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Library Workshops 2012/2013 School Year

Not all classes are offered every semester; check the calendar to see if the class is offered during the current semester.

Resource Specific

Introduction to new Holmes: A Brief orientation to the basics of searching the new Boston College University Libraries Catalog. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Computer Languages

TEI: Textual Encoding Initiative: An introductory class to the fundamentals of text encoding within a humanities context.  Participants will learn what the TEI is and guidelines for simple encoding for source materials. Click here to view calendar sessions.

XML: Short for eXtensible Markup Language, XML is designed to transport and store data. In this session, participants will learn XML syntax, well-formed and valid XML, DTD, and displaying XML with CSS. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Subject specific

Incorporating a Digital Humanities Component into your class: Aimed at faculty this course provides a "best practices" approach to using digital humanities tools and processes in humanities courses for the purposes of communication, collaboration and facility of research. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Locating and Using Data for Secondary Research at Boston College: Boston College offers many cross disciplinary sources and repositories of data for secondary research. Learn how to find the data you need for your research or class assignment using discovery tools such as the Data/GIS & Statistics Collection, ICPSR  (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) and research guides highlighting key U.S. and international data. Downloading data and the use of statistical software for data analysis will also be demonstrated. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Data Management Workshops: Introduction to best practices for managing, sharing and preserving research data for the long-term, as required by some funding agencies. Data citation best practices. Tailored to specific disciplines as indicated. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Citation Management Tools

Refworks: Learn how to use RefWorks for collecting and managing your citations, creating in-text citations and generating formatted bibliographies. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Introduction to EndNote: Learn the basics of collecting and managing citations using EndNote citation management software, and how to use it to create in-text citations and bibliographies. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Zotero for History Grad Students: A free Firefox, Chrome, & Safari extension that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives within your web browser. Zotero allows you to automatically import references and full-text documents from online catalogs (e.g. Holmes, WorldCat) and databases (e.g. JSTOR, America: History & Life), as well as open websites like Amazon, newspaper sites, blogs, etc. You can then easily create automatically formatted bibliographies and in-text citations from your library of references. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Software/Technology Tools

Photoshop: A brief look at some of the features and functions in Photoshop that we most often use when working with our digital collections. Attendees will become familiar with Photoshop’s basic tools for manipulating and evaluating images. Click here to view calendar sessions.

SPSS: Click here to view calendar sessions.

Text Analysis Tools: Using Project Bamboo as a starting point, participants will gain an overview of the tools available online that help discover key words and ideas researchers may otherwise not have noticed. Click here to view calendar sessions.

Introduction to ArcGIS: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. Learn mapping and analysis with the latest version of ArcGIS software using 2010 Census data and examples of GIS analysis in various disciplines. Access to Data/GIS collections and technical support offered at Boston College will also be discussed. Click here to view calendar sessions.