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Library Workshops for Honors Students: Home

Workshop Sessions

This workshop series consists of a Brightspace component and a live component on Microsoft Teams. You have a choice between Thursday evening and Friday morning. There are nine modules.

  • Getting started with finding literature
  • Evaluating information
  • Avoiding plagiarism and complying with copyright
  • Including citations in the text of your documents and writing to differentiate your ideas from your references
  • Synthesis not summary: Using literature in an honors thesis
  • Writing an abstract

Please sign-up for the live session that you will be attending. There a hyperlinks to each sign-up form on this webpage.

Getting started with finding literature

This workshop will provide an overview of how to conduct a literature review. Emphasis will be placed on developing search strategies, identifying appropriate databases, and finding articles and books, including finding the full-text. We will also focus on practical tactics to save you time and effort as you begin your literature review.

The materials that you need for the session are on Brightspace. Prior to the live session, please take the pre-session survey, read the content in the module, fill out the research development worksheet, and take the post-session quiz. The live session will contain a demonstration and have time to answer your questions. Choose one of the following:

Prof. Marilia Antunez is the Life & Allied Health Librarian. She has expertise in topic development and searching for information particularly in the Life Sciences.

Evaluating information

It is well known that anyone can post anything on the Internet. In addition, it is good to evaluate all information critically including books, journal articles, and reports. As an added bonus, critically evaluating what you read will help you produce a better literature review. After this session, you will have a strategy to evaluate information and you will recognize why peer review is used by so many journals.

The Brightspace and live portion are to be announced (TBA). Choose one of the following:

Prof. Marilia Antunez is the Life & Allied Health Librarian. She has expertise in evaluating for information particularly in the Life Sciences.

Avoiding plagiarism and complying with copyright

There are serious consequences to plagiarism and copyright including but not limited to failing a class or being sued by a copyright holder. Don't let this happen to you. After this session, you will recognize plagiarism and infringement on copyright and you will know the difference between the two.

The Brightspace and live portion are to be announced (TBA). Choose one of the following:

Prof. Tammy Stitz applied sciences librarian at UA. She has delivered presentations to students about plagiarism to graduate students.

Dr. Jacqueline Lipton is a lawyer and a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh and owner of the company, Authography LL.C. She assists authors and artists understand their legal rights including copyright law.

Including citations in the text of your documents and writing to differentiate your ideas from your references

Have you ever read something and you weren't sure if the author was making a point or if they were stating the idea of someone else? Do not make this mistake yourself. Learn techniques to make clear where ideas in your paper originated.

The Brightspace and live portion are to be announced (TBA). Choose one of the following:

Prof. Tammy Stitz is the Applied Sciences Librarian. She has written theses, papers, and articles that require using citations. She has used many different styles to achieve this goal.

Synthesis not summary: Using literature in an honors thesis

When you are writing your thesis or dissertation, you want to analyze other literature related to your topic. Learn the difference between summary and synthesis, as well as techniques to make the process easier.

The Brightspace and live portion are to be announced (TBA). Choose one of the following:

Prof. Tammy Stitz is the Applied Sciences Librarian. She has written literature reviews for articles and her thesis. The content was developed by Prof. Michelle Byrne who has expertise in teaching technical writing formerly at the University of Akron.

Writing an abstract

An abstract is a short document that that gives the reader the information they need to decide if they want to continue reading. Learn about the 5 questions all abstracts should answer and common mistakes that authors make.

The Brightspace and live portion are to be announced (TBA). Choose one of the following:

Prof. Tammy Stitz is the Applied Sciences Librarian at UA. She gained experience writing abstracts in consultation with professors in the department of electrical engineering.

Tammy Stitz

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Tammy Stitz
Contact:
S&T Library, Rm. 135
330-972-6192
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Marilia Antunez

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Marilia AntĂșnez
Contact:
University Libraries
Science &Technology Library
Auburn Science and Engineering Center (ASEC) 104
Akron, OH 44325
330-972-6262
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