We are glad that you’ve chosen to participate in the 2012 Dissertation Forum, and we look forward to working with you! The workshop will be held Wednesday, July 18 – Thursday, July 19, 9am – 4pm. In order to customize the workshop for you, please answer the following questions and select specific workshops tailored to your current stage in the dissertation writing process:
Please fill in the following:
How many semesters have you completed in your program?:
What is your projected graduation date?:
Please check all boxes that apply to your current status in your program:
Accepted/Successfully Defended Proposal/Prospectus
Please identify your comfort level with the library resources, including databases, research tools, and citation management:
Please select a value
Amateur (I have not used the library resources extensively)
Professional (I am confident using the library databases, citation management software, and developing a literature review for my dissertation project)
Expert (I do not need any assistance using the library resources)
What would you like to know about available library resources?
Please let us know your plans in regard to technology for the forum:
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I will borrow a library laptop for the session
I will bring my own laptop for the forum
The interdisciplinary faculty panel will address any questions that you have in regard to the dissertation process. Please list questions that you would like the panel to address:
Which breakout sessions would you like to participate in? An example of items that will be addressed is included after each session title. Please list your top 4 choices in order of interest:
Addressing IRB concerns (IRB representative) - Learn how to develop a research protocol and familiarize yourself with the online IRB system
Finding Your Motivation: Keeping on Track with Your Dissertation (Jill Langer, Ph.D., Psychologist, Counseling Center) - Come to this workshop to learn about ways to identify barriers, establish priorities, manage time, negotiate with your advisor, and maintain a healthy balance.
Writing a Literature Review (Karen Langbehn, Writing Center Asst. Coordinator) - Learn how to narrow a search appropriately and synthesize your references.
Library Orientation for New PhD Students (Susie Ariew, Education Librarian) - Get a quick overview of starting points for conducting research in your chosen discipline, accessing and locating resources and library experts, searching the databases effectively, and identifying citation management systems available to you.
Organizing Your Research with RefWorks (Audrey Powers, Arts Librarian) - Bring your research with you and get help organizing folders, creating RSS, sharing folders with collaborators, Write-N-Cite, and more. This workshop requires basic familiarity with RefWorks.
Organizing Your Research with EndNote (Megan Sheffield, Science Librarian) - Bring your research with you and learn how to use the powerful search within, customize citation styles, create and edit your bibliography, and more.
Advanced Research Topics (Susie Ariew, Education Librarian) - This session is for doctoral students who already know the basics but want to know tools for an exhaustive literature review for their proposals.
Copyright concerns (Merilyn Burke) - Learn how fair use applies to your dissertation project and find out the implications of ETDs.
Apps for Research (Drew Smith, Information Literacy Librarian) - Learn how to use mind mapping software to generate and preserve ideas; record, organize, and preserve notes and images (using Evernote); and backup and synchronize your documents across platforms (using Dropbox).
Scholarly Publishing, Impact Factors, Citation Ranks, and More (Megan Sheffield, Science Librarian and Matt Torrence, Engineering Librarian) - This session will outline the various ways you can use specialized and bibliographic tools to gauge your impact, as well as locate and select the right sources for research and publication.
Doing Research with Special Collections (Melanie Griffin, English & American Literature Librarian and Andy Huse, History Librarian) - Learn how to use the Special & Digital Collections in your research projects.
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