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Thesis research help offered

Posted on October 11th, 2017

Booth Faculty Librarians will offer thesis research instruction during three seminars in November.

Thesis Research 101, taught by faculty librarians Steve Brantley, Kirstin Duffin and Ellen Corrigan, consist of a series of three 50 minute seminars covering different aspects of researching and preparing your thesis.

Seminar 1: Researching the literature, presented by Steve Brantley will cover the following topics:

  • What are your options for online research destinations?
  • How do you know when you have done enough research?
  • How can you identify the key journals and most relevant databases in your field?
  • What is controlled vocabulary and how can its effective use benefit my research?
  • What is Open Access and Open Research?

Seminar 1 will take place Wednesday, November 1, 7:00-7:50 pm,  and will be repeated on Thursday, November 2, 10:00-10:50 am. Both sessions will be in Booth Library rm. 4450 (4th floor).

Register here:

Seminar 2: Organizing your references using citation management software presented by Kirstin Duffin will help you:

  • Save your sources to one convenient location and access via the cloud
  • Create formatted citations and your reference section in seconds (really!)
  • Understand the software options and features in Mendeley and Zotero
  • Export citation information using library databases

Seminar 2 will take place the following week on Wednesday, November 8, 7:00-7:50 pm and will be repeated Thursday, November 9, 10:00-10:50 am. Both sessions will be in Booth Library rm. 4450 (4th floor). (

Seminar 3: Presenting your thesis (to the world) presented by Ellen Corrigan will answer the questions:

  • What happens to your thesis after you submit it?
  • How can I avoid common pitfalls when preparing my thesis?
  • How can I optimize discovery of my thesis with metadata?

Seminar three will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 7:00-7:50 pm in rm 4450 in Booth Library and then be repeated Thursday, November 16, 10:00-10:50 am in Booth Library rm. 4440.

Registration is required:

Thesis research 101

Posted on October 14th, 2016

Mark your calendar!

Library Faculty Steve Brantley, Kirstin Duffin and Ellen Corrigan, in cooperation with the Graduate Student Advisory Council, will again be offering the “Thesis Research 101” workshops.


Workshop 1: Researching the literature

How do I know when I’ve found enough? What are your online research destinations?  Identify key journals and key databases in your discipline and learn about alternative online sources for research.

Where: Room 4440 Booth Library (4th floor)
When: Tuesday, October 25 9-10 am
or Wednesday, October 26, 7:30-8:30 pm


Workshop 2: Bibliographic management software


Managing your articles and references efficiently and effectively; creating your Literature Cited section in seconds (really!); understanding software options and features; Mendeley, Zotero and bibliographic management from library databases will be covered.

Where: Room 4440 Booth Library (4th floor)
When: Tuesday, November 8, 9-10 am
or Wednesday November 9, 7:30-8:30 pm


Workshop 3: Preparing your thesis

Document formatting, Writing the abstract, using correct names and professional titles, selecting ‘descriptors’ and ‘author-supplied-keywords’ for optimal discovery, what happens after you turn it in?

Where: Room 4450 Booth Library (4th floor)
When: Tuesday, November 15, 9-10 am
Where: Room 4440 Booth Library (4th floor)
When: Wednesday, November 16, 7:30-8:30 pm


If these times and dates do not fit your schedule workshops are offered each semester. One-on-one consultations are always welcome. Join us at the reference desk or make an appointment:

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