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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Do you wish the process of writing your thesis or next research paper was going a little faster? Do you sometimes feel unfocused, frustrated or alone in the writing process?  You probably need a boost... to be more precise, a thesis boost.

Concordia’s 3-day Thesis Boost Writing Retreat is back at Loyola Campus in May 2024.  This much-appreciated retreat is tailored for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of preparing their thesis or writing an academic article. Bringing together advisors from the Library, Student Success Centre, Campus Wellness, and GradProSkills, this retreat provides a supportive and motivating environment where you will accelerate your writing process.

Throughout the retreat, you'll benefit from dedicated writing time and optional workshops focused on improving your writing strategies, productivity and wellness. Concordia University’s librarians and writing assistants will be available to provide personalized guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Plus, you’ll connect with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.

Join us to break free from isolation, connect with fellow graduate students, and develop productive writing habits. Take a significant step towards completing your thesis!

 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
  • 29 May - 31 May
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • Loyola
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.
 
  • 14 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop introduces the basic mechanisms of the typesetting programming language LaTeX as implemented in the web browser instance Overleaf. After demonstrating the concept of a compiled pdf from typesetting instructions, participants will be offered examples for how to include hyperlinks, images, mathematical equations, tables, code snippets with highlighting, and how to program diagrams. To conclude, the workshop will show how LaTeX integrates with any reference manager which can export references to BibTeX or BibLaTeX formats. 
  • 10 June
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 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.
 
  • 23 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

 
  • 15 May
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • 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

 
  • 03 June
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Sir George Williams
This friendly workshop will start you 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). By the end of the session you will have created a simple VR environment. An optional second session for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, demonstrating more advanced features and testing on different hardware will be offered (no further registration is required).
  • 11 June
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
Do you wish the process of writing your thesis or next research paper was going a little faster? Do you sometimes feel unfocused, frustrated or alone in the writing process?  You probably need a boost... to be more precise, a thesis boost.

Concordia’s 3-day Thesis Boost Writing Retreat is back at Loyola Campus in May 2024.  This much-appreciated retreat is tailored for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of preparing their thesis or writing an academic article. Bringing together advisors from the Library, Student Success Centre, Campus Wellness, and GradProSkills, this retreat provides a supportive and motivating environment where you will accelerate your writing process.

Throughout the retreat, you'll benefit from dedicated writing time and optional workshops focused on improving your writing strategies, productivity and wellness. Concordia University’s librarians and writing assistants will be available to provide personalized guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Plus, you’ll connect with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.

Join us to break free from isolation, connect with fellow graduate students, and develop productive writing habits. Take a significant step towards completing your thesis!

 
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
This friendly workshop will start you 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). By the end of the session you will have created a simple VR environment. An optional second session for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, demonstrating more advanced features and testing on different hardware will be offered (no further registration is required).
  • 17 May - 24 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
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
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.  
  • 16 February
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Online
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.  
  • 02 November
  • 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.
  • 19 March
  • 09:30 - 11:00
  • Sir George Williams
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.
  • 10 November
  • 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.
  • 14 February
  • 10:00 - 11:30
  • Online
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.
  • 26 September
  • 10:00 - 11:30
  • 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.
 
  • 08 November
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 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
Learn how to get, collaborate on, and share research or creative works with Creative Commons (CC) licences. Researchers frequently use these licences to enable open scholarship or open science processes. Whether you need images for a presentation, are seeking information for your own work, or want to mix sounds into new music, Creative Commons licences enable you to access and share with people around the world. In this workshop you will find out what the Creative Commons is and how to use CC licences. We will practice working with CC content and look at the ramifications of applying different licences to our own work. We will also explore some useful tools for finding CC-licensed work.
 
  • 24 October
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 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

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
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.
 
  • 31 January
  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • 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
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.
  • 23 January
  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • Online
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.
 
  • 02 February
  • 14:00 - 16:00
  • 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.
 
  • 01 February
  • 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.
 
  • 18 October
  • 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
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.
 
  • 25 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the modern, free, digital note-taking tool, Logseq. Integrated with Zotero and used in an academic framework, these tools can foster productive research writing. The workshop will help students start practising the principles of a Zettelkasten technique to build a personal knowledge base of literature notes, interlinked ideas, tasks, spaced repetition, visual concept maps, and more. It will show how to associate Logseq notes with bibliographic information in Zotero as part of the research writing workflow. 
  • 08 February
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • Sir George Williams
This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the modern, no-cost, digital note-taking tool, Obsidian (or Zettlr). Integrated with Zotero and used in an academic framework, these tools can foster productive research writing. The workshop will help students start practising the principles of a Zettelkasten technique to build a personal knowledge base of literature notes, interlinked ideas, long-form writing, visual concept maps, and more. It will show how to associate Obsidian notes with bibliographic information in Zotero as part of the research writing workflow. 
  • 09 February
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • 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
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • 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. 
  • 03 April
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • 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
Would you like to be able to keep a permanent copy of something that's online? Whether it's your thesis project website, source material for your research, or your favourite cat video, online content is at high risk of disappearing. This workshop will show you how to preserve web content using free and open-source tools.  This is an introductory-level workshop and no prior knowledge or technical skills are needed.
  • 20 October
  • 09:30 - 11:00
  • Online
This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the modern, free, digital note-taking tool, Logseq. Integrated with Zotero and used in an academic framework, these tools can foster productive research writing. The workshop will help students start practising the principles of a Zettelkasten technique to build a personal knowledge base of literature notes, interlinked ideas, tasks, spaced repetition, visual concept maps, and more. It will show how to associate Logseq notes with bibliographic information in Zotero as part of the research writing workflow. 
  • 14 March
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • Online
This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the modern, free, digital note-taking tool, Logseq. Integrated with Zotero and used in an academic framework, these tools can foster productive research writing. The workshop will help students start practising the principles of a Zettelkasten technique to build a personal knowledge base of literature notes, interlinked ideas, tasks, spaced repetition, visual concept maps, and more. It will show how to associate Logseq notes with bibliographic information in Zotero as part of the research writing workflow. 
  • 06 November - 07 November
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • Sir George Williams
This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the modern, free, digital note-taking tool, Logseq. Integrated with Zotero and used in an academic framework, these tools can foster productive research writing. The workshop will help students start practising the principles of a Zettelkasten technique to build a personal knowledge base of literature notes, interlinked ideas, tasks, spaced repetition, visual concept maps, and more. It will show how to associate Logseq notes with bibliographic information in Zotero as part of the research writing workflow. 
  • 10 November
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop introduces the basic mechanisms of the typesetting programming language LaTeX as implemented in the web browser instance Overleaf. After demonstrating the concept of a compiled pdf from typesetting instructions, participants will be offered examples for how to include hyperlinks, images, mathematical equations, tables, code snippets with highlighting, and how to program diagrams. To conclude, the workshop will show how LaTeX integrates with any reference manager which can export references to BibTeX or BibLaTeX formats. 
  • 30 January
  • 14:00 - 15:30
  • Sir George Williams
Does publishing your research in a suitable journal seem impossible or mysterious? This hands-on workshop seeks to demystify journal publishing while equipping graduate students with publishing strategies that go beyond the basics of avoiding predatory journals and conferences. Participants gain practice evaluating potential journals, assessing author rights language in publishing agreements, and identifying what the journal editors are likely to look for in submitted manuscripts. As journal publishing strategies develop with practice and time, we conclude the workshop with where to go to find further help. Participants will be given choices regarding which learning objectives we will focus on. 
  • 11 April
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • 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.
 
  • 21 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.
 
  • 05 October
  • 11:00 - 01:00
  • 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.
 
  • 18 January
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 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.
 
  • 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 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.
 
  • 24 May
  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • Online
What does research data management and preservation mean in the context of arts-based research-creation projects?  This workshop will discuss what Tri-Agency requirements exist and how they relate to the management of arts-based research materials, as well as provide guidance on the long-term preservation of digital files, including recommended file formats, storage practices, and tools for preserving specific types of content such as video or web-based art.  This workshop will also cover the resources and services that Concordia Library has on offer to assist students and faculty with management of their research materials and the archiving of their creations.
  • 15 February
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Online
Beyond journal articles, there are other information sources that may be useful for your engineering design project, such as standards and codes, technical reports and white papers, and patents and trademarks. In this workshop, we will look at the characteristics of these technical sources in order to better navigate them when searching and discovering information for your design. There will be discussions about the nature of scholarly sources and the basics of intellectual property. You will get to try out relevant library databases (e.g. CSA OnDemand) and free online tools (e.g. Google Patents) that help you access technical information. This workshop should be of interest to students in engineering and computer science, but all are welcome. 
  • 07 November
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 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 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.
  • 02 October
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Sir George Williams
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.
 
  • 21 February
  • 10:00 - 11:30
  • 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.
 
  • 13 February
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 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.
 
  • 29 September
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 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.
 
  • 29 September
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Online
This workshop will take you through the basics of a systematic and scoping reviews: what they are, how they differ from other types of reviews.  The session will explore the time and resources required to carry out systematic and scoping reviews, as well as outline the first steps you can take to get one started.
  • 18 January
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Online
This workshop will take you through the basics of a systematic and scoping reviews: what they are, how they differ from other types of reviews.  The session will explore the time and resources required to carry out systematic and scoping reviews, as well as outline the first steps you can take to get one started.
  • 14 September
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Online
This workshop will take you through the basics of a systematic and scoping reviews: what they are, how they differ from other types of reviews.  The session will explore the time and resources required to carry out systematic and scoping reviews, 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.     
  • 04 April
  • 09:30 - 11:00
  • Online
Do you wish the process of writing your thesis or next research paper was going a little faster? Do you sometimes feel unfocused, frustrated or alone in the writing process?  You probably need a boost... to be more precise, a thesis boost.

Concordia’s 3-day Thesis Boost Writing Retreat is back at Loyola Campus in May 2024.  This much-appreciated retreat is tailored for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of preparing their thesis or writing an academic article. Bringing together advisors from the Library, Student Success Centre, Campus Wellness, and GradProSkills, this retreat provides a supportive and motivating environment where you will accelerate your writing process.

Throughout the retreat, you'll benefit from dedicated writing time and optional workshops focused on improving your writing strategies, productivity and wellness. Concordia University’s librarians and writing assistants will be available to provide personalized guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Plus, you’ll connect with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.

Join us to break free from isolation, connect with fellow graduate students, and develop productive writing habits. Take a significant step towards completing your thesis!

 
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
Do you wish the process of writing your thesis or next research paper was going a little faster? Do you sometimes feel unfocused, frustrated or alone in the writing process?  You probably need a boost... to be more precise, a thesis boost.

Concordia’s 3-day Thesis Boost Writing Retreat is back at Loyola Campus in May 2024.  This much-appreciated retreat is tailored for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of preparing their thesis or writing an academic article. Bringing together advisors from the Library, Student Success Centre, Campus Wellness, and GradProSkills, this retreat provides a supportive and motivating environment where you will accelerate your writing process.

Throughout the retreat, you'll benefit from dedicated writing time and optional workshops focused on improving your writing strategies, productivity and wellness. Concordia University’s librarians and writing assistants will be available to provide personalized guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Plus, you’ll connect with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.

Join us to break free from isolation, connect with fellow graduate students, and develop productive writing habits. Take a significant step towards completing your thesis!

 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
  • 31 May - 02 June
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • Loyola
Do you wish the process of writing your thesis or next research paper was going a little faster? Do you sometimes feel unfocused, frustrated or alone in the writing process?  You probably need a boost... to be more precise, a thesis boost.

Concordia’s 3-day Thesis Boost Writing Retreat is back at Loyola Campus in May 2024.  This much-appreciated retreat is tailored for graduate students who are in the middle to later stages of preparing their thesis or writing an academic article. Bringing together advisors from the Library, Student Success Centre, Campus Wellness, and GradProSkills, this retreat provides a supportive and motivating environment where you will accelerate your writing process.

Throughout the retreat, you'll benefit from dedicated writing time and optional workshops focused on improving your writing strategies, productivity and wellness. Concordia University’s librarians and writing assistants will be available to provide personalized guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Plus, you’ll connect with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.

Join us to break free from isolation, connect with fellow graduate students, and develop productive writing habits. Take a significant step towards completing your thesis!

 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
 
  • 27 November - 29 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

 
  • 28 September
  • 14:00 - 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
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

 
  • 01 November
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • 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

 
  • 12 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

 
  • 31 January
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • 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

 
  • 20 February
  • 14:00 - 15:30
  • 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

 
  • 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
This friendly workshop will start you 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). By the end of the session you will have created a simple VR environment. An optional second session for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, demonstrating more advanced features and testing on different hardware will be offered (no further registration is required).
  • 08 February
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This friendly workshop will start you 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). By the end of the session you will have created a simple VR environment. An optional second session for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, demonstrating more advanced features and testing on different hardware will be offered (no further registration is required).
  • 27 September - 04 October
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This friendly workshop will start you 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). By the end of the session you will have created a simple VR environment. An optional second session for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, demonstrating more advanced features and testing on different hardware will be offered (no further registration is required).
  • 30 January - 06 February
  • 14:00 - 16:00
  • Sir George Williams
This friendly workshop will start you 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). By the end of the session you will have created a simple VR environment. An optional second session for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, demonstrating more advanced features and testing on different hardware will be offered (no further registration is required).
  • 08 May - 15 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This friendly workshop will start you 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). By the end of the session you will have created a simple VR environment. An optional second session for sharing VR creations, troubleshooting, demonstrating more advanced features and testing on different hardware will be offered (no further registration is required).
  • 25 September - 02 October
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
Would you like to be able to keep a permanent copy of something that's online? Whether it's your thesis project website, source material for your research, or your favourite cat video, online content is at high risk of disappearing. This workshop will show you how to preserve web content using free and open-source tools.  This is an introductory-level workshop and no prior knowledge or technical skills are needed.
  • 04 October
  • 10:00 - 11:30
  • Online