Fall 2021 UCBA Library Research Workshops

by Lauren Wahman

The UCBA Library is offering two Research Workshops for fall 2021 – Finding Your Research Sources and Evaluating Your Research Sources. These are one hour sessions offered online and in person and registration is required. The sessions are open to all UCBA students. Refer to the 2021 UCBA Library Workshops flyer for schedule and registration information.  

Finding Your Research Sources
Need to find sources for your research assignment? Finding information can be frustrating and overwhelming, but the UCBA Library is here to help. Join librarians to discuss where to search, get some strategies for building better searches, and ask questions. 

Evaluating Your Research Sources
Not sure if the sources you’ve found are high quality? Deciding if info is trustworthy and credible can be challenging, but the UCBA Library is here to help. Join librarians to discuss source evaluation, get strategies you can use for your research, and ask questions.  

UCBA Librarians Attend ALA Annual Conference

by Heather Maloney and Kellie Tilton

UCBA Library Director, Heather Maloney and Instructional Technologies Librarian, Kellie Tilton headed to Orlando, Florida for the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Heather Maloney attended a pre-conference session on Transforming the Contributions of Student Employees in Your Library and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the passionate opening session speaker, Michael Eric Dyson. The exhibit floor was filled with the familiar and the new and probably a few too many giveaways…but how do you say no to a free book?!

Kellie Tilton spent a good chunk of time at ALA sitting in a, thankfully, air-conditioned hotel conference room for her super-secret Alex Committee meetings. She also managed to check out the fireworks at Epcot (sorry, IllumiNations) and had a blast wandering the exhibit hall. Swag she was most excited about? The Ruth Bader Ginsburg tote bag she will add to her collection.


Shredding Event and Records Management Workshops

By: Eira Tansey

A shredding event sponsored by the Office of Information Security will take place on October 29 from 9 am-1 pm on McMicken Commons. Employees may bring personal or professional records to shred. University records must be destroyed in compliance with the university’s records management policy. Information on proper destruction of university’s records may be found here or by contacting Eira Tansey, Records Manager.

UC Records Management will be offering two “Records Management 101” workshops before the end of the year. The workshops will be held on Tuesday, November 17 at 2 pm and Tuesday, November 24 at 10 am. Both workshops will take place in Blegen Library. During this workshop we will discuss the benefits from efficiently managing records, UC’s records program, public records, the definition of a “record,” the development of records retention schedules and proper means of records disposal.

To RSVP for a workshop, please email Eira Tansey, Records Manager indicating your date preferences.

Records Management workshops are regularly held each semester. For information on future workshops, please subscribe to the Records Management listserv.


Data Management Planning Workshops

Join the University of Cincinnati Libraries for a series of workshops on data management planning! The workshops will address universal data management best practices for health sciences, science and engineering students and professionals. While much of the focus is on STEM fields, this course will be useful for anyone interested in learning more about data management practices and principles. Each workshop will include a teaching portion and hands on activities. We recommend that registrants attend all three workshops if possible. Workshops will be held in the Health Sciences Library (HSL) Electronic Classroom G005G.

Register at http://webcentral.uc.edu/hslclass/home.aspx

Workshops and Dates:

  • October 13th, 12 – 1:30p – Data Generation and Collection (Data Management Workshop 1)

This hands-on workshop will cover topics such as:  types and formats of data, file naming conventions, Readme files, data templates, metadata, and roles and responsibilities with data.

  • October 20th, 12 – 1:30p – Working with Data (Data Management Workshop 2)

A hands-on workshop that covers topics such as data versioning, data backup, and UC’s new Box system

  • October 27th, 12 – 1:30p – Data Preservation and Sharing (Data Management Workshop 3)

This hands-on, interactive workshop covers important aspects of data at UC and beyond including policies at the University and national levels,  copyright and data, and how UC’s systems (Scholar@UC, Research Directory)  integrate and use data.

For more information, contact Kristen Burgess, Assistant Director for Research and Informatics, Health Sciences Library, 513-558-3071

Upcoming workshops: SciFinder, Reaxys, Mendeley & ChemWorx

workshopsGeethika Weragoda, Graduate Assistant at the Chemistry-Biology and Chemistry PhD student, will present several workshops in Langsam Library classroom 475 in the coming weeks.

Learn about using SciFinder & Reaxys for research in chemistry and related sciences, and about collaborating/managing citations with Mendeley & ChemWorx.  Each workshop will be offered twice.

Note: later this semester, we will also present workshops on LaTeX, RefWorks, Python scripting, and Screencasting.  Current schedule at http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/ceasworkshopsspring2015.

Please register for these workshops at http://webcentral.uc.edu/hslclass/home.aspx.


Reaxys & SciFinder Basics: Substance & Property Searching
Wednesday  01/21/2015               10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Monday  02/02/2015                    10:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Reaxys & Scifinder are search tools designed to retrieve chemical reactions, substance data, literature references, and other related information. These databases cover all aspects of chemistry and life sciences, including biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines. This workshop introduces several ways to search for information, including chemical structure, formula, and physical property parameters. Please register for your own account on each system before attending the workshops. Information on creating accounts can be found at http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/reaxys and http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/scifinder.

Reaxys & Scifinder Advanced: Search Reactions & Plan your Synthesis
Monday  01/26/2015      01:00 PM — 02:00 PM
Tuesday  02/03/2015      09:00 AM — 10:00 AM

Gain hands-on experience with advanced search techniques in the Reaxys & Scifinder search tools. Topics: 1) drawing tools for chemical reaction searching, 2) Creating alerts (e.g.: Keep-Me-Posted in Scifinder) and email notifications, 3) Using Reaxys & SciFinder to plan a synthesis project and share it with colleagues.  Note: If you are not familiar with drawing tools, you are encouraged to attend the “Reaxys & SciFinder Basic” workshop or to review the related database guides: http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/reaxys and http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/scifinder.


Citing & Collaboration Tools: Mendeley & ACS ChemWorx

Tuesday  01/27/2015                      10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Wednesday  02/11/2015               10:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Learn about Mendeley & ChemWorx, two citation & collaboration tools designed for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. As available as both desktop and web-based versions, these tools help you establish access groups and communicate within these groups. Topics: 1) Install of ChemWorx & Mendeley, 2) Input & organize your citations, 3) Add bookmarks to your web browser, 4) Generate citations & bibliography.  Related information: http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/mendeley and http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/chemworx.