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September 2020

Virtual study hour — Try the Pomodoro technique

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tomato shaped analog timer

Meet with fellow students in a Zoom and learn how to use the Pomodoro technique which is a brain-research based study strategy. Have an assignment ready to work on -- use focused time and get stuff done then take a group break and repeat. Zoom link will be sent to those registered. Register

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Introduction to Zotero

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to use Zotero to create your own database of citations, PDFs, images, webpages, video and audio files and more. Zotero can then be used to create citations in a large number of citation styles which can be added to Google Docs, Microsoft Word and Libre Office. We will also share tips for planning worktime for work and research this summer. We will send a Zoom link to students who are registered. Register

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Pankake Poetry featuring Wang Ping

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual Event, 309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
Wang Ping

The Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries is proud to welcome you to an inspiring and thought-provoking new season of Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds. This season we are going virtual! All events will be held via Zoom for you to enjoy from the comfort of home The new season begins with a treasured event, the 11th Annual Pankake Poetry Reading featuring Wang Ping.

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Expanding your reach: How to give your best presentation

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Do you want to improve your skills in giving presentations? In this workshop you will learn best practices for presenting, such as telling your story with the ABT template, how to use design elements, and image use. Register

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Preparing for your capstone

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
309 19th Ave. S., OMWL 499
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

Thinking of working on your capstone, and wondering where to start? Join us as we work through the capstone research process. Bring a topic to play with, and we’ll discuss where to find the right materials for your paper, how to organize its contents, and ways to more accurately cite sources. Register

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The Fault in Our Publication Agreements: Avoiding Thesis/Dissertation Copyright Tragedies

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Many graduate students publish research during the course of their studies, planning to reuse those publications in their thesis or dissertation. But some elements of the publication process can create copyright issues when it comes time to submit the dissertation or thesis! During this quick session you’ll develop a better understanding of your rights and options as an author, to avoid unpleasant surprises close to graduation. This session will be online via Zoom; link sent after registration. Session will have…

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October 2020

Voting, candidates, and getting involved: Learn to navigate the November election

October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Your vote counts and we want to help you navigate the ins and outs of the general election in November! Come to this virtual workshop led by Alicia Kubas and Maggie Parra to learn about registering to vote, navigating home address and residency information for voting, and mail-in voting. We'll also talk about how to find your polling place and specific preview ballot, resources for researching candidates and issues, and how you can be more involved with elections in your…

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Get to know Linux

October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Linux operating system (OS) family is a great tool for makers. While learning these OSes is itself an interesting DIY project, Linux OSes are also the go-to system for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBoards. In this session you’ll learn some of the basics of navigating and using Linux OSes, as well as a few tips and tricks for diagnosing problems and being an effective user. Begin registration

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Data visualizations: Design principles and targeted messaging workshop

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This Zoom workshop will introduce universal design strategies such as color, font, proximity, and shape that can be applied to traditional research visualizations such as tables and charts. It will also teach you how to create targeted messages for specific audiences through telling the story of your data. These learning objectives are grounded in ethical and accessibility principles. This workshop is intended for beginners - please be prepared with paper & pens/markers for a small activity at home. A week…

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First Fridays Online – October

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual Event, 309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
Free
Bewick platypus illustration from the Andersen Horticultural Library

Join us online for the 2020-2021 First Fridays season as we bring the archives directly into your homes for the very first time. “Collies and Toucans and Bugs, Oh My!” will be presented on Friday, October 2 by Kathy Allen, Librarian at the U of M's Andersen Horticultural Library. Make a reservation to receive instructions to connect via Zoom.

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Introduction to Citation Tools (Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote)

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual Event, 309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

Learn why you should use a citation tool to organize your PDFs. These tools create in-text citations and bibliographies while you write in MS Word or Google Docs. This workshop will talk about how to use these tools and the pros and cons of each, including Mendeley, EndNote and Zotero. We will send a Zoom link to students who are registered the week of the workshop. Register

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Introduction to Mendeley

October 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Virtual Event, 309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

Join your fellow classmates on Zoom to learn how to use Mendeley to organize papers, read PDFs and add citations to documents in a variety of styles. Mendeley can automatically locate, rename, and organize your citations and PDFs then create in-text citations and the bibliography. A Zoom link will be sent to registered students. Register

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Design for 3D printing

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this session we'll go beyond the basics of using 3D printing and learn a little bit about how to design your very own model that you can print. We will talk about how 3D design and printing work, use an easy tool (Tinkercad) to explore the concepts and design an object, and discuss other software programs and methods of making printable files. This session is oriented towards beginners with little to no experience with 3D design, but all are welcome…

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Virtual Study Hour — Try the Pomodoro technique

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual Event, 309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
Tomato shaped analog timer

Meet with fellow students and learn how to use the Pomodoro technique, a brain-research based study strategy. Have an assignment ready to work on -- use focused time and get stuff done, then take a group break and repeat. A Zoom link will be sent to those registered. Register

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Starting your paper: Choosing a topic and starting your search (online workshop)

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Virtual Event, 309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

Do you need to find a topic for a research paper or project? Or do you have a topic but you need to start finding sources? Join us for a virtual topic brainstorming session and work time with a librarian. We promise you will leave with a topic and at least one source that will make your instructor leap with joy. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you prior to the event. Register

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Finding Grant Funding for New Researchers

October 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual Event, 309 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

Find more about how to find funding opportunities available to researchers and graduate students. Learn how to use Pivot (from Community of Science) and the Foundation Directory. Register

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