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Guelph, Ontario Canada

October 2019

Political Science Speaker Series: Federal Election Panel Discussion

October 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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The Political Science Speaker Series presents a group of experts in Canadian politics exploring the issues at stake in the 2019 federal election. Ian Spears - Associate professor of political science, University of Guelph Tamara Small - Associate professor of political science, University of Guelph Matthew Hayday - Professor of history, University of Guelph Anna Esselment - Associate professor of political science, University of Waterloo

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Introduction to Open Educational Resources Workshop

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In a recent survey of University of Guelph undergraduate students, 57 per cent of learners reported that they do not purchase the required resources for their courses, a finding that has serious implications for student success, learning outcome achievement and course design. Open Educational Resources (OERs) provide an alternative to commercially published textbooks and other course materials. OERs are not only free of cost, but they are editable and adaptable to ensure that you’re able to provide the best curricular…

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Brain Food Workshop: Outlining Your Thesis and Explaining Your Research Findings

October 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this Brain Food workshop session, we analyze the common features and structures of the thesis/dissertation and then focus more specifically on the results and discussion sections. If possible, please bring your laptop to this workshop. Topics covered include: Outlining Your Thesis: This session offers a visual mapping strategy that you can use to organize your research and writing, structure your argument logically, manage your evidence, and ultimately create an outline of your entire thesis writing project Data Visualization: A…

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Brain Food Workshop: Writing the Literature Review

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this workshop session, we focus on one of the most difficult parts to write, the Literature Review. Please bring your laptop, if possible. Topics covered will include: Gathering and Reading Literature: A good thesis demands a good literature review, and that means finding and critically analyzing key literature in your field. In this session, learn some methods for finding and evaluating literature in order to select relevant and authoritative sources. We'll also be discussing the use of Zotero for…

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Data Analysis Workshop – R Part 3: Data Visualization with ggplot2

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this workshop, you will learn how to produce scatter plots, boxplots and time series plots using ggplot2. You will also learn how to create figures and graphics to describe your data and customize your graphics with titles, legends, colours, etc. This workshop is intended for individuals who conduct statistical analysis. Advanced knowledge of R is not needed, but some familiarity with R is needed. Please bring a laptop for your own use during the workshop with R and RStudio…

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Data Skills: Data Visualization – Excel

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Excel is a popular tool that provides many powerful features that can assist you in managing your data and help to better understand small and large data sets. While not as robust as other data visualization tools, it can be used for visualizing your data through its charting features. Come learn how to create charts using Pivot tables. Please bring a laptop for your own use during the workshop with the latest version of Excel installed. Click here for instructions…

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Introduction to Citation Management Workshop

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

This presentation will walk you through the benefits of citation management and explain how you can use citation managers to keep track of your research and speed up the citation process. Participants are required to bring a laptop to the session. We will focus on using Zotero and Mendeley (see this comparison chart) and recommend you come with them pre-installed. However, if you already use a different citation manager, the content we work through will still be relevant. Register at…

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“The Flavour of Feminism and Food” Philosophy Conference

October 25 - October 27
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

The University of Guelph and the College of Arts are pleased to host a three-day international philosophy conference Oct. 25-27. U of G will welcome new and emerging scholars from Canada, the United States and the UK at a conference showcasing feminist approaches to philosophical and public engagement on the ethics and politics of food. All current University of Guelph students may attend the conference free of charge. Full conference program is available online. The Social Dimension of Eating Consumption,…

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Brain Food Workshop: Publishing and Presenting Your Research

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this Brain Food workshop session, we focus on communicating your research to a wider audience. Please bring your laptop, if possible. Topics covered will include: Disseminating Your Thesis: This session will cover what you need to know with respect to publishing and author rights, as well as the e-thesis submission process. It will help you to identify the publishing models and options available and to understand copyright and what you should be negotiating with publishers. Presenting Your Research: Need…

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Brain Food Workshop: Getting Started on Your Thesis

October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this workshop session, we provide foundational skills and strategies that will carry you through the thesis or dissertation process. Please bring your laptop, if possible. Topics covered will include: Managing the Thesis Process: We discuss goal setting and time management strategies to keep you motivated throughout your graduate degree Formulating Your Research Question: Your research question forms the basis of your research project. In this session, we discuss how to formulate an effective research question and how to use…

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Presentation Boot Camp: Fundamentals

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Presentation Boot Camp: Fundamentals is for anyone who would like to learn more about presentation skills and strategies to use in an academic setting. This half-day workshop features a series of hands-on sessions focused on voice and speech clarity, audience engagement and slide design. Register online.

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Presentation Boot Camp: Put it in Practice

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

The most effective way to improve your presentation skills is through practice. Presentation Boot Camp: Put It In Practice is for students who would like to practice their presentation skills with a supportive group of staff and students. In a small group, you will present a short (5-8 minute) academic presentation and receive practical, timely feedback on your presentation skills. You will also expand your knowledge of presentation skills by giving feedback on other students' presentations. We highly recommend that…

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“I Can’t Use the P-Value, Now What?” Workshop

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Null hypothesis Statistical Testing (NHST) has forever been the golden standard for assessing the significance of our research results. Many disciplines, however, are now moving away from the p-value due to its lack of reproducibility. In this session, we will learn about problems with the p-value and some of the alternative more reliable ways you can assess and analyze your research data. Register at lib.uoguelph.ca.

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Data Skills Workshop: Data Visualization with Tableau – Part 1

October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

A picture is worth a thousand words! Especially when you don’t have to read the one-thousand words it would take to explain the patterns and trends in your data. There are many reasons why information is easier to explain, explore and use to convince others in a visual format. This session will provide you with some introductory theory and basic skills to make your data come to life using Tableau. Please bring a laptop for your own use during the…

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Data Skills Workshop: Data Visualization with Tableau – Part 2

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

A picture is worth a thousand words! Especially when you don’t have to read the one-thousand words it would take to explain the patterns and trends in your data. There are many reasons why information is easier to explain, explore and use to convince others in a visual format. This session will provide you with some introductory theory and basic skills to make your data come to life using Tableau. Please bring a laptop for your own use during the…

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November 2019

Brain Food Workshop: Paraphrasing and Summarizing

November 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this workshop session, we provide foundational skills and strategies to help you paraphrase and summarize more effectively when writing the introduction, literature review and discussion sections of your thesis or dissertation. Topics covered will include: Avoiding Plagiarism We discuss the University’s guidelines for maintaining academic integrity as they relate to including the ideas and conclusions of others in your thesis or dissertation. Paraphrasing Paraphrasing is a vital skill for including evidence from published sources in your thesis or dissertation…

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Brain Food Workshop: Outlining Your Thesis + Explaining Your Research Findings

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this workshop session, we analyze the common features and structures of the thesis/dissertation and then focus more specifically on the results and discussion sections. If possible, please bring your laptop to this workshop. Outlining Your Thesis: This session offers a visual mapping strategy that you can use to organize your research and writing, structure your argument logically, manage your evidence and ultimately create an outline of your entire thesis writing project. Data Visualization: A picture is worth a thousand…

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Control Academic Stress Workshop: Procrastination and Perfectionsim

November 6 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Procrastination and perfectionism are common challenges for many students. In this Control Academic Stress workshop, we'll discuss the links between procrastination and perfectionism, identify strategies to decrease procrastination, and learn techniques for managing perfectionism. At any time of the year, you can book an appointment to receive confidential, individualized support on the topics discussed in the Control Academic Stress workshop series. Register online.

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Introduction to Citation Management Workshop

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

This presentation will walk you through the benefits of citation management and explain how you can use citation managers to keep track of your research and speed up the citation process. Participants are required to bring a laptop to the session. We will focus on using Zotero and Mendeley (see this comparison chart) and recommend you come with them pre-installed. However, if you already use a different citation manager the content we work through will still be relevant. Register for…

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Control Academic Stress Workshop: Procrastination and Perfectionsim

November 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Procrastination and perfectionism are common challenges for many students. In this session, we'll discuss the links between procrastination and perfectionism, identify strategies to decrease procrastination and learn techniques for managing perfectionism. Register online.

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Data Skills Workshop: Intro to Programming With Python – Part 1

November 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Interested in using Python but don't know where to start? Join us for a hands-on, two-part workshop for folks with little experience programming. Part 1 will cover the basics of working with data in Python. We'll cover reading-in data from an external source followed by some simple manipulation and analysis using the built-in capabilities that are provided by base Python language and the pandas library. Please bring a laptop with for your own use during the workshop. The laptop will…

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Data Skills Workshop: Intro to Programming With Python – Part 2

November 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Interested in using Python but don't know where to start? Join us for a hands-on, two-part workshop for folks with little experience programming. Part 2 will go beyond the built-in. Participants will learn to iterate over data with loops, use conditional logic to make decisions on the fly, and write reusable code with functions. Join Adam Doan to learn the fundamentals of programming with Python. To get the most of the workshop, it is recommended that you attend Part 1.…

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Publishing with Pressbooks Workshop: Creating Content for the Classroom or Community

November 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to Pressbooks as a platform for content creation. Pressbooks is an online open-source publishing tool built on WordPress software that allows for the easy creation of clean, well-formatted books in multiple file types. We will start by giving the context around Pressbooks, including(use cases and advantages, then move into a tour of the platform’s functionality. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of the Pressbooks platform and an understanding of the book publishing…

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Control Academic Stress Workshop: Learning from Failure

November 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this Control Academic Stress workshop, we will discuss how failure affects us and how we can learn from failure. We will learn strategies to help us cope with failure and identify how experiencing failure can help us in the future. Participants in all four workshops in the Control Academic Stress series will receive a letter of recognition for their participation. Register online.

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Introduction to Predatory Publishing Workshop

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Predatory publishing has received a lot of news coverage in the last few years in places like CBC, the New York Times, and The Guardian. Predatory publishing is an opportunistic publishing venue that exploits the academic need to publish but offers little reward for those using the service. This presentation will do a deep dive on predatory publishing and look at how and why it exists, while offering tips on how to avoid it. Register for this workshop at lib.uoguelph.ca.

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Control Academic Stress Workshop: Coping with Exam Anxiety

November 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

Feeling anxious about tests and exams? In this Control Academic Stress workshop, we will discuss strategies to help you cope with exam anxiety while preparing for exams. Participants in all four workshops in the Control Academic Stress series will receive a letter of recognition for their participation. At any time of the year, you can book an appointment to receive confidential, individualized support on the topics discussed in Control Academic Stress. Register online.

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Data Preservation and Sharing Workshop: Things You Need to Know

November 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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When making decisions about sharing or preserving your data there are many things to consider. This workshop will highlight some of the choices available to you as a researcher. Register at lib.uoguelph.ca.

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Control Academic Stress Workshop: Planning and Prioritizing

November 20 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
McLaughlin Library, 480 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada

In this session, you will learn practical planning and prioritization strategies to help achieve school-work-life balance. The workshop will also review tools to use for short-term and long-term planning and strategies for self-care. Register online.

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