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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
Ann Aler, Cartographic and GIS Resources Specialist
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:  Resources for Gender Studies
Jeannette Moss, User Education Librarian and Liaison for Slavic Languages and Literature
John Dorr, Assistant Head, Research and Information Services and Liaison for French & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese
This session will focus on the broad spectrum of resources including full texts, abstracts, directories, and other 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 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.

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.

Dealing with Data:  Gathering and Managing Your Research Data
Scott Garton, Head, Branch and Off-Campus Services
M. Claire Stewart, Head, Digital Collections and Scholarly Communication Services
John Hernandez, Acting Data Services Librarian
The Library's Social Science Data Services (SSDS) offers a variety of consultative services to help Northwestern researchers acquire and use data.  We provide access to a number of resources, including the inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, ProQuest Statistical Insight, and DataPlanet Statistical Datasets to help you get started.  In addition, granting agencies, journal publishers and others increasingly require researchers to have plans in place for long-term retention and management of their research data.  The Center for Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation (CSCDC) offers strategies and tips for curating your data and making it findable and accessible.  Participants will learn about tools and services to help identify and access sources of data already collected by government agencies and other research organizations, important information concerning the first-hand gathering of data from research subjects, and useful tips on managing your data for compliance with funding organizations

Digital Humanities at Northwestern
Josh Honn, Digital Scholarship Library Fellow
Geoffrey Morse, Liaison for Religious Studies and Linguistics and Coordinator for Humanites and Social Sciences
Digital Humanities can encompass many different projects, theories and methods.  This presentation will include a brief historical sketch of the Digital Humanities, an examination of values and methods, example projects and tools, and further resources and ways to get involved in this dynamic and rapidly evolving area.

Ebooks through the Northwestern University Library
Jason Kruse, Undergraduate Services Librarian and Liaison for Sociology
Geoffrey Morse, Liaison for Religious and Linguistic 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 Education and Social Policy

Li (Qunying) Li, Liaison for Education & Social Policy
Charmaine Henriques, Government Information Librarian
This session will introduce students to electronic resources central to the study of education and social policy.  Some of the educational resources to be discussed will be Eric; Education Administration Abstracts; and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, while the policy resources will be PAIS and Policy File.  Additionally, resources which contain government information (CQ Researcher, Proquest Congressional and GPO Metalib) that are applicable to policy research will be examined.  The learning objectives: to identify appropriate education and government information databases that are relevant to the student's research topic, to develop a search strategy, and to locate appropriate research articles.

Electronic Resources for Government Information

Charmaine Henriques, Government Information Librarian
This session will introduce students to two of the major databases developed by the Government Printing Office (GPO) that provide free online access to government information:  Federal Digital Systems (Fdsys) and (GPO) Metalib.  

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.

GIS/Geographic Information Systems:  Putting Your Research in It's Place
Ann  Aler, Cartographic and GIS Resources Specialist
Qiana W. Johnson, Schaffner and Distance Learning Librarian, and Liaison for the School of Continuing Studies
This session is designed to encourage you to access geospatial data, use GIS software for analysis, and realize the potential of geographic information as a research tool.  GIS is the result of the revolution created when satellite and advanced imaging technologies met data science.  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!  Whether you are researching economic trends or recreating historic landownership maps, GIS offers tools of analysis which go beyond words.  Google Earth and ArcGIS are the primary tools we'll focus on in this introductory session.  We'll attempt to show you where to begin or advance your research including 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 including planned workshop and instruction services available through the University Library.  

Historic News Sources
Harriet Lightman, Head, Research and Information Services and Liaison for History
John Dorr, Assistant Head, Research and Information Services and Liaison for French & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese
Because newspapers are difficult to preserve and store in their original print format, libraries have long relied on facsimiles in lieu of paper originals.  An increasing number of historical news sources are now available in digital format.  In this session, we will survey some of the materials available to members of the Northwestern community.  Sources will include examples of U.S.. papers, ranging from late 18th century newspapers to major urban dailies (The New York Times, Los Angeles Times) as well as foreign news sources, such as Foreign Broadcast Information Services (FBIS) and the Times of London.  We will also discuss some sources for surveying more recent events in the foreign press, including World News Connection and Factiva. 

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 2 p.m., from a gathering point in Ver Steeg).    

Music Scholarship in 2013
Gregory MacAyeal, Assistant Head of The Music Library
The Music Library offers scholars a world class collection of over 35 online resources and a wide range of services designed to support all your learning and teaching needs.  This session offers an introduction to RILM, IMP, Naxos, and other online music tools and describes the collection.  Attendees will also learn about the Music Library's important archival and rare materials such as the John Cage Collection.

Negotiating the University and Research Library in the United States
John Dorr, Assistant Head, Research & Information Services and Liaison for French & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese
Li (Qunying) Li, East Asian Studies Librarian, Liaison for Education & Social Policy, and Liaison for Asian American Studies
This session is intended for students that are new to university and research libraries in the United States.  Research libraries in the United States and, specifically, the Northwestern University Library may be different from the libraries you used in your home country.  We will introduce international students to the characteristics and features common to the research library in the United States and to the services we can provide at Northwestern University Library to ease the transition to using research libraries in the United States.

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 Linguistics 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 and video databases, archives, and electronic texts. We will also view a variety of secondary source materials appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of theatre.

Services to Support Your Digital Scholarship:  Digital Images, Video and Music
Charlotte Cubbage, Learning Services Librarian and Liaison for English, Radio/TV/Film, Dance, Drama, Performance Studies, & Theatre
Gregory MacAyeal, Assistant Head of The Music Library
Nicole Finzer, Visual Resources Librarian
Northwestern University Library offers digitization services and an array of resources to support your teaching and learning needs.  In this session, you'll discover online resources and collections, and learn about tools used to manage your digital images, videos and music.

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