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A Social Work Research Guide

Social work research guide

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Brown School Library Sessions

Feel free to attend the following Brown School Library sessions.  The sessions offer hands-on instruction. 
Feel free to schedule a one-on-one session if the times below are not convenient for you.
A list of Brown School Library sessions with calendar icons is available at:

Canvas Tips for Using Course Reserves
Learn how to find and use the Brown School course reserves located in the Canvas system. 
          Please email the Library Associate for a one-on-one or small group appointment.
Catalog of Library Materials
Learn how to search the catalog, request WUSTL items, set up a reading history, and renew checked out items.  No registration needed.
          By appointment
Don’t Sign Your Rights Away: Author's Rights
Hope to publish an article in the future? Learn how to retain your copyrights so you can freely use your own work for teaching, scholarly, and professional activities.  Otherwise, you may have to pay the publisher in order to use your own work.  Learn about WUSTL's open access repository for articles. No registration needed.
          By appointment
Evidence-Based Resources
Learn about the evidence-based resources.  Covers evidence-based databases, websites, and filters.  These resources should save you some time when doing evidence-based assignments.  No registration needed.
          By appointment
Exploring Your Data with OpenRefine
     October 20, 1:00‒2:00 pm
OpenRefine is a powerful open source tool to deal with messy data by running a small server on your computer and interacting with the program on a web browser. The advantages of OpenRefine are that it can handle a high amount of data and that your data is kept private until you want to share it. This workshop will give a general overview of OpenRefine along with focusing on useful tasks such as faceting, clustering, and using regular expressions to manipulate values. This workshop will be taught by Dorris Scott and Mollie Webb from Data Services.  Please register:
Finding Similar Phrases
Learn how to find similar phrases in order to expand your database search.  Covers the research guide tab, database thesauri, database words, and a thesaurus.  No registration needed.
          By appointment
GIS Week in November  (Geographic Information Systems)
Introduction to R - Visualization of COVID-19 Data Using R

     November 2, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This virtual workshop provides an introduction to using R packages for visualization of COVID-19 data. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the structure of publicly available COVID-19 data and explore methods to visualize the data with an aim to understand the disease epidemiology.  Please register:
Leaflet Workshop
     November 15, 10:00am‒12:00pm
Leaflet is the leading open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. GIS programmer, Mollie Webb, will lead attendees through making a basic map using Leaflet.  Please register:

Open Source Options With ArcGIS
     November 16, 10:00am‒12:00pm
ArcGIS is an industry standard, proprietary software suite from ESRI for which WashU has a site license. Users may not be aware that they can use open source tools in combination with ArcGIS products. Dr. Dorris Scott, social science data curator and GIS librarian, will introduce using open source with ArcGIS. Please register:

QGIS Workshop
     November 17, 10:00am‒12:00pm
QGIS is the leading open source software for geospatial analysis and visualization. Jennifer Moore, head of data services, will lead participants through creating a map with QGIS.  Please register:

Geodesy Workshop 
     November 18, 10:00am‒12:00pm
Geodesy is the science of accurately measuring and understanding three fundamental properties of the Earth. Bill Winston, GIS analyst, will lead participants through a presentation and workshop around geodesy.  Please register:

Open Source Geospatial Panel
     November 19, 10:00am‒12:00pm
This panel discussion will include WashU faculty and local institutions using open source tools to analyze and visualize spatial questions or problems.  Panelists include:     Dr. Seth Graebner, Associate Professor of French and of Global Studies; Aishah Al-Mohamedi, Undergraduate Student in Arts and Sciences;  Tom Vought, Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist, University of Missouri and Data Manager at Missouri Spatial Data Information Service; Brendan Collins, Founder of Makepath.  Please register:          
Green Get-It Button: Tips and Tricks
How to use the green get-it button to access the full text and what to do when the full text doesn't display.  No registration needed.
          By appointment
Interlibrary Loan (Mobius and Illiad)
WUSTL cannot buy every book and journal that is available.  Learn how to use the interlibrary loan system to request items that WUSTL does not own.  No registration needed.
          By appointment
Introduction to R
 Geared toward researchers with no prior experience with programming languages and R. The workshop is interactive and includes demonstrations to help attendees learn how to run basic R code using RStudio.  Please register    
          October 12,  10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Introduction to R - Data Visualization in R using ggplot2 
     October 19, 10:00  - 11:00 a.m.
This virtual workshop introduces R packages, and discusses how to install, load, and manage R packages. Attendees will learn to create basic data visualizations using the ggplot2 package.  Please register:

Library Resources After Graduation
Learn about the library resources that are available to you after you graduate.  No registration needed.
          By appointment.
Medline via PubMed: A Fantastic, Free Health Database
Learn how to effectively search PubMed for public health, psychological, and therapeutic information. Covers MeSH searching, applying limits, using the search history, changing the results display, accessing full text, using the evidence-based clinical queries, and more.  No registration needed.
          By appointment.
Open Access Month (October)
NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Workshop
     Oct. 13, 12 – 1:30 p.m. on Zoom
Learn what to include in an NIH DMS plan, resources at Washington University to help write and implement a DMS plan, and key information about the NIH DMS policy.  Please register:
Tightwad’s Guide to Open Access
     October 22, 1:00‒2:00 pm on Zoom
Dorothea Salo (Faculty Associate, UW-Madison iSchool) will deliver a keynote talk as part of Washington University’s Open October—a month-long series highlighting trends in open science, open data, and open access.  Please register:
The Evolution of Preprints in the Life Sciences
     Oct. 29, 3 – 4 p.m. on Zoom
Discuss the evolving landscape of preprint servers; their interactions with journals, funders, and scholarly infrastructure; and how innovations in preprint-focused peer review and curation might influence the future of publishing.  Please register

Responsible Conduct of Research Training: Data Management (Olin Library online session)
Grant awardees are often required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. This training will present RCR throughout the research data lifecycle via the lens of data management and sharing principles and practices. Dorris Scott, PhD, social science data curator and geographic information services (GIS) librarian, will provide recommendations for useful resources and tools.
          October 14, 10:00 a.m. ‒ 12:00 p.m.  Please register:

Search Strategies for Database Searching  
Learn about the basic search strategies and use them in a database search in order to find relevant articles. Covers Boolean Operators, truncation, phrase searching, field qualification, proximity operators, using the search history, and applying limits. No registration needed.  
          By appointment
Social Explorer Census & Social Statistics    
Learn how to use Social Explorer for census and social statistics.  Generate maps.  Overview of the 2010 census and the American Community Survey.  Produce statistical reports through the Premade, Keyword, and table features (age, race, households, education, income, etc.).  No registration needed.
          By appointment
Social Welfare/Policy Library Resources    
Learn about library resources that may help you with your social welfare/policy assignments. Covers, ProQuest Congressional, CQ Researcher, PAIS, and more.  No registration needed.
          October 1,  12:15 - 1:00 p.m., room G359
Tour the Brown School Library    
Take a walking tour of the Brown School Library and learn where the resources are located.  No registration needed.         
          By appointment
Working with ArcGIS Online – A Platform for Online Mapping and Storytelling (Olin Library online session)
Learn to use ArcGIS Online to create maps and stories in this browser-based platform.
          October 8, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CDT.  Please register:
Zotero – Find It, Save It, Cite It (Olin Library online session)
Learn how to use Zotero to gather references, organize references, and generate formatted citations.
          October 4, 12:00 -1:00 pm CDT.  Please register:
Zotero Citation Manager
Learn how to use Zotero to organize citations and create APA bibliographies.  No registration needed.
          By appointment
Here is the above list in chronological order:
October 1, 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., Social Welfare/Policy Library Resources, Room G359
October 4, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Zotero – Find It, Save It, Cite It, Online session
October 8, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Working with ArcGIS Online – A Platform for Online Mapping and Storytelling, Online session
October 12, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Introduction to R, Online session
October 13, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Workshop, Online session
October 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Responsible Conduct of Research Training: Data Management (Online session)
October 19, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Introduction to R - Data Visualization in R using ggplot2, Online session
October 20, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Exploring Your Data with OpenRefine, Online session
October 22, 1:00‒2:00 p.m., Tightwad’s Guide to Open Access, Online session
October 29, 3 – 4 p.m., Evolution of Preprints in the Life Sciences, Online session
November 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Introduction to R - Visualization of COVID-19 Data Using R, Online session
November 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Leaflet Workshop, Online session
November 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Open Source Options With ArcGIS, Online session
November 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., QGIS Workshop, Online session
November 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Geodesy Workshop, Online session
November 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Open Source Geospatial Panel, Online session

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