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      February 12, 2020


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      Advance Your Research: Webinars

      A series of online workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers, designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter. A recording will be available after each session.

      The series is free and open to all, but please register for the session you plan on attending. For special accommodations, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.
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      Incorporating Feminist Practice into Your Research
      Presenters: Kelsey Cheshire, Hillary Miller & Patricia Sobczak
      Nov. 20, noon-1 p.m.

      Have you considered how to assimilate your personal beliefs as a feminist into your scholarly pursuits? This webinar presents theoretical approaches to incorporate feminist practice into your research.

      Data Searching for Secondary Data Analysis 
      Presenter: Nina Exner
      Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m.

      Data is everywhere online. There are statistics on so many topics. And yet, if a researcher wants to answer their research questions with existing data, it is usually not possible. In this webinar, we introduce the difference between statistics and response-level microdata. This webinar covers some widely used datasets that may be useful for a variety of studies, as well as search sites for finding more datasets. We also discuss the basics of iteratively adjusting research questions and available datasets in order to create a basic secondary project that incorporates your interests while also using the data that is available.

      By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
      Name at least two places to search for a dataset on a topic
      Locate the dataset that underlays a piece of statistical or study data, in order to attempt a search for the underlying data
      Identify variable definitions is a well-formed dataset, in order to determine whether it aligns with a certain research question

      Researching Globally: Search Strategies and Tips
      Presenters: Sergio Chaparro
      March 18, noon-1 p.m.

      This webinar is intended to educate and present the user with a wide view of relevant databases and mostly electronic resources for global research. It is also meant to discuss some of the most common problems retrieval issues that arise when doing global research. It will also present some of the most relevant information resources available in the Spanish-speaking world.

      By the end of this webinar users will be able to:
      Identify the most important databases and resources for accessing global information for research purposes.
      Select and search on some of the most important international agencies for research
      Have an overview of some of the most important databases and resources for Spanish-speaking research
      Understand some of the major issues that arise when searching for global information.

      Organize and Share Your Research Projects with OSF
      Presenter: Nina Exner
      April 15, noon-1 p.m.

      Big research projects can offer several challenges, but we are here to help. Research projects are complex and need good backups and file tracking. In addition, modern collaborations depend on sharing files with different collaborators who might need access to different parts of a research project. Furthermore, public research sharing is growing and science jobs in particular are starting to expect applicants to discuss how they are ensuring reproducibility.

      Enter OSF (Open Science Framework). OSF goes far beyond science and can be used to manage almost any research project in any discipline. OSF has a flexible layout that can be used for everything from a digital lab notebook to a tracking system for data cleaning to a platform to share your posters and presentations. This webinar discusses the basics of OSF features. It discusses some concepts in organizing a research project in advance to make the best use of OSF. This webinar is a good place to learn about building organized and sharable research projects with OSF.

      By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
      Sign up for an OSF account using their VCU eID
      Describe the role of open research in the modern research economy
      Identify the various elements of the OSF interface
      Explain when to use OSF file storage versus when to use OSF Components
      Use their understanding of OSF features to fit various parts of a research project with appropriate OSF features

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