Library Online Workshops and Events: November 2021

AI Tools for Selfies

Date: Nov. 5, 2021`
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to edit selfies. Participants will learn how to run different AI algorithms on Google Colab to modify and morph selfies.This workshop will cover how to use StyleGAN2 to generate and edit faces.


Company Research

Date: Nov. 9, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 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 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.


Market Research for Everyone

Date: Nov. 10, 2021

Time: 12 p.m. – 1 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.


Getting Started With Systematic Reviews

Date: Nov. 16, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 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. Participants may wish to look at the online guide in advance of the session.


Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic, Part 1

Date: Nov. 16, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A two-part workshop exploring some of the important functions and applications of Adobe Lightroom Classic.

Part I: The hour-long workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the software’s interface, modules, and tools for use in photographic post-production and archive management. This workshop will be followed by a short Q & A.

*Participants do not need to have Adobe Lightroom Classic to attend, but it will help to follow along more closely: https://www.adobe.com/ca/products/photoshop-lightroom-classic.html


Navigating the Library’s e-resources

Date: Nov. 17, 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.

Writing a Data Management Plan using DMP Assistant

Date: Nov. 18, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 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.


Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic, Part 2

Date: Nov. 23, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A two-part workshop exploring some of the important functions and applications of Adobe Lightroom Classic.

Part II: The hour-long workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to a standard workflow using Lightroom. During the session attendees will learn how to import, process, and export a series of images using this powerful image software. This workshop will be followed by a short Q & A.

*Participants do not need to have Adobe Lightroom Classic to attend, but it will help to follow along more closely: https://www.adobe.com/ca/products/photoshop-lightroom-classic.html


Introduction to Zotero

Date: Nov. 25, 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 lets 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. For more information on Zotero, and to sign up and download, visit: https://learn.library.ryerson.ca/zotero


First Look at Intersections Between AI and VR/XR

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

In this talk, projects and topics that have both aspects of artificial intelligence and virtual reality/mixed reality will be presented. Topics related to how those two different fields of studies come together for different types of applications will be discussed. Finally, we will present our own project where AI-generated movie posters were presented in an immersive environment such as Igloovision.


Navigating the Library’s e-resources

Date: Nov. 30, 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.


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.


Reading Scholarly Articles Strategically

Date: Oct 26, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Did you know that scholarly articles require a different approach to reading than the one you’d use for a novel or a newspaper? This workshop will break down the jargon, teach the different elements of a scholarly article, and explain how to read strategically. Learning to read strategically will save you time on your readings and make you a more effective researcher. 

This class is intended for students in all programs and especially encouraged for incoming graduate students.


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.


Legal Research for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Date: Oct. 26, 2021
Time: 4 p.m – 5 p.m.

Law has a major impact on the humanities and social sciences – whether you are researching the history of crime, writing media coverage for a trial, or analyzing the effects of legislation on society – but conducting legal research can often be intimidating. This workshop will cover the basics of legal research and is intended for researchers outside of the faculty of law. It will cover different sources of law, key terminology, and the major resources for legal research. This workshop is taught by John Papadopoulos, Head of the Ryerson Law Library, and Lisa Levesque, Law Librarian.

* This workshop is intended for students, faculty, and staff in the social sciences and humanities


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.


Legal Citation

Date: Oct. 28, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ryerson Library Law Librarians will walk you through McGill Guide citation, focusing on the most important rules and demystifying legal citation along the way. By the end of the session you should be comfortable with most legal citation and have a game plan for tackling more difficult citation problems.

This workshop is open to law students, Law Practice Program candidates, and others who use the McGill Guide for legal citation.


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