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Workshops for graduate students and other advanced researchers designed to help make your research process better, faster, and smarter. Stay all day or just for the sessions that interest you.


10 a.m.
The Secret Life of Citations
Kelsey Cheshire, Julie Arendt, and John Glover

Have you wondered what citations are doing when you’re not looking?  In this session, we will peel back the curtain on what happens to citations outside of their obvious existence as acknowledgements and referrals within papers. We’ll look at how disciplinary politics affect their creation and the complex, sometimes financially influential, life they develop outside publication.

11 a.m.
Your Secret Weapon: People Power
Janet Reid and John Glover

Come meet some of the untapped experts who know what you need to know to succeed! In this session you will learn how to identify expertise outside your usual channels.

12 p.m. 
Graduate Student Survival Panel
Learn survival skills from knowledgeable graduate students in this interactive session.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch with Your Librarian
Join us for lunch and informal conversations about your work with other graduate students and with library colleagues.

1:00 p.m.
Searching for Global Information and Resources
Sergio Chaparro
Get introduced to some of the most important resources for global information of multiple kinds for your research and scholarship.

1:30 p.m.
Evaluating the Quality of Scholarship
Hillary Miller and Erica Brody
“I want to cite this article, but should I trust the results?” Build your toolbox for critically evaluating research literature.

2:00 p.m.
Tip Jar
Kelsey Cheshire
In this fast-paced session, we will provide over 30 crowd-sourced tips for research success in under 30 minutes. 

2:30 p.m.
Finding the Elusive School / Life Balance
Nia Rodgers and Dana Ladd
Stressing out about life? This session will highlight the services and resources that the Libraries and the campus have for helping you manage school/work/life balance.


Registration Information

Please register, so we can know how many people to expect and join us on the day of the event. For more information or special accommodations, please contact Julie Arendt at jaarendt@vcu.edu.



Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00am - 3:30pm
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 205
Registration has closed.

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Julie Arendt


(804) 828-1539