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Graduate Essentials of Academic Research (GEAR)

Developing Advanced Skills

Graduate Essentials of Academic Research (GEAR) takes a systematic approach to developing advanced research skills and knowledge in graduate students. This knowledge is critical for graduate students to navigate the research lifecycle, and provides a solid research foundation for graduate researchers-in-training to collect, organize and manage data related to research projects at UNB, and beyond.

GEAR objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of advanced research skills for graduate students
  • Boost the confidence and efficiency of graduate students who are engaged in research projects that require the use of library resources
  • Promote awareness and use of library services, resources and expertise
  • Encourage peer learning and networking communities

Session descriptions:

In this session we'll talk about the research process, selecting databases, searching effectively, knowing when you've searched enough, and the best ways to keep all your sources organized. We'll also talk about Google Scholar, Google Books, the Internet Archive, and other important research sites you'll want to know about.

  • Zotero: An intro to Zotero, which is a free, easy-to-use citation management tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.
  • Mendeley: This session gives an overview of Mendeley and covers the basics of using Mendeley for reference management as well as advanced functions such as editing citation style, using 'Watch folder', creating groups, and sharing references.

Images play an increasingly prevalent role in every facet of our digital expression. This session explores 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.

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.

This workshop provides 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.

This session presents how to effectively use a variety of databases for patents and standards research. Topics include an overview of the advanced Scopus features and functions, such as journal analytics and metrics, author profile, research trends, PlumX metrics, alerts, and export citations to Mendeley and other programs. We will compare Google Scholar and Scopus, and demonstrate how to set up off-campus access to full-text publications in Google Scholar.

Discover UNB Libraries market research databases. Learn how they can help validate a business idea, lead you to competitors, provide information on emerging technologies, and more.

Challenges and Opportunities: Careful planning for managing your research data has never been more important! Find out more about how UNB Libraries' Research Data Management Services can help. In this session, we'll explain how research data are different from other datasets and discuss issues, as well as opportunities for data sharing and dissemination. We'll highlight new and upcoming Tri-Agency requirements regarding research data management planning and data deposit and provide a brief overview of the role of Portage Network, a national initiative to develop research data management services and infrastructure.

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.

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.

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. This session will appeal to graduate students in the humanities.