Concordia Library


As an essential partner in the academic enterprise, the Concordia Library provides a diverse university community with the information resources and services fundamental to learning and the pursuit of knowledge. The Library is committed to the advancement and promotion of knowledge, the development of digital skills as the heart of academic success, and the promotion of responsible citizenship and lifelong learning.

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This workshop aims to lessen the experience of information overload by focusing on the information search process from a holistic perspective.
Some of the techniques and strategies that will be explored include concept mapping to make connections and identify gaps in your current research, search techniques like citation searching and bibliometric tools, and browsable resources at Concordia like BrowZine and Sofia. We will also discuss ways of managing information overload such as research logs, search alerts, and literature matrices.  
  • 23 February
  • 14:00 - 15:30
  • Online
Are you comfortable using Zotero but feel like you might not be getting the most out of it? This workshop is designed for people that would like to discover some tricks for working with Zotero. We will take a hands-on approach, so please bring your computer already configured for using Zotero.
  • 14 March
  • 15:00 - 16:00
  • Loyola
This workshop will focus on the main sources of social statistics in Canada, namely Statistics Canada's Website, more specifically the Data section and the Canadian Census. Provincial statistics (Institut de la Statistique du Québec) will also be mentioned. The second part of the presentation will present the concept of microdata and introduce students to data available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). We will review the best methods to identify relevant surveys. The various types of data files (PUMFs, Master Files) will be described and students will be shown how to access those files via the Odesi database or by going to the Research Data Centre at McGill (QICSS). There will be a demonstration of Odesi which will focus on searching the platform for surveys and individual variables and on downloading datasets and associated documentation.
  • 14 February
  • 10:00 - 11:30
  • Online
Primary sources are original documents and objects that were created at the time under study, or by participants or observers of the events. Suited for students who need to incorporate historical resources into their research, this workshop offers an introduction to finding sometimes elusive primary sources appropriate for graduate study. Students will learn how to identify and retrieve original documents in a variety of formats at Concordia Library and beyond. You will learn the relevant skills necessary to find, evaluate, and cite primary sources.
 
  • 09 March
  • 14:00 - 16:00
  • Online
Some publishers now require that data supporting published research be made publicly available at the time of publication. On top of increasing the impact of your research, sharing data promotes transparency, reproducibility and progress. This workshop will provide essential tips on preparing your data for publication and choosing the best place to share the data.
 
  • 01 February
  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • Online
A quick and simple introduction to the Linux operating system. This workshop is for beginners with little to no experience working with this free and open-source OS.
 
  • 02 February
  • 14:00 - 16:00
  • Sir George Williams
Learn the basics about patents and how to search for them. Patents are a form of intellectual property for protecting inventions. This workshop is aimed at providing a general overview of intellectual property and patents. What purpose do they serve? What does a patent look like? Where to search for patents? How does one file for a patent in Canada? This is an introductory session, as such, does not provide any specific advice on patent filing. 

Join us in-person at the Visualization Studio of the Webster Library (LB-314) for an immersive experience using the interactive 9 metre display wall. Otherwise, you can also join online via Zoom. 
  • 03 April
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Sir George Williams
This high-level workshop will introduce students to some modern, free, academic tools and how they support digital note-taking for research writing. The workshop will briefly introduce students to some principles of the Zettelkasten technique with examples for taking literature notes. It will show how to associate notes and writing with bibliographic information in Zotero. Emphasis will be on the free tools Zotero and Logseq, with brief discussion of Zettlr or alternative personal knowledge management tools and resources.
 
The workshop will offer some basic techniques of using Markdown and simple queries but does not require programming knowledge.
  • 14 March
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • Online
Concerned about the publication process and what it might look like for you and your research? Join members of the Concordia University research and publishing community with peer review experience in various disciplines, to get the inside scoop on what’s expected and what to expect.
 
  • 09 February
  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • Online
This is an introductory workshop for students in all disciplines who wish to better understand and include Indigenous perspectives in their research. The workshop will briefly situate the university library within settler colonialism in Canada, provide context to current research on indigenous topics and include discussions around the limits of terminology and subject classification. The instructors will guide students to recommended resources for Indigenous topics and provide an overview of research ethics guidelines.
 
  • 21 February
  • 10:00 - 11:30
  • Online
This workshop will take you through the basics of a systematic review: what it is, how it differs from other types of reviews.  The session will explore the time and resources required to carry out a systematic review, as well as outline the first steps you can take to get one started.
  • 16 February
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Online
When someone looks you up online: what do they see? How will future employers learn about your accomplishments? While taking inspiration from outstanding researcher profiles, this workshop is designed for graduate students across disciplines to make informed decisions about their online presence. In building a public image of one’s scholarship, we will explore a range of profile systems such as Google Scholar, social media for academics, university profiles, and ORCID. While offering general tips and tricks, special attention will be given to ORCID as a versatile tool, favouring the researcher’s control. Finally, there will be plenty of space for a critical discussion on the benefits and challenges of public and open scholarship. Come prepared to explore and participate.     
  • 21 February
  • 15:00 - 16:30
  • Online
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Zotero, a desktop and web-based tool that you can use to organize the references you find in library catalogues and databases, insert citations in your papers, and prepare bibliographies or reference lists quickly and effectively, in a wide variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, et cetera). We will look at integrating Zotero with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. We will also cover how to share folders and citations (e.g., for collaborative projects or to disseminate reading lists). No experience with Zotero is necessary.

Please ensure that you set up Zotero in advance of the workshop. You can find instructions on how to set up Zotero on the Library website: https://library.concordia.ca/help/workshops/zotero-prerequisites.pdf

 
  • 31 January
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • Online
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Zotero, a desktop and web-based tool that you can use to organize the references you find in library catalogues and databases, insert citations in your papers, and prepare bibliographies or reference lists quickly and effectively, in a wide variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, et cetera). We will look at integrating Zotero with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. We will also cover how to share folders and citations (e.g., for collaborative projects or to disseminate reading lists). No experience with Zotero is necessary.

Please ensure that you set up Zotero in advance of the workshop. You can find instructions on how to set up Zotero on the Library website: https://library.concordia.ca/help/workshops/zotero-prerequisites.pdf

 
  • 15 February
  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • Sir George Williams
A two-part workshop to help you start building Virtual Reality (VR) experiences quickly and easily. This workshop makes use of the A-frame  JavaScript library. Prior knowledge of JavaScript or HTML is NOT required (but it doesn't hurt). The second session is for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, and demonstrating more advanced features.

This is a two-part workshop. Attendance on both days is mandatory. 
  • 30 January - 06 February
  • 14:00 - 16:00
  • Sir George Williams
Does your thesis or research paper need a boost? Then join us for this hybrid three-day writing event, hosted in a supportive and motivating setting, and take a leap towards finishing your writing project.
 
Thesis Boost is for graduate students in the middle to later stages of writing their thesis or research papers. In partnership with the Library, Student Success Centre and Campus Wellness, we will offer you dedicated writing time, optional workshops, activities, and consultations with librarians and writing advisors to advance your writing project and adopt productive writing habits.
 
Library computers can be used as availability permits.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
 
  • 18 May - 20 May
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • In person & online
A two-part workshop to help you start building Virtual Reality (VR) experiences quickly and easily. This workshop makes use of the A-frame  JavaScript library. Prior knowledge of JavaScript or HTML is NOT required (but it doesn't hurt). The second session is for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, and demonstrating more advanced features.

This is a two-part workshop. Attendance on both days is mandatory. 
  • 17 May - 24 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This is an introduction to Arduino, a user-friendly microcontroller platform that will allow you to build anything from a weather station to a wearable electronics device. All equipment for the session is provided.
 
  • 31 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop will focus on the main sources of social statistics in Canada, namely Statistics Canada's Website, more specifically the Data section and the Canadian Census. Provincial statistics (Institut de la Statistique du Québec) will also be mentioned. The second part of the presentation will present the concept of microdata and introduce students to data available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). We will review the best methods to identify relevant surveys. The various types of data files (PUMFs, Master Files) will be described and students will be shown how to access those files via the Odesi database or by going to the Research Data Centre at McGill (QICSS). There will be a demonstration of Odesi which will focus on searching the platform for surveys and individual variables and on downloading datasets and associated documentation.
  • 12 October
  • 09:00 - 10:30
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop will guide participants through the first steps of doing data analysis, specifically text mining with Weka.
 
Weka is an open-source machine-learning tool. We will be replicating the work of Mike Thelwall in his paper on Gender bias in machine learning for sentiment analysis.

Before getting into the hands-on text mining exercise, we will present a brief introduction to AI and machine learning, as well as the notion of algorithmic bias; what it is, how is introduced, and its repercussions.

By the end of the workshop participants will have applied a sentiment analysis technique to a gender-segregated data set and be able to determine its effect on the resulting predictive model.
 
  • 11 May
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop will guide participants through the first steps of doing data analysis, specifically text mining with Weka.
 
Weka is an open-source machine-learning tool. We will be replicating the work of Mike Thelwall in his paper on Gender bias in machine learning for sentiment analysis.

Before getting into the hands-on text mining exercise, we will present a brief introduction to AI and machine learning, as well as the notion of algorithmic bias; what it is, how is introduced, and its repercussions.

By the end of the workshop participants will have applied a sentiment analysis technique to a gender-segregated data set and be able to determine its effect on the resulting predictive model.
 
  • 25 January
  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop will guide participants through the first steps of doing data analysis, specifically text mining with Weka.
 
Weka is an open-source machine-learning tool. We will be replicating the work of Mike Thelwall in his paper on Gender bias in machine learning for sentiment analysis.

Before getting into the hands-on text mining exercise, we will present a brief introduction to AI and machine learning, as well as the notion of algorithmic bias; what it is, how is introduced, and its repercussions.

By the end of the workshop participants will have applied a sentiment analysis technique to a gender-segregated data set and be able to determine its effect on the resulting predictive model.
 
  • 09 November
  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • Sir George Williams

This workshop will get you started in the world of synthesizers. A short introduction to the basics of sound will be followed by a look at how the components of a synthesizer work together to make sound synthesis possible.

 

No music theory or knowledge is required. Feel free to prepare questions and sounds you would like to synthesize.

 

  • 26 September
  • 14:00 - 16:00
  • Sir George Williams
The publication of research is a fundamental part of scholarly activity in humanities and social sciences disciplines but the publication process can seem somewhat daunting to first-time authors. How do authors approach publishers and share their work? How do authors choose publishers? What are publishers’ expectations of their authors? This workshop will discuss differences among scholarly book publishers and key areas of collaboration between authors and scholarly publishers such as book proposals, transforming dissertation research into publications, approaches to scholarly writing, and peer review.
  • 24 January
  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • Online
A quick and simple introduction to the Linux operating system. This workshop is for beginners with little to no experience working with this free and open-source OS.
 
  • 16 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
A quick and simple introduction to the Linux operating system. This workshop is for beginners with little to no experience working with this free and open-source OS.
 
  • 13 October
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
OpenRefine is a powerful, free tool that simplifies working with messy data. During this workshop, attendees will learn how OpenRefine can be used to clean and normalize data sets, reorder columns, filter data, and transform data sets into different file types.
 
  • 12 October
  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • Sir George Williams
Learn the basics about patents and how to search for them. Patents are a form of intellectual property for protecting inventions. This workshop is aimed at providing a general overview of intellectual property and patents. What purpose do they serve? What does a patent look like? Where to search for patents? How does one file for a patent in Canada? This is an introductory session, as such, does not provide any specific advice on patent filing. 

Join us in-person at the Visualization Studio of the Webster Library (LB-314) for an immersive experience using the interactive 9 metre display wall. Otherwise, you can also join online via Zoom. 
  • 16 November
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop will introduce participants to the practice of web archiving and show them how to preserve their web content using free and open-source tools. This workshop should be of particluar interest for graduate students looking to preserve their thesis project websites, researchers who are concerned about the future of their grant-funded project websites, and anyone with web-published content that they would like to keep useable and accessible long-term.
 
This is an introductory-level workshop and no prior knowledge or technical skills are needed.
 
Important note: participants are encouraged to create a free account with Conifer ahead of the workshop: https://conifer.rhizome.org/.
  • 20 October
  • 09:30 - 11:00
  • Online
This high-level workshop will introduce students to some modern, free, academic tools and how they support digital note-taking for research writing. The workshop will briefly introduce students to some principles of the Zettelkasten technique with examples for taking literature notes. It will show how to associate notes and writing with bibliographic information in Zotero. Emphasis will be on the free tools Zotero and Logseq, with brief discussion of Zettlr or alternative personal knowledge management tools and resources.
 
The workshop will offer some basic techniques of using Markdown and simple queries but does not require programming knowledge.
  • 10 November
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop aims to ensure that participants do not miss out on the little-known research tools and tricks which can be indispensable for effective graduate level research at Concordia in all subject areas. We will cover essentials such as:
1. Pinpointing the best spots on the library web site for graduate students
2. Discovering services, resources and perks reserved for grad students only
3. Knowing when and how to seek in-depth assistance from Concordia subject specialists
4. Using specialized and subject-specific resources
5. Optimizing access to Concordia resources from on and off campus
6. Efficiently accessing material within and beyond Concordia
Participant questions and input will be invited throughout the session.
 
  • 31 May
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop aims to ensure that participants do not miss out on the little-known research tools and tricks which can be indispensable for effective graduate level research at Concordia in all subject areas. We will cover essentials such as:
1. Pinpointing the best spots on the library web site for graduate students
2. Discovering services, resources and perks reserved for grad students only
3. Knowing when and how to seek in-depth assistance from Concordia subject specialists
4. Using specialized and subject-specific resources
5. Optimizing access to Concordia resources from on and off campus
6. Efficiently accessing material within and beyond Concordia
Participant questions and input will be invited throughout the session.
 
  • 26 January
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • Online
This workshop aims to ensure that participants do not miss out on the little-known research tools and tricks which can be indispensable for effective graduate level research at Concordia in all subject areas. We will cover essentials such as:
1. Pinpointing the best spots on the library web site for graduate students
2. Discovering services, resources and perks reserved for grad students only
3. Knowing when and how to seek in-depth assistance from Concordia subject specialists
4. Using specialized and subject-specific resources
5. Optimizing access to Concordia resources from on and off campus
6. Efficiently accessing material within and beyond Concordia
Participant questions and input will be invited throughout the session.
 
  • 20 September
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop aims to ensure that participants do not miss out on the little-known research tools and tricks which can be indispensable for effective graduate level research at Concordia in all subject areas. We will cover essentials such as:
1. Pinpointing the best spots on the library web site for graduate students
2. Discovering services, resources and perks reserved for grad students only
3. Knowing when and how to seek in-depth assistance from Concordia subject specialists
4. Using specialized and subject-specific resources
5. Optimizing access to Concordia resources from on and off campus
6. Efficiently accessing material within and beyond Concordia
Participant questions and input will be invited throughout the session.
 
  • 06 October
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • Online
This workshop focuses on the numerous art-related search tools and resources in the library and how to use them in conjunction with Google Scholar and other web tools. You will discover strategies for tracking down hard-to-find materials as well as learn about library services that give you access to an expansive network of resources in Concordia Library and beyond.
  • 26 September
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Sir George Williams
This is an introductory workshop for students in all disciplines who wish to better understand and include Indigenous perspectives in their research. The workshop will briefly situate the university library within settler colonialism in Canada, provide context to current research on indigenous topics and include discussions around the limits of terminology and subject classification. The instructors will guide students to recommended resources for Indigenous topics and provide an overview of research ethics guidelines.
 
  • 29 September
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Online
Does your thesis or research paper need a boost? Then join us for this hybrid three-day writing event, hosted in a supportive and motivating setting, and take a leap towards finishing your writing project.
 
Thesis Boost is for graduate students in the middle to later stages of writing their thesis or research papers. In partnership with the Library, Student Success Centre and Campus Wellness, we will offer you dedicated writing time, optional workshops, activities, and consultations with librarians and writing advisors to advance your writing project and adopt productive writing habits.
 
Library computers can be used as availability permits.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
 
  • 23 November - 25 November
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Zotero, a desktop and web-based tool that you can use to organize the references you find in library catalogues and databases, insert citations in your papers, and prepare bibliographies or reference lists quickly and effectively, in a wide variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, et cetera). We will look at integrating Zotero with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. We will also cover how to share folders and citations (e.g., for collaborative projects or to disseminate reading lists). No experience with Zotero is necessary.

Please ensure that you set up Zotero in advance of the workshop. You can find instructions on how to set up Zotero on the Library website: https://library.concordia.ca/help/workshops/zotero-prerequisites.pdf

 
  • 09 May
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • Sir George Williams
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Zotero, a desktop and web-based tool that you can use to organize the references you find in library catalogues and databases, insert citations in your papers, and prepare bibliographies or reference lists quickly and effectively, in a wide variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, et cetera). We will look at integrating Zotero with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. We will also cover how to share folders and citations (e.g., for collaborative projects or to disseminate reading lists). No experience with Zotero is necessary.

Please ensure that you set up Zotero in advance of the workshop. You can find instructions on how to set up Zotero on the Library website: https://library.concordia.ca/help/workshops/zotero-prerequisites.pdf

 
  • 27 September
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • Loyola
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Zotero, a desktop and web-based tool that you can use to organize the references you find in library catalogues and databases, insert citations in your papers, and prepare bibliographies or reference lists quickly and effectively, in a wide variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, et cetera). We will look at integrating Zotero with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. We will also cover how to share folders and citations (e.g., for collaborative projects or to disseminate reading lists). No experience with Zotero is necessary.

Please ensure that you set up Zotero in advance of the workshop. You can find instructions on how to set up Zotero on the Library website: https://library.concordia.ca/help/workshops/zotero-prerequisites.pdf

 
  • 05 October
  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • Sir George Williams
A two-part workshop to help you start building Virtual Reality (VR) experiences quickly and easily. This workshop makes use of the A-frame  JavaScript library. Prior knowledge of JavaScript or HTML is NOT required (but it doesn't hurt). The second session is for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, and demonstrating more advanced features.

This is a two-part workshop. Attendance on both days is mandatory. 
  • 27 September - 04 October
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams