel free to download the EndNote software before the workshop and bring your laptop with you.

Module 2: Graduate Research Tool Kit

LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the conclusion of this session you will be able to:

  • Translate your topic into a search strategy which will uncover relevant information
  • Find the specific information on your topic using general resource discovery tools
  • Broaden, narrow and refine your topic through reading, viewing, listening and accessing appropriate content
  • Make most of your library and the internet

Make the most of your Library. Gather useful tips on how to broaden and refine your research topic. Search effectively using known sources and less obvious ones and learn how to obtain different types of resources such as: articles, e-books, theses, patents, government information and data. Discover how to get your hands on information not available at McGill via the Interlibrary loan or the CREPUQ card.

Module 3: Search Strategies & Techniques

LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the conclusion of this session you will be able to:

  • Make effective use of the specific subject databases to locate journal articles, e-books and other sources on your topic
  • Locate data for your research
  • Find specific types of information resources (e.g., theses, government information, patents, etc.)
  • Update your information needs and awareness of the information cycle

Reach an advanced level in resource discovery and learn effective search strategies. Understand discipline-specific resources and how they can give you an edge on research. Find relevant information for your own research topics. Stay ahead by using alerting services, RSS feeds and social network environments.

Module 4: Getting Your Research Out

LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the conclusion of this session you will be able to:

  • Find professional associations, other networking opportunities, workshops and conferences related to your needs
  • Understand publishing core journals which have a key impact
  • Be aware of the implications of submitting to certain journals
  • Understand peer review
  • Keep track of your research
  • Appreciate the discourse surrounding academic integrity

Find out how to enter the scholarly conversation with practical tips on finding professional associations and conferences, identifying core journals in your filed and discovering those that are best for publishing your research results. Find out why impact factors and citation analysis tools are so important and how to use them. Explore and learn about the Open Access movement and the institutional repositories. Learn about the impact of a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) when you sign it with a publisher. This workshop will also highlight the importance of academic integrity and intellectual property.