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Library Workshop Incentive Program: About

Use this page to learn about the Program and to find workshops to attend, either a la carte or as part of a themed workshop track.

About the Program

The Library Workshop Incentive Program is designed to encourage and reward Yale students who participate in the library's education program, from taking a tour of Yale Library spaces to attending a workshop on citation management, visual resources, the research process, and more. Any student who participates in at least 3 library programs during the fall 2021 semester will be eligible for a prize!

How it works: Register for a library workshop or tour. After you have attended at least 3, a librarian will contact you with information about how to pick up your prize.

Eligibility: All current Yale students are welcome to participate, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Browse this page to find workshops to attend using the library's workshop calendar.


Browse the Full Workshop Calendar

Introduction to Research at Yale

Essential Library Research Skills

Sample topics include: navigating the new library website, using Quicksearch, finding books and scholarly articles, using databases, creating a bibliography, and more!

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Let’s Find Books: Navigating the Library Catalog, BorrowDirect, and Interlibrary Loan

Attendees will learn best practices for how to access print and e-books from Yale Library, as well as how to use BorrowDirect and Interlibrary Loan when material is not available.

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How to Find Scholarly Articles

This 30-minute workshop will cover the fundamentals of how to find scholarly articles from Yale Library, using Quicksearch and other library databases, such as Academic Search Premier (EBSCO), ProQuest News & Newspapers, and JSTOR.

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Introduction to Zotero: A Citation Manager

Using Zotero, students will learn how to quickly save citations from Yale Library resources and from on the web, organize citations into a collection / folder / group, generate a bibliography using Microsoft Word or Google Docs, take notes to avoid plagiarism.

Demystifying the Literature Review

This 1-hour workshop will cover why a literature review is important, how to conduct a literature review, ways to evaluate your source, how to use citation management software (like Zotero) to organize sources, take notes, and attribute authors.

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Visual Literacy Workshops

30 Minutes to a Better Selfie

Join us for a virtual 30-minute session covering basic tips on how to create better photos, followed by a discussion on where your images go once they’re published online.

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Boost Your Google Image Searches

In this 30-minute virtual session, learn tips and tricks on how to get better image results from Google Images. We will also cover basics of copyright and using image citations for your work.

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Critical Image Analysis: Sourcing high quality images for publication 

In this 30-minute workshop, learn strategies to critically examine images online and locate high-quality images for your research. This session is great for anyone looking for high-resolution, color-accurate images online for research papers or presentations.

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The Workshop Incentive Program is brought to you by the Reference, Instruction, and Outreach (RIO) Committee at Yale Library. Questions, comments, and suggestions can be sent to Jennifer Snow (, RIO Chair 2021-2023.