Library Workshops


  • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    Graduate Student Funding Resources Panel
    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Learn more about the funding process for graduate students by attending short presentations followed by a panel discussion from the Grants Information Collection and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding, as well as other offices on campus. Come with your questions! Other participants may include: The Writing Center, the Delta Program, the Financial Aid Office, and the IRIS Awards office. Register at:
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Measuring the Impact of Your Work
    4:00 pm-5:00 pm
    This workshop will provide an introduction to traditional and nontraditional scholarly metrics, such as Journal Impact Factor, h-index, and social media metrics. Participants will also gain an appreciation for the limitations of publication metrics and the varied suitability of different metrics for different academic fields and types of publications. Finally, participants will learn methods to optimize their impact. Register at:
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    Orientation to UW-Madison Libraries
    4:00 pm-5:00 pm
    New to UW-Madison? Transferring from another college or university? This workshop provides an introduction to the many resources and services the UW-Madison Libraries have to offer. You will learn about the library web site, the library catalog, article databases, finding the full text of items, interlibrary loan and requesting items, citation managers, and ways to get help with your research. Register at:
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    OpenREFINE tool
    4:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Do you have a spreadsheet with inconsistent data, null values, or too much information in one column? Clean your data quickly and efficiently with the free and open source OpenRefine tool ( You can even work on multiple spreadsheets at once, and it automatically tracks your changes. Please bring your own device or bring two forms of ID in order to check out a laptop at Steenbock Library. Note: OpenRefine requires Java. Register at:
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Finding Funding for Your Graduate Education: Hands-on
    10:00 am-11:00 am
    Learn about the benefits of using licensed search engines, as well as other advanced techniques to customize your search for funding. Please note: this workshop will take place in a PC lab, and will focus on getting hands-on experience with these funding databases. Attendance at the resources panel is strongly encouraged. Register at:
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    Finding, Using, and Teaching with Primary Sources at UW
    4:00 pm-5:30 pm
    Libraries' Special Collections staff will teach you how to find and use UW’s primary resources, whether as teaching objects or as a potential avenue for your own research. They will discuss applications for a range of disciplines, suggest ways the resources can be used in class projects and papers, and emphasize how you can actively network with library colleagues to capitalize on collections in your research and teaching. Register (& full description) at:
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    Current Awareness: Tools to Stay Up to Date in Your Field
    4:00 pm-5:15 pm
    Learn about several tools that can help you stay up-to-date in your field of research. Have tables of contents of the most recent journals sent directly to your email. Be alerted to the most recent articles on a topic. Monitor websites, blogs, and other important resources with ease. Keep track of citations and make bibliographies quickly. Register at:
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Finding Social Science Data for Research
    4:00 pm-5:30 pm
    Need to find and obtain social science data for your research? This workshop provides an introduction to using campus resources, government agencies, and consortia like Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) for finding and obtaining data. It also addresses how data is analyzed and interpreted into scholarly publications. Please register at:
  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - Fall 2018
    4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    This is the fall 2018 offering of the Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ArcGIS workshop. Students will map demographic data from the US Census using ArcMap software. To secure 1 of the 20 seats in this workshop, students must pre-register by emailing Jaime Martindale in the UW Map Library:
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Make Way for Impact! Planning and Documenting Your Broader Impacts
    4:00 pm-5:15 pm
    What are the broader, societal impacts of your research? Identify impacts and make a plan for how will you will engage with stakeholders. Explore strategies for documenting and assessing your outreach efforts. Workshop will also address the broader impacts requirements of NSF grant proposals. Register at: