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Owen Library Workshops

These 1-hour workshops are free & everyone is welcome!

All workshops held in Owen 209

RSVP at least one week in advance. Contact Mandy Waters at or stop by the Library Circulation Desk.


Tips for Navigating the Academic Library

Don’t get lost in the Library! Learn how to find and access various resources & services available at Owen Library or through Pitt’s University Library System that can help you achieve academic excellence.

Thursday      September 11 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday       September 16 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday  September 24 5:00 p.m.


Be the Google Ninja

Find out how to use advanced search techniques to unlock the real power of Google, and take a look at some of the other parts - Google Scholar, Google Translate, Google Books and more.

Wednesday  September 17 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday       September 23 3:30 p.m.
Thursday      October 2        3:30 p.m.


Psychology Resources: Not Just for Head Shrinkers

Psychology resources are good for more than psychology. You can use them in nursing, education, criminology, or other social sciences as well. Discover how to find and use some of these resources.

Thursday      September 18 4:00 p.m.
Monday        September 22 5:00 p.m.


Databases 101

Need to find articles for a paper? Never used or can't remember how to use periodical databases? This workshop will showcase some of the library's multidisciplinary databases and provide searching strategies to help you better use them.

Thursday      September 25 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday       September 30 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday  October 8        5:00 p.m.


All About E-Books

Curious about electronic books? Want to read a book but don’t have room on your book shelf for one more? Consider using some of our electronic books. E-books are never overdue and never go missing.

Wednesday  October 1        5:00 p.m.
Monday        October 6        5:00 p.m.


Brainstorming for Research with Mind Maps

What's the hardest part of research? Getting started. Getting organized. Mind mapping is a way of brainstorming ideas and visualizing connections. In this session we will look at some tools to spark your creativity and ease your research process.

Tuesday       October 7        3:30 p.m.
Wednesday  October 15      5:00 p.m.


Open Access Health Resources

Come learn about the many freely available health science resources from the NIH—from MedlinePlus to PubMed to genetics databases

Tuesday       October 14      4:00 p.m.
Wednesday  October 22      4:00 p.m.


Look at Literature Online

Explore the various resources for online literary texts, criticism, reference works, theatrical videos and audio presentations.

Thursday      October 16      4:00 p.m.
Thursday      October 30      3:30 p.m.


Saving Citations and Building Bibliographies with EndNote Web

Learn to manage your research, citations and references with EndNote Web. Learn how it can automatically extract citation information from library databases and generate a references page!

Thursday      October 23      3:30 p.m.
Wednesday  October 29      4:00 p.m.