"I recommend it to all new graduate students as it will provide you with much more than you ever could imagine." ~Student
Advance your library research skills: MyResearch is a series of workshops tailored to graduate and postdoctoral students. It consists of four modules for each of the following subject areas: 1) agriculture, environmental sciences and nutrition, 2) health and biological sciences, 3) humanities and social sciences, and 4) physical sciences and engineering.
Module DescriptionsMyResearch Module 1: EndNote Essentials [register]
Learn to use EndNote: a powerful citation management program that will change the way you do researchMyResearch Module 2: Graduate Research Tool Kit [register]
Understand and locate different types of information produced at each stage of the research cycleMyResearch Module 3: Search Strategies & Techniques [register]
Learn advanced search strategies and techniques to make the best use of specialized resources for your disciplineMyResearch Module 4: Getting Your Research Out [register]
Learn about issues and trends in scholarly publishing, and gain a better understanding of citation analysis tools and metrics
MyResearch by Discipline
Agriculture, environmental sciences & nutrition
Some of the specialized resources students will encounter in the sessions for Agriculture, Environmental Sciences and Nutrition disciplines include:
- An overview of resources for searching the hard-to-find “grey literature” including theses, patents, standards, government information, etc.
- In addition to the broadly applicable Web of Science and Scopus databases, students will be exposed to discipline-specific resources for searching the article literature tailored to their area of study (e.g. PubMed, Agricola, Compendex).
- Issues in scholarly publishing, such as open access, and academic integrity are discussed. Students will also receive an introduction to citation metrics at author, article, and journal levels (including, for example, h-index and journal impact factor).
See the MyResearch (Agriculture, environmental sciences & nutrition) subject guide for more information
Health & biological sciences
Some of the specialized content we will cover in the Life Sciences MyResearch series include:
- Searching Medline (via PubMed and Ovid) using Medical Subject Headings
- An overview of grey literature resources including Canadian health statistics
- Tips on keeping up with the latest developments in your field
- Issues related to scholarly publishing such as open access and citation metrics at author, article, and journal levels (e.g. h-index and journal impact factor)
See the MyResearch (Health & biological sciences) subject guide for more information.
Humanities & social sciences
Some of the specialized topics students will encounter in the Humanities & Social Sciences sessions include:
- Setting up Endnote to find full-text for your citations.
- Expert techniques for article searching in important interdisciplinary databases (Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus) and subject-specific databases (examples include JSTOR, SocINDEX, and PsycINFO).
- Locating theses with rich bibliographies.
- Discussions of issues in contemporary scholarly publishing, including open access and copyright issues, and how they impact your research.
- An introduction to citation metrics at the author, article, and journal levels that will including discussions of the h-index, journal impact factor, and alternative metrics (altmetrics).
- Tips for identifying core Humanities & Social Sciences journals, professional associations, and opportunities for publishing and funding.
See the MyResearch (Humanities & social sciences) subject guide for more information.
Physical sciences & engineering
Some of the content that students will encounter in the sessions for Physical Sciences and Engineering include:
- Answering frequently asked questions on when and how to cite.
- An overview of resources for searching the hard-to-find “grey literature,” including theses, patents, and standards.
- Searching Web of Science and/or Compendex for articles on their topics, and receiving feedback from the instructors on their search strategies.
- Creating an online concept map of their research projects using the CmapTools software.
- Issues in scholarly publishing, such as open access and academic integrity. Students will also receive an introduction to citation metrics at the author, article, and journal levels (including, for example, the h-index and journal impact factor).
See the MyResearch (Physical sciences & engineering) subject guide for more information.
These guides are a great place to find resources in your discipline:
- MyResearch (Agriculture, environmental sciences & nutrition)
- MyResearch (Health & biological sciences)
- MyResearch (Humanities & social sciences)
- MyResearch (Physical sciences & engineering)
Certificate and Co-Curricular Record
If you attend all four modules, you will receive a certificate signed by both the Trenholme Dean of Libraries and the Dean of Graduate and PostDoctoral Studies.
As part of SKILLSETS, MyResearch can also be added to your co-curricular record to showcase your involvement in this activity.
If you've participated in the MyResearch workshops, we'd appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill out a short, online survey that we've prepared.