GEAR – Free Workshops For Graduate Students

All graduate students are welcome to attend GEAR [Graduate Essentials for Academic Research] a series of free 90-minute workshops hosted by UNB Libraries.

All sessions will be held in the Harriet Irving Library, Learning Lab #112.

Date Time Session
Feb 11, Tuesday 10:00am

Submitting and Formatting Your Thesis/Dissertation

This session – featuring a primer on how to locate and view prior theses and dissertations from UNB graduate students – is primarily about how you can make your life easier by utilizing thesis/dissertation templates provided by UNB Libraries and the School of Graduate Studies. [RSVP]

Instructors: Rob Glencross and Mike Nason

Feb 27, Thursday 2:00pm

Copyright and Scholarly Publishing

Images are playing an increasingly prevalent role in every facet of our digital expression. This session will explore the effectiveness, sourcing and evaluation of images for personal and professional use. In celebration of Fair Dealing Week in Canada, we will practice the skills presented in the session by applying  some of the rules of the Canadian Copyright Act and how to properly (and legally) use others’ works in our own. [RSVP]

Instructors: Marc Bragdon and Josh Dickison

March 11, Wednesday 10:30am

Research Data Sharing via Institutional (Dataverse) and Discipline-Specific Repositories

The practice of research data sharing is heterogeneous, with no 'one size fits all' between and among the researchers.  This session provides an overview of recent recommendations from the publishers on data sharing, as well as gives practical recommendations on data sharing best practices. Examples and tips on how to document and describe various datasets will be presented with an opportunity to practice in writing data documentation and creating metadata. This session will also provide an overview of various discipline-specific repositories with specific examples of how to prepare a dataset for publication in Dataverse. [RSVP]

Instructor: Tatiana Zaraiskaya

March 16, Monday


Excel Fundamentals

Learn how to navigate through the Excel environment and discover various fundamental Excel functionalities (basic formatting, formulas and graphs). The session is aimed at graduate students with little or no experience with Excel and will be taught in a combination of presentation and in-class student work. [RSVP]

Instructor: Mario Tiozzo

April 8, Wednesday 10:00am

World of Archives

Did you know that only about 5% of archival materials held in provincial, federal, religious, and university archives are available digitally?  Have you ever wondered how to identify relevant archival collections or how to access primary documents? This 90-minute workshop will explore the methods necessary to access and do research in archives.  The workshop will begin with an overview of archival mandates, operations and practicalities, followed by a session in the Winslow Reading Room with original archival materials.

This session will appeal to graduate students in the humanities. When registering please indicate your faculty or area of interest. The archivist may be able to find something in the collection which could be of use in your research for the “show-and-tell” part of the workshop. [RSVP]

Instructor: Christine Lovelace

April 6, Monday 2:00pm

Intro to Patent Searching

This workshop will provide an overview of some library research skills and strategies for searching patents effectively. Topics will include: searching Canadian and international patent databases and integrated patent searching in Scopus and Patent Lens. Some helpful resources and tips will be shared for searching patents. Attendees will also have an opportunity to work on their own patent searching topics and request additional help from the librarian, if needed. This workshop is recommended for graduate students who will be conducting literature reviews for their major research papers, theses or dissertations. [RSVP]

Instructor: Saran Croos