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Area Studies at Northwestern University Library
David Easterbrook, Curator, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
Li (Qunying) Li, East Asian Studies Librarian and Liaison for Education & Social Policy
Harriet Lightman, Head, Research and Information Services and Liaison for History
Kathleen Bethel, African American Studies Librarian and Liaison for Gender Studies
Jeannette Moss, User Education Librarian and Liaison for Slavic Languages and Literatures
This session will introduce students to resources for African, Middle Eastern, East Asian, Slavic, Caribbean and Spanish and Portuguese studies. Instructors will discuss both print and electronic resources as well as research strategies in general. Panelists will focus both on Northwestern's own unique resources as well as highlight libraries and archives in the greater Chicago area that have particularly strong area studies collections. Following a general introduction each area group will have its own break-out session.

Beyond Northwestern: Research Libraries and Collections in Chicago
Harriet Lightman, Head, Research and Information Services and Liaison for History
William McHugh, General/Interdisciplinary Studies Coordinator, Reference Collection Management Librarian and Liaison for Classics and Philosophy
Join Northwestern University librarians on a virtual tour of the rich resources available in libraries and repositories throughout the greater Chicago area. In this session, the instructors will examine some of these resources, and look at the way the various libraries' web sites can help identify research materials. Included will be the University of Chicago, the Center for Research Libraries, the Newberry Library, and the Chicago History Museum, among others.

Bodies, Genders, and Beyond: Electronic Resources for Gender Studies
Kathleen Bethel, African American Studies Librarian and Liaison for Gender Studies
This workshop session will focus on the broad spectrum of resources including full texts, abstracts, directories, and other electronic material available to students whose investigations lead them to study women and men, gender and sexuality, and issues of cultural identity and sexual politics. In addition to suggesting effective search strategies and optimal electronic resources for initiating an investigation or research project, the workshop will also treat specialized resources in the social sciences and the humanities depending upon participants' interests.

Communications: Managing your Research
Charlotte Cubbage, Learning Services Librarian and Liaison for English, Journalism, Radio/TV/Film, & Theatre
Stacey Devine, Assistant Head, Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Department and Liaison for Communication Studies
Join us for an overview of both primary and secondary resources. We will explore databases that lead you to scholarly research in the fields of communications, film, media, social behavior and technology, as well as streaming services for television shows, news broadcasts and documentary films.

Copyright, Your Research, Data Sharing and Publication
M. Claire Stewart, Head, Digital Collections and Scholarly Communication Services
What do you need to know about managing your own copyrights and navigating use of copyrighted material in your research? Throughout your career at Northwestern, you will be creating material to which you own the copyright: presentations, papers, digital media, reviews, articles, and your dissertation. You may also want to use others' copyrighted material in your work. This session will help you understand the basics of copyright, what and how it protects, when to ask for permission, and how to prepare to publish your book or article. The basics of a publishing agreement, a brief fly-by of data sharing projects, and an introduction to open access will be included.

Digital Image Collections
Russ Clement, Head, Art Collection and Liaison for Architecture, Art History, Theory and Practice
Ann Gunter, Professor of Art History and Humanities
Nicole Finzer, Visual Resources Librarian
Deb Verhoff, Art Collection Public Services Librarian

This session introduces visual resources available for access and management of digital collections  to support teaching and learning in the humanities, specifically art, architecture, history, classics, and archaeology. We will focus on both local and subscription-based  digital collections, viewing platforms, recent enhancements, and tools that these resources provide to enrich your knowledge. Presenters include a professor of Art History and Humanities and librarians from Digital Collections and the Art Collection.

Ebooks through the Northwestern University Library
Jason Kruse, Undergraduate Services Librarian Liaison for Sociology
Geoffrey Morse, Liaison for Religious Studies and Coordinator for Humanities and Social Sciences
This session will explore the breadth of the Northwestern University Library's many ebook collections. Whether you are in the Social Sciences or the Humanities, researching contemporary or historical material, the library probably has an ebook collection that can help you in your research.  The session will also cover accessing ebooks, navigating  the various platforms, as well as information and tips on downloading ebooks.

Electronic Resources for Strategic and Security Studies
Charmaine Henriques, Government Information Librarian
This session will introduce students to standard U.S. government information resources central to the study of strategic/security studies.

Finding Primary Sources Online: Your Virtual Key to the Archives
Janet Olson, Assistant University Archivist
Personal papers, institutional records, documents, historic photos, and other primary source materials are crucial to research in most academic fields. However, these unique materials can be difficult to track down because they are organized, indexed, and accessed very differently from books and periodicals. Fortunately, you can benefit from technologies that make archival and manuscript collections much easier to locate. This session will unlock the secrets of the archives by revealing how to find primary sources through online databases and other digital resources; how to use archival finding aids; and what steps to take after you’ve identified the resources you need.

Geospatial Literacy: GIS Has Its Place - Here at Northwestern and Everywhere.
Ann Aler, Geospatial and Cartographic Specialist
Qiana M. Johnson, Librarian, Branch and Off-Campus Services Dept. and Liaison for the School of Continuing Studies
Geospatial analysis requires development of a new literacy; geospatial literacy. Any Geographic Information System (GIS) is the result of the revolution created when mapping science met satellite and advanced imaging technologies. Add to that the wealth of public, commercial and academically generated data, and geography is as exciting and essential today as it was for the great explorers.
GIS is a science which has become an increasingly important means of analysis, especially within the social and earth sciences. Although access to geospatial information is literally all around us; whether on our phones, throughout our transit systems, or in business and government’s use of logistical planning strategies, the task to become literate in GIS and geospatial data analysis techniques is a challenge. What’s the difference between a .kml and a shapefile? What is a spatial join? Aren’t polygons usually in Geometry class? This seminar will serve as a short introduction to the potential of geospatial analysis and show where you can begin or advance your research. We’ll look at commercial software like ArcGIS, and open-source options, as well as strategies for navigating the sea of government mapping and data sites. The goal is to achieve an overview of the wealth of resources available when the surface of geospatial analysis is scratched. The workshop will also introduce you to the geospatial reference, consultation and instruction services available through the University Library.

Meet the Subject Specialists: Coffee and Conversation
Drop by the Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge to meet the Library's subject specialists, learn about our services and collections and share coffee, cookies, and informal conversation.  All are welcome to come and stay as long as your schedule permits. Tours of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, the Music Library, and other specialized collections will also be available (tours will start at approximately 1:45, from a gathering point in Ver Steeg).   

Mobile Access to Scholarly Resources

Chris Comerford, Director of Information Technology, WCAS
John Hernandez, Web and Mobile Services Librarian
Geoff Swindells, Head, User Experience Department
Harlan Wallach, Digital Media Architect Lead, NUIT Academic and Research Technologies

Did you know that you have 24/7 access to a broad variety of scholarly resources from your laptop, tablet, or other mobile device? Or that library and IT staff are available to help make your mobile research experience more productive? Join us to learn about mobile access to library and other scholarly resources at Northwestern, take a look at some mobile apps you may want to add to your toolkit, and find out about the services that are available to support an untethered research agenda. This is also a chance for us to learn from you, and to improve the way we deliver and support scholarship in a mobile environment, so come prepared to tell us what we can do to help you make the most of your graduate career.

Organizing Scholarly Resources with EndNote® and Zotero

Steve Adams, Life Sciences Librarian and Liaison for Environmental Studies
Jason Kruse, Undergraduate Services Librarian and Liaison for Sociology
In an increasingly complex and fractured information landscape keeping track of your research can be an overwhelming task. Fortunately, tools are available to help.  In this session we will introduce you to the bibliographic tools EndNote® and Zotero that can help you organize your research materials and save you countless hours in the course of your reading and writing. EndNote® can help you gather information from remote databases, organize and sort records and notes, and automatically format citations and bibliographies in a finished paper. Zotero is a freely available citation management software that works through a web browser. Zotero is easy to use and allows you to collect, manage, and cite your research sources. Both Zotero and EndNote® can be invaluable resources to anyone pursuing research at the graduate level.

Resources for Philosophy and Religious Studies
William McHugh, General/Interdisciplinary Studies Coordinator, Reference Collection Management Librarian and Liaison for Classics and Philosophy
Geoffrey Morse, Liaison for Religious Studies and Coordinator for Humanities and Social Sciences
This introduction to electronic research through the Northwestern Library system will focus on databases and full text resources linked from the Religious Studies and Philosophy research guides. We may also discuss additional electronic resources from the Library's webpage.

Resources for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
John Hernandez, Acting Data Services Librarian and Liaison for Economics, Psychology, Cognitive Science and Latina/o Studies
This session will introduce students to key library resources related to psychological and behavioral research. Resources to be highlighted include APA-sponsored databases (PsycINFO, PsycEXTRA, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycCRITIQUES), the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Annual Review of Psychology, and others. Some pointers on effective Internet searching for scholarly material will also be covered.

Resources for Theatre, Performance Studies and Drama
Charlotte Cubbage, Learning Services Librarian and Liaison for English, Radio/TV/Film, Dance, Drama, Performance Studies, & Theatre
The world's a stage, which vastly complicates research in the information age. This session highlights resources for both textual and performance aspects of drama and theatre. We will touch on primary source materials, image databases, archives, and electronic texts. We will also view a variety of secondary source materials appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of theatre, including historical newspapers and electronic journal sets.

Social Sciences Computing Cluster
Bruce Foster, SSCC Architect, Academic & Research Technologies
The Social Sciences Computing Cluster (SSCC) provides a rich suite of analytical software applications, an advanced computational capability, and a centrally-managed data storage service to support the research activities of Northwestern social scientists. Accounts on the SSCC are available free of charge to Northwestern social sciences faculty researchers and to their graduate students. The cluster of Linux systems provides two interactive systems, a batch cluster with 240 CPU cores, a network file service with 14 TB of storage, a wide variety of statistical software applications, online access to NU Library's datalib files, and consulting and education services.
In this session, the instructor will introduce participants to these resources and discuss their role in your doctoral research. A brief demonstration of the SSCC will complete this presentation.
Students interested in the Social Sciences Computing Cluster can learn more by visiting <>

Social Science Data Services: How to Find the Data You Need
John Hernandez, Acting Data Services Librarian and Liaison for Economics, Psychology, Cognitive Science and Latina/o Studies
Geoffrey Swindells, Head, User Experience Department

Participants in this session will be introduced to the research process and data consulting services which are available through the Social Science Data Services (SSDS). Data Services maintains access to data files acquired from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, ProQuest Statistical Datasets as well as other data resources for the Northwestern students and faculty. These data can be used for research and teaching in the social sciences and related fields such as economics, political science, education, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. Participants will have the opportunity to review a number of sources by topic and to learn how to access the resources for their own research.