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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
Jeannette Moss, Reference Librarian and Liaison for Slavic Languages and Literatures
This session will introduce students to resources for African, Middle Eastern, East Asian, and Slavic studies. Instructors will discuss both print and electronic materials. In addition to showcasing the resources of Northwestern's unparallelled Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, panelists will highlight libraries and archives in the greater Chicago area that have particularly strong area studies collections, and discuss research strategies for area studies.

Beyond Northwestern: Research Libraries and Collections in Chicago
William McHugh, 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 instructor 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
Kristine Thorsen
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 Studies/Screen Cultures Resources in the Electronic Age
Charlotte Cubbage, Humanities Coordinator and Liaison for English, Radio/TV/Film, Dance, Drama, Performance Studies, & 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 touch on databases of television, film, and newspaper archives, as well as on tools that lead you to research articles in the fields of communications and film.

Copyright, Your Research, Data Sharing and Publication
M. Claire Stewart, Head, Digital Collections
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.

Electronic Resources for Education and Social Policy
Li (Qunying) Li, East Asian Studies Librarian and Liaison for Education & Social Policy
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. The learning objectives are: to identify appropriate databases relevant to the student’s research topic, to develop a search strategy, to locate appropriate research articles for the topic.

Finding Primary Sources Online: Your Virtual Key to the Archives
Janet Olson, Assistant University Archivist
Personal papers, institutional records, correspondence, historic photos, and other primary sources are crucial to research in most academic fields. However, these unique materials are difficult to track down because they are organized, indexed, and accessed very differently from books and periodicals. Fortunately, today’s technology has made archival and manuscript collections much easier to locate—once you know how. Unlock the secrets of the archives as you learn how to locate primary source material through online databases and other digital resources; how to use archival finding aids; and what steps to take after you identify the resources you need.

Google Books and "Real" Books
Scott Garton, Acting Head of Reference and Liaison for Anthropology
Scott Devine, Head, Preservation Department
John Hernandez, Social Sciences Coordinator and Liaison for Economics, Psychology, Cognitive Science and Latina/o Studies
M. Claire Stewart, Head, Digital Collections
Northwestern University Library has partnered with Google to digitize significant portions of our collections. In the course of your graduate careers, you'll see more and more books coming online. Join a panel of Northwestern librarians who will introduce you to our collections of electronic books and other digital initiatives, and give you some tips on effective ways to access and use electronic books.

Government Information: Online!
Geoffrey 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.

Historic Newspapers
Harriet Lightman, Head, Academic Liaison Services and Liaison for History
Peter Carroll, Associate Professor of History
Because newspapers are difficult to preserve and store in their original print format, libraries have long relied on facsimiles in lieu of paper originals. As a welcome alternative to microfilm and fiche, 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 Service (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, Factiva, and China Core Newspapers.

Mapping People Place and Space: A Short Introduction to GIS in the Social Sciences
Mark Hauser, Assistant Professor of 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 geospatial reference, consultation and instruction services available through the University Library.

Open Source Statistical Analysis for Social Science Research
Matthew Goldrick, Associate Professor of Linguistics
The open source movement has made high-powered software available to the entire scientific community at no cost--a boon to graduate students with tiny stipends! This session will introduce you to R (, an open source software environment for statistical computing and graphics. We'll discuss how R can help you visualize and analyze complex data sets, focusing on behavioral data (e.g., reaction times in an experiment; patterns of individual responses to a questionnaire).

Resources in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Catherine Grove, Head of Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging and Liaison for Communication Sciences and Disorders
This session will introduce students to medical resources available at NU, focusing on resources related to the science of speech, hearing, and learning. Web of Science and MEDLINE will be highlighted, and we will discuss how these databases can be used for literature searching and citation analysis.

Resources for Philosophy and Religious Studies
William McHugh, Reference Collection Management Librarian and Liaison for Classics and Philosophy
Geoffrey Morse, Reference Librarian and Liaison for Religion
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 will discuss additional electronic resources from the Library's webpage.

Resources in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
John Hernandez, Social Sciences Coordinator 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, 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 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 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 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
Geoff Swindells, Head, Government and Geographic Information and Data Services

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.

Specialized Library Tours and Collection Introductions
(Choose one)
Tour of Main and Deering Library: Deborah Rose-Lefmann, Bibliographic Services Librarian and Liaison for German, Jason Kruse, Reference Librarian and Liaison for Sociology
Tour of the Herskovits Library of African Studies: Patricia Ogedengbe, Librarian of Africana
Introduction to the Music Library: Greg MacAyeal, Assistant Head of the Music Library
Introduction to the Art & Architecture Collection: Russell Clement, Art Collection Librarian

The Work of Research in the Age of Electronic Reproduction: Organizing Scholarly Resources with EndNote® and Zotero
Jason Kruse, Reference Librarian
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.