The Van Pelt and Opie Library will be piloting a series of “Library Drop-in Hours” during Fall 2020. Library Drop-in hours are for students, staff, faculty, and community members who want to get the most out of the resources available at the library. Twice a week, a library staff member will host an open Zoom session on a specific topic. Drop in at any time during the hour with your questions or to walk through a short overview of that topic. Sign up not required. See the calendar for a full list of drop-in topics.
When: Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
If you cannot attend via Zoom, would prefer a different format, or are unavailable at the scheduled time, fill out a consultation form to set up an individual appointment.
Immediate reference assistance is also available M-F, 9-5 via our Ask Us & FAQ page.
At this time, the Van Pelt and Opie Library will be hosting consultations rather than scheduled workshops. Please reach out to schedule a consultation for yourself or a group or take a look at the associated library guide for answers to common questions. The topics below cover our typical workshop offerings, but if you have a question not covered by these, please reach out. We look forward to working with you!
General Research Assistance
Get the materials you need for research, papers, and projects in less time by utilizing the databases, journals, and other materials we have to offer. Librarians are here to discuss the scope of your topic, resources that you can use, and advanced search strategies that will help you get the most out of the library and your research.
Citation Software (EndNote & Zotero)
Use EndNote or Zotero software to manage your citations and save time! Both of these tools will let you:
- Save references to a library
- Import references from databases and PDFs
- Organize your citations
- Use tools that plug in to Microsoft Word & Google Docs to make citing sources while writing painless and automatic
Who owns the copyright to my dissertation? When using an image from another work, do I need copyright permission? If I do, how much does it cost? What are the benefits of making my thesis open access? What is the role of the Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech repository in this? Get the answers to these and other copyright questions.
Advanced Google Search
Having trouble deciding when you need to cite a source? Not quite sure whether you should quote that paper you're reading or summarize it? Contact us for a discussion on avoiding plagiarism and how to cite your sources.
Want to impress a job recruiter with your knowledge of their company? How about finding the perfect information to use as questions for your interviewer? Librarians can work with you to find the best resources for company research and discuss how to turn info you find into interview questions that are sure to impress.
Finding & Citing Multimedia
Are you interested in using Google Suite tools such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides but don’t know where to start? Need some tips and tricks on how best to utilize Gmail, Google Drive, or Google Calendar? Walk through the basics of using these Google Suite tools and discover best known tips and tricks for how to manage your email, use shared drives, and organize your calendar.
Lean and Continuous Improvement
Would you like to learn more about how to use lean and continuous improvement within your work or classes? The library has several trained Lean Facilitators that can help answer questions, share ways we have used Lean practices and tools, and get you started on your own Lean journey.
Patent & Trademarks
Making a research poster for a conference or other event? Check out our Poster Design guide or talk through basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We can also look at resources and tools available to help you design your poster.
Software Consultations (Excel, Microsoft Office, etc.)
Learn about the basic functions of Excel and other Office tools such as Powerpoint or Access. Bring your questions and learn tricks for entering data, formatting cells, formulas and charts, and conditional formatting. We have a staff member that has taught academic courses on these topics and is excited to help!