MSU Libraries February 2021 Workshops

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MSU Libraries February 2021 Workshops

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Writing Your Data Management Plan

Monday, February 1 2021, 1:30-3pm

Most grant applications now require a data management plan (DMP) that describes measures that investigators will take to manage and protect research data during a project, and how they will proactively share data at the end of a project. But DMP requirements are not always easy to understand and apply to a project. This workshop will help make sense of DMPs, survey the data management plan requirements of major funders, show how to use DMPTool, and give participants a jumpstart on writing their next data management plan. This workshop builds on Crash Course in Research Data Management, but is not required for attendance.


Zotero Workshop

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 6-7:30pm

An introduction to the free open source citation management program Zotero.


LaTex Workshop

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 3-4pm

LaTeX is a typesetting system commonly used in the communication and publication of scientific, mathematical, and technical information. In contrast to word processors, LaTeX allows users to easily to write mathematical expressions, cross-reference figures and tables, and structure their document section through markup. However, because the LaTeX environment requires users to write their documents in plain text, there can be a steep learning curve to getting started. This workshop will teach students the basics of creating and edting LaTex documents using Overleaf.

It is recommended that students create a free Overleaf account before the workshop -



Make a Color Shaded Map in QGIS

Friday, February 5, 2021, 4-5pm

Learn the basics of QGIS, the free open source geospatial softwaer-this workshop will demonstrate how to make a choropleth (color sahded) map and place graduated symbols representing data on it, load shape-files and .cxv table files into QGIS, join data to spatial information and edit features.



Prepare Your Data For Upload to a General Repository

Monday, February 8, 2021, 1:30-3pm

Sharing your research data is a crucial step in the lifecycle of your project. Funders expect it, it’s good for your scholarly reputation, and it promotes transparency and reproducibility. But how can you share your data effectively? This workshop surveys the features of general self-service repositories, explains the requirements for data preparation, and equips participants to prepare and package their data to get the most benefit from their effort.



Mendeley Workshop

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 5-7pm

This is a basic introduction to the citation management program Mendeley.



Prepare Now to Survive Your Personal Digital Dark Age

Friday, February 12, 2021, 10-11:30am

All digital files are vulnerable to decay and loss. Sometimes a hard drive fails or a file becomes corrupted. But we can also lose files due to bad data management habits, obsolete technology, or, paradoxically, because we have too many copies and too many storage options. It is easy to overlook the digital photos, documents, and other files we create in daily life, in our personal research, and in our citizen science and historian scholarship. This workshop helps participants identify their most valuable computer files and create a plan for backup, self-curation, and preservation. Side effects may include improved ability to find and share files, and more restful sleep at night.



Qualtrics Workshop

Monday, February 15, 2021, 1-4pm

This workshop provides an overview of Qualtrics, a cloud-based survey software. Topics covered include basic and advanced features, survey design, communication, distribution, data analysis, and reporting. Intended audience includes anyone interested in using Qualtrics to create surveys or online forms.

A presentation & demonstration will comprise the first 1.5-2 hours; instructors will be available for questions on individual surveys until the end of the session.



Mendeley Q&A Session

Friday, February 19, 2021, 1-2pm

This is a question and answer session for users of the citation management program Mendeley.



ESRI StoryMaps

Friday, February 19, 4-5pm

ESRI StoryMaps combine narrative text, images and other content with maps allowing for the creation of spatially based narratives for the web. Story Maps are an easy to use powerful tool for presentation of all kinds of information to a public audience. They are great for classroom projects, presentation of research information, and general outreach. This workshop will present an overview of how to use the various forms of the StoryMap application. No prior knowledge of the app or GIS is required.




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