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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. Students will be contacted around October Recess and finals to retrieve their 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.

Introduction to Research at Yale

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.

Using the Library Remotely

This online workshop is designed to help you make the most of your remote access to materials available through the Yale Library. If you're planning on doing research over recess - this workshop is great for you!

Reading Strategies for Writing Papers

Doing original research can feel overwhelming, especially when you need to read scholarly texts to prepare to write a paper. Join us to learn strategies to tackle scholarly texts efficiently.

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.

Visual Literacy Workshops

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.

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.

Browse the Full Workshop Calendar

Graduate Workshops

Pro Search Strategies in Google Scholar

This session will include an overview of advanced search tips and tricks in Google Scholar including how to cut down your results from 2.5 million to 2500 to 25, how to improve the relevancy of your results by using advanced search operators, and how to troubleshoot when you can’t access an article.

Next Steps with Zotero

This workshop is for experienced users of Zotero and those who have attended the First Steps/Introduction to Zotero workshop. Attendees will learn how to clean up and organize their library (duplicates, tags, notes, related items), share Zotero libraries with groups, and optimize Write-N-Cite by reformatting citation styles, manually editing, dual citations in one parentheses.

Office Hours - Refining Your Research Questions

Meet with librarians to discuss how to refine your research questions. We will discuss how others have looked at your topic, if it has been studied before; and if not, ask questions about how it may fit within the literature.

Finding Sources for Your Research Paper or Article’s Introduction and Background

The research you are doing right now stands on centuries of modern scientific journals and books, and sometimes, it can be challenging to figure out what to prioritize in your work's introduction — not to mention find everything you need to cite. This is a 60-minute workshop for anyone in the sciences facing these challenges. 

Creating Your Online Research Presence

As a researcher, you put so much time and energy into your work, and you want it to stand out. The academic ecosystem and the commercial market have proposed solutions to meet this need, and we now have a plethora of profile systems, ranging from ORCID and the Clarivate Researcher ID to Google Scholar Profiles, Academia homepages, and ResearchGate. This workshop will walk you through how to prepare your profiles. 

Past Workshops - Fall 2021

Past Undergraduate Workshops

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!

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.

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.

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.

Reading Strategies for Writing Papers

Doing original research can feel overwhelming, especially when you need to read scholarly texts to prepare to write a paper. Join us to learn strategies to tackle scholarly texts efficiently.

Past 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.

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.

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.

Past Graduate Workshops

Finding Sources for Your Research Paper or Article’s Introduction and Background

The research you are doing right now stands on centuries of modern scientific journals and books, and sometimes, it can be challenging to figure out what to prioritize in your work's introduction — not to mention find everything you need to cite. This is a 60-minute workshop for anyone in the sciences facing these challenges. 

Demystifying the Literature Review: Social Sciences Focus

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