Library Online Workshops and Events: October 2021

Grant Writing for Graduate Students

Date: Oct. 5, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A small workshop designed for approximately 5 participants that provides instruction and strategies for grant writing. The workshop will involve informal lecture by the instructor and short presentations by participants. Participants will be expected to come to the workshop with draft versions of their proposal and will work with the instructor and other participants to refine their ideas over the course of the workshop.


Writing a Data Management Plan using DMP Assistant

Date: Oct. 7, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that outlines what data will be created, and what you will do with that data during and after your research project. Documenting a plan for your data is good practice and an integral part of responsible data management. This workshop will go through the steps of creating a data management plan using DMP Assistant, an online tool that follows best practices in data stewardship and walks you through key questions about your data.


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Oct. 7, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

A literature review can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a crucial academic skill. It is essential to research, and is frequently required in course assignments throughout university. This session will break down the reasons why we do literature reviews and the steps one must take in order to ensure a sufficient and/or thorough exploration of the resources where the literature is found. Tips and tricks for managing the process will be offered. Participants will have increased confidence in defining and conducting the literature review, and will become familiar with the key resources required to complete one.


Market Research for Everyone

Date: Oct. 12, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Do you want to get started on market research for your venture, small business, or organization? This hands-on workshop introduces participants to subscription databases available through Ryerson Library that can help you find relevant data, consumer/client behaviour and preferences, industry trends, and more. This workshop is open to all Ryerson students and employees, and no prior experience is required. Please have your my.ryerson login information available to use during the session.


Critical data literacy and COVID-19 visualizations: strategies to slow the spread of misinformation

Date: Oct. 14, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The need to understand data visualizations has never been more important. Every day we are inundated with more Covid-19 data, graphs and charts. Some of these data visualizations are well-designed and easy to understand, and others are confusing and misleading. This workshop will cover common data visualization issues that lead to confusion and misinformation, and will use critical data literacy strategies to evaluate charts and graphs.


Navigating the Library’s e-resources

Date: Oct. 19, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant and scholarly information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated and the differences between information retrieved through Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information will be discussed. This workshop will be offered through Zoom. A link to the session will be sent to you before the workshop. Please check your email.


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Oct. 20, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A literature review can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a crucial academic skill. It is essential to research, and is frequently required in course assignments throughout university. This session will break down the reasons why we do literature reviews and the steps one must take in order to ensure a sufficient and/or thorough exploration of the resources where the literature is found. Tips and tricks for managing the process will be offered. Participants will have increased confidence in defining and conducting the literature review, and will become familiar with the key resources required to complete one.

Getting Started with Systematic Reviews

Date: Oct. 21, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This session is intended for students, research assistants and faculty who are planning to undertake a systematic review, or who are interested in applying systematic research methods to a current project. We will discuss the core components of a systematic review, what makes a review ‘systematic’, and how to apply advanced research skills when searching the literature. There will be a particular focus on how best to utilize the library’s resources when undertaking a systematic review.


Introduction to Patent Searching

Date: Oct. 21, 2021

Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Novel? Useful? Non-obvious? This interactive workshop introduces participants to the Library’s tools for patent searching, as well as free online tools. Learn how to search for and file Canadian and international patents, as well as reasons you might not want to. In addition to these skills this workshop includes an overview of how patents and intellectual property law have contributed to systemic exclusion and potentially even hindered global creation and discovery.


Introduction to Zotero

Date: Oct. 26, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero let’s you add citations to journal articles, websites and books with a single click. You can also use it to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies in the style of your choice. Use of a citation manager is highly recommended for graduate students, faculty, and research assistants.


Coincidence or Conspiracy: Tackling conspiracy theories with critical research and reading skills

Date: Oct. 26, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This workshop explores the reasons why conspiracy theories continue to have such an important role in our society and why developing your critical research and reading skills are now more important than ever. We will discuss the history of conspiracy theories, why we believe them, and how to fight them.


Perfecting the Pitch

Date: Oct 27, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A one-hour workshop focused on developing attendees pitching skills for academic and non-academic projects. The workshop will provide practical guidance, tips, and personalized feedback. The workshop will involve a presentation by the instructor followed by breakout groups and presentations of attendees’ pitches.


Getting started with LaTeX: an intro to basic features

Date: Oct. 28, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

LaTeX is a document preparation system widely used in many STEM fields. As an alternative to MS Word or Google Docs, LaTeX specializes in the creation of professional documents, and excels in typesetting equations, inserting figures and graphics, and managing references. If you haven’t used it before there is a learning curve, but once you are familiar with some basic commands you can create professional-looking documents very easily. This workshop will provide a quick overview of core LaTeX features and will get you started with a simple document in Overleaf. 

Note: No previous knowledge of LaTeX is required.


Library Online Workshops and Events: September 2021

Get Ready to Vote: How to Research Politics and Find Credible Sources

Date: Sept. 9, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Feeling overwhelmed with information about the upcoming election? This workshop will help you cut through the noise to learn facts about the political parties from credible sources. It will provide resources for evaluating bias and give you tools to get informed and ready to vote. First time voters are especially welcome!


Get Ready to Vote: How to Research Politics and Find Credible Sources

Date: Sept. 14, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Feeling overwhelmed with information about the upcoming election? This workshop will help you cut through the noise to learn facts about the political parties from credible sources. It will provide resources for evaluating bias and give you tools to get informed and ready to vote. First time voters are especially welcome!


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Sept. 17, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A literature review can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a crucial academic skill. It is essential to research, and is frequently required in course assignments throughout university. This session will break down the reasons why we do literature reviews and the steps one must take in order to ensure a sufficient and/or thorough exploration of the resources where the literature is found. Tips and tricks for managing the process will be offered. 

Participants will have increased confidence in defining and conducting the literature review, and will become familiar with the key resources required to complete one.

Cancelled – Navigating the Library’s e-resources

Date: Sept. 21, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant and scholarly information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated and the differences between information retrieved through Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information will  be discussed. This workshop will be offered through Zoom.  A link to the session will be sent to you before the workshop.  Please check your email.


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Sept. 22, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A literature review can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a crucial academic skill. It is essential to research, and is frequently required in course assignments throughout university. This session will break down the reasons why we do literature reviews and the steps one must take in order to ensure a sufficient and/or thorough exploration of the resources where the literature is found. Tips and tricks for managing the process will be offered.

Participants will have increased confidence in defining and conducting the literature review, and will become familiar with the key resources required to complete one.


Company Research

Date: Sept. 30, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Get hands-on experience using Library databases to find unusual information about large companies, as well as some standard company info. Do you want to make a list of the $100 billion dollar companies in your favourite country? Read news about a specific CEO? Get to know Library databases that can help you with your coursework? 

This quick workshop is open to everyone and requires no prior experience.


Past Online Workshops