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Beyond Northwestern: Research Libraries and Collections in Chicago

  • 11:45 AM12:30 PM, Video Theater, 2712, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • Harriet Lightman, Head, Academic Liaison Services and Liaison for History
  • William McHugh, Reference Collection Management Librarian and Liaison for Classics
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, 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.

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Bodies, Genders, and Beyond: Electronic Resources for Gender Studies
  • 10:50 AM11:35 AM, Conference Room 2628, 2nd Floor, East Tower
  • Kathleen Bethel, African American Studies Librarian and Liaison for Gender Studies
  • Kristine Thorsen, Lecturer in German
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.

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Do I Need Permission to Do This? An Introduction to Using Online Content in the Age of Copyright Protections

  • 9:55 AM10:40 AM, Reference Classroom, 2699A, 2nd Floor, East Tower
  • Mariann Burright, Scholarly Communication Librarian and Liaison for Life Sciences & Environmental Studies

Copyrighted works are all around you, but you may not know it when you are seeing, touching, or listening to one! This session will introduce graduate students to basic concepts of copyright law, such as what is protected, for how long, and what constitutes public domain works. Through hypothetical situations, we will examine the critical fair use doctrine which allows use of copyrighted works for research and teaching without seeking permission. Students will learn how to assess whether a work is protected by copyright, whether they need to ask permission before using a copyrighted work, and how to create their own fair use analysis.

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Early Modern Resources: Exploring the Electronic Labyrinth of Document and Manuscript Collections, or, How Do You Spell "devil?"

  • 11:45 AM12:30 PM, Reference Classroom, 2699A, 2nd Floor, East Tower
  • William West, Associate Professor of English
  • Charlotte Cubbage, Humanities Coordinator and Liaison for English, Radio/TV/Film, Dance, Drama, Performance Studies, & Theatre

We will focus on several resources for the study of the early modern period in Britain and North America. Professor Will West will lead off the demonstration of his use of Early English Books Online (EEBO), a large scale digitization of pre-1700 British publications. Charlotte Cubbage will provide an overview of other digital resources, including manuscript collections, early modern lexicons, and finding tools for secondary resources. Deuel, deuell, deuyl, deuyll, devill, dieul, dieull, divel, dyvel, dyvell––and those are just singular forms. . .

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Electronic Resources for Education and Social Policy

  • 9:00 AM9:45 AM, Forum Room, 2799, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • Li (Qunying) Li, East Asian Studies Librarian and Liaison for Education & Social Policy
  • John Hernandez, Social Sciences Coordinator and Liaison for Economics, Psychology, and Cognitive Science

This session will introduce students to electronic resources central to the study of education and social policy.  Among the resources to be discussed will be ERIC; Education Administration Abstracts; PAIS; Policy File; and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

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Extending the Idea of a "Lernort" to a Virtual Learning Environment: Bauhaus in Chicago  

This presentation will explore teaching in three distinct environments: in the classroom, in an authentic learning site, a "Lernort", and in virtual reality.

Using the topic of Bauhaus architecture in Chicago, we will demonstrate how a topic can be introduced in class, how the idea of a "Lernort" as a place of learning outside the classroom can add to the classroom experience, and how a "Lernort" can be extended to a virtual environment to enrich learning even further.

The focus of the presentation will then shift to a demonstration of an interactive learning site (the virtual environment) which represents a virtual walk through downtown Chicago. Each stop in the virtual tour features a narrated video film focusing on a cultural and architectural significant site. The virtual tour is accompanied by interactive learning modules which contain on-line exercises to help the learner internalize the cultural and architectural information presented.

Interested participants will have a chance to go on a guided tour downtown highlighting the influence of the Bauhaus on Chicago's skyline as an example of integrating a Lernort with classroom experience and virtual reality.

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Finding Primary Sources Online: The Virtual Door to the Archives 

  • 9:55 AM10:40 AM, Forum Room, 2799, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • Janet Olson, Assistant University Archivist

Personal papers, institutional records, historic photos, and other primary sources are crucial to research in many academic fields. However, these unique materials are more difficult to track down and use because they are organized, indexed, and accessed very differently from books and periodicals. Fortunately, researchers can now benefit from technology that makes archival collections much easier to locate. In this session, you will learn about online databases and other electronic means for locating these materials; how (and why) to use archival finding aids; and what steps to take after you've identified the primary sources you need.

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Goverment Information: Online! 

  • 9:00 AM9:45 AM, Library PC Lab B183, Lower Level
  • Geoff Swindells, Head, Government and Geographic Information and Data Services

Did you know that students and faculty at Northwestern have online access to more than 120,000 congressional hearings published since 1824? Or that digital copies of U.S. decennial census reports going back to 1790 are available, for free, on the web? Do you know where to find the voting records for all resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council since 1946? Increasingly, both historical and contemporary government information is available online, and in this session we'll help you jump-start your research by showing you some of the best commercial and public domain sources of this content.

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Mapping People Place and Space: A Short Introduction to GIS in the Social Sciences

  • 10:50 AM11:35 AM, Reference Classroom, 2699A, 2nd Floor, East Tower
  • Mark Hauser, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

Geospatial analysis has become an increasingly important approach to research across many fields of inquiry, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) an increasingly essential part of the social scientists toolkit. There has also been an explosion in publicly and commercially available data generated to be used in such analysis. From data visualization to predictive modeling, GIS holds enormous potential in establishing research questions, reducing data, and answering questions in which space and place are important components.

Using examples from archaeology and anthropology, this seminar will serve as a short introduction to the potential of geospatial analysis in the social sciences and the ways in which GIS can be used to map people, place and space. The workshop will also introduce you to the numerous kinds of information from governmental and commercial sources that can be employed in such research.

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Putting Music in its Place: Finding First Hand Accounts of Musical Events, Performances, and Recordings

  • 11:45 AM12:30 PM, Conference Room 2628, 2nd Floor, East Tower
  • Greg MacAyeal, Assistant Head, Music Library

Throughout history, music has been understood in the context of its creation and performance. While we learn to love music on our own terms through recorded performance and museum-like concert halls, we lose knowing music in its original context. By using electronic research tools, we can find firsthand accounts of premier performances, reviews of now important recordings, and learn how music we love was received in its own time and place. Music Library Assistant Head Greg MacAyeal will demonstrate how to find concert and recording reviews, contemporary criticism, and other accounts of musical reception.

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Resources for Theatre, Performance Studies and Drama

  • 9:00 AM9:45 AM, Reference Classroom, 2699A, 2nd Floor, East Tower
  • Charlotte Cubbage, Humanities Coordinator 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 text and performance aspects of drama and theatre. We will touch on primary source materials, archives, and electronic texts. We will also view a variety of secondary source materials appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of theatre, including historical newspapers, electronic journal sets and multimedia resources.

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Resources in Psychology and Behaviorial Sciences

  • 10:50 AM11:35 AM, Video Theater, 2712, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • John Hernandez, Social Sciences Coordinator and Liaison for Economics, Psychology, and Cognitive Science
  • J. Michael Bailey, Professor of Psychology

This session will introduce students to concepts related to psychological and behavioral research and key library resources in these areas. Among the topics we will discuss are planning a line of research, the importance of a good literature review, and the use of meta-analysis in research. Resources to be highlighted include APA-sponsored databases (PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycCRITIQUES), the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Annual Review of Psychology, and the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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Simulating Social Networks Using NetLogo

  • 11:45 AM12:30 PM, Library PC Lab B183, Lower Level
  • Matthew Goldrick, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Everyone knows about the "six degrees of separation" that link you to anyone else on the planet (including, for example, Kevin Bacon--see In fact, the networks of interactions that define our social groupings--and their consequences for human behavior--have been studied scientifically for many years in a number of fields (sociology, political science, linguistics, psychology, communications, etc.).

Recently, there has been a great deal of research using mathematical and computational methods to approach these problems. This session will introduce you to one such tool developed here at Northwestern--NetLogo. During the session you will use this tool explore some of the properties of simple network theories. The application of these tools to problems in language change will be discussed.

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Social Sciences Computing Cluster

  • 1:30 PM2:15 PM, Forum Room, 2799, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • Bruce Foster, SSCC Architect, Academic Technologies

The Social Sciences Computing Cluster (SSCC) provides a rich suite of statistical 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 80 CPU cores that could run up to 80 simultaneous jobs, a network file service with 3.7 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, instructors 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 <>.

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Student Projects: Graduate Stipends in the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 1:30 PM2:15PM, Reference Classroom, 2699A, 2nd Floor, East Tower

Each year the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences offers a small number of summer stipends to doctoral students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. These stipends are the intended as one of the products of the Electronic Resources Forum, that is, students learn about new technology enhancements during the ERF and apply them in the initial stages of their research. The students who receive the stipends, then return to campus and encourage other students during the next ERF.

The stipends include a small salary and funds to purchase supportive hardware and/or software. The purpose of the stipends is to facilitate research that is substantially enhanced by information technology.

Examples of such research enhancements include: 3-D modeling, digital scanning and recording in the field and at controlled archives, spatial/social mapping, and video archeological surveying and GIS analysis. Join us for a brief overview of the research done this summer by stipend recipients across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Student Project Abstracts

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Vi.sual.ize: An Introduction to Digital Image Resources

  • 9:55 AM10:40 AM, Library PC Lab B183, Lower Level
  • Ann Gunter, Professor of Art History
  • Russ Clement, Art Librarian
  • Nicole Finzer, Visual Resources Librarian, Digital Collections
  • Julie Rudder, Outreach and Training Specialist, Digital Collections

What are some of the digital tools available to those interested in finding and using images in research and teaching? Where can I find help if I want to learn more? This session introduces image databases and resources specifically geared toward scholarly research in art, architecture, history, archaeology, and the humanities. We'll focus on access and content of major image collections, viewing platforms, recent enhancements, and tools that these powerful resources provide to enrich your knowledge, both visual and textual. Presenters include Art History faculty and librarians from Digital Collections and the Art Collection.

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Web of Science/Web of Knowledge
  • 9:55 AM10:40 AM, Video Theater, 2712, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • Bob Michaelson, Head Librarian, Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering

The instructor will discuss ways to effectively use ISI's Web of Science/Web of Knowledge and related products (Journal Citation Reports, ResearcherID) for literature searching, and citation analysis. Emphasis will be on applications in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and related disciplines, and will compare citation analysis from other products such as PsycINFO.

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What You Need to Know about Social Science Data Services

  • 11:45 AM12:30 PM, Forum Room, 2799, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • Kathleen Murphy, Data Services Librarian and Liaison for Sociology

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 thousands of data files acquired from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and identifies other data resources which are available for the Northwestern students and faculty. These data can be used for research and teaching in the social sciences and related fields such as education, health, transportation studies and management. 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.

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The Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: Digital Collection

  • 9:00 AM9:45 AM, Video Theater, 2712, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • David Easterbrook, Curator, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies

The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies is the largest separate library for the study of Africa in existence. Digitizing portions of its rare and unique resources make them more available for use both on campus and world-wide. Digital projects have included posters, antiquarian maps and photographs. The Winterton Collection of East African Photographs was purchased in 2002. With about 7600 photographs is more than doubled the number of original photographs in the Herskovits Library primarily depicting the colonial experience in Africa. With the assistance of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services the collection has been digitized and made accessible on the web at In this session the instructors will briefly discuss the breadth of the Herskovits Library's photograph collection and describe in detail the Winterton Collection and use of the website both from the technical and research perspective.

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The Work of Research in the Age of Electronic Reproduction: Organizing Scholarly Resources with EndNote® and Zotero

  • 10:50 AM11:35 AM, Forum Room, 2799, 2nd Floor, South Tower
  • Scott Garton, Acting Head of Reference and Liaison for Anthropology
  • Geoffrey Morse, Reference Librarian and Liaison for Religion
In an increasingly complex and fractured information landscape keeping track of your research can be an overwhelming task. Fortunately tools are available to help.  EndNote® is a powerful bibliographic tool that can help you organize your research materials and save you countless hours in the course of your reading and writing. In this session we will introduce you to the software and show you how 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.  In addition we will also provide an overview of Zotero.  Zotero is freely available citation management software that works with the Firefox Internet 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.