Common Quandaries Event Archive
This page contains descriptions of our past Common Quandaries workshops and other related events along with relevant materials and resources.
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Common Quandaries Graduate Student Workshop Series
Organizing Your Research and Using Citation Managers
Last Offered: 4/11/17 & 4/27/17
Developed by: Hang Minh Le (hle12 at umd dot edu) and Nick Slaughter (naslaughter dot english at gmail dot com)
Description: Still adapting your workflow to graduate school? Starting a new project and worried about staying organized? Need a solution for keeping track of your PDFs and other files? Learn strategies for organizing your research, hear the experiences of other graduate students, consider the benefits of cloud storage apps, and get introduced to citation managers like EndNote Web, Mendeley, and Zotero.
Resources: Workshop materials; LibGuide; Video tutorial
Curating Your Professional Digital Presence
Last Offered: 4/19/17
Developed by: Katie Kaczmarek Frew, Setsuko Yokoyama, and Caitlin Carter
Description: Have you considered establishing an online presence for your academic identity? Wondering how to leverage social media to build academic contacts and publicize your own work? Want to learn how open access publication and repositories might benefit you? Did you know there are library resources that could help with these topics and more? This workshop will help you to think about how to approach social media as a professional, how you might engage in the professional online conversations in your field, and best practices for sharing your own work or others'. You will also learn about how libraries' resources can benefit your scholarly reputation. Bring your laptops to set up accounts or get feedback on the digital presence you've already established!
Speed Geeking, Or How I Learned to Love Talking about My Research Interests outside My Discipline
Last Offered: 5/23/17
Developed by: Nick Slaughter (naslaughter dot english at gmail dot com)
Description: By “Speed Geeking” we mean that we’re challenging you to practice talking about your research interests to different audiences—each other! The format is like speed dating where participants rotating around the room and talking to different people, but you’ll be focusing on why you’re here in graduate school and the things you’re working on. This is an important skill to develop for a number of scenarios in which networking will be important to you: conferences, job hunting, explaining to your aunt and uncle what it is that is consuming your life at the University of Maryland. Another way to think of this exercise is as an extended “elevator pitch,” the idea of explaining your research to someone quickly and concisely during an elevator ride.
Resources: Workshop Materials
Science Communication for the Non-Scientist
Last Offered: 3/28/17
Developed by: Lauren Young and Nick Slaughter (naslaughter dot english at gmail dot com)
Description: Have your research interests turned toward the interdisciplinary? Are you working on a new project a little outside your normal academic field? Need to get familiar with the writing and methodology in STEM disciplines? Always wanted to meet a STEM librarian? We've got the workshop for you! The workshop will introduce different genres of science communication and their potential value to your research, as well as strategies for using STEM-specific library databases. Last but not least, we'll break down a STEM research article, discussing its structure and other formal aspects, to give you a footing for approaching other articles in the future.
Resources: See our video tutorial here; click link for handouts!
Libraries' Resources Refresher
Last Offered: 2/28/17
Developed by: Patricia Herron, Chuck Howell, Stephanie Ritchie, and Nick Slaughter (naslaughter dot english at gmail dot com)
Description: Has it been a while since your campus libraries orientation? Couldn't make it at the time? Join us at the McKeldin Research Commons for a Libraries Refresher Workshop to remind yourself of what your libraries have to offer. Meet three subject specialist librarians, learn about some essential library resources you might have missed out on, ask questions, and be put in touch with the people who have the answers!
Resources: Workshop Materials
Co-Sponsored and Related Events
Graduate School Writing Center Research Write-In Events
Description: On the first Friday of every month, join the Graduate School Writing Center for a twist on the Weekly Write-in: the Research Write-In. We’ll be joined by a Research & Learning librarian who will offer an opening lesson about effective search strategies, and then be available throughout the session to support you with your research questions and challenges. As usual, there will be a Fellow from the Graduate School Writing Center available for writing consultations. For more information and to register, please go to go.umd.edu/GradWriteIn
How to Write a Literature Review: An Introduction to Writing and Research in Graduate School
Description: The Graduate School Writing Center, in partnership with the Libraries, recently offers workshops for graduate students focused on entering an academic conversation through research and writing. The workshops cover graduate-specific library privileges, effective research and citation practices, writing from sources, and a general introduction to the literature review process.
Resources: Workshop video recording