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ULS/iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshop Lecture & Series
The Craft of Undergraduate Research Proposals
ULS/ Clinical and Translational Science Institute Workshops
Citation Management Tools
ETD Workshops
Hillman Library Tours
By Appointment
Students: Create-A-Class

ULS/iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshop Lecture & Series
Staff from the ULS have partnered with faculty and doctoral students from the School of Information Science to present a recurring workshop series exploring the topics and tools of digital scholarship. These hands-on sessions give you the opportunity to explore digital or data-intensive methods for analysis and communication.

Creating Online Digital Collections with Omeka
-Friday, January 29, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
This workshop will introduce participants to, a free, web-based tool that can be used to organize, describe, tell stories with, and share digital collections. Through hands-on exercises, we will navigate and explore the capabilities of We encourage you to bring your own digital materials to play with during the session and to learn how you might curate them with Omeka!

Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau
-Friday, February 5, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

Advanced Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
-Friday, February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
OpenRefine (formerly GoogleRefine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; extending it with web services; and linking it to databases. The session builds on material covered in the Introduction to OpenRefine workshop last year. We will review some of the basic capabilities, then explore advanced data operations, installing extensions, using GREL (General Refine Expression Language) for data manipulation, data reconciliation, and named entity recognition. Some experience with OpenRefine or GoogleRefine is expected.

Introduction to Spatial Analysis
-Friday, February 26, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
This workshop on spatial analysis will cover several exploratory spatial analyses and will provide a resource guide for more advanced types of analysis. In recent years, new tools called Geographic Information Systems or GIS have improved our capacity to perform many types of spatial analysis. In this workshop, you will practice what you learn in the first half of the session by executing some exploratory spatial analysis using GIS software. Datasets will be provided, however, feel free to bring your own personal data.

Getting Started with Network Visualization with Gephi
-Friday, March 4, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Gephi is an open-sourced, network analysis and visualization tool that can be used for projects in both academia and business. This interactive workshop will introduce Gephi to researchers and students, especially those who are from non-CS domains. Tasks include formatting the data for Gephi, importing data, determining visualization layouts, adjusting the graph, and exporting the final layouts.

New Models for Scholarly Communication
-Tuesday, March 15, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
This talk will present alternative paths for expanding the scope and reach of digital scholarship and robust models of scholarly communication necessary for full reporting. Academic research libraries will play a key and expanded role in enabling digital scholarship and creating the supporting activities that sustain it. The overall goals are to increase research productivity and impact, and to give scholars a new type of intellectual freedom of expression.

Managing Qualitative Data from Online Communities
-Friday, March 18, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
This workshop will guide participants through thinking about online communities and some of the sources of data for performing qualitative research, primarily digital ethnography. We will discuss sample communities and the data that can be gathered by a researcher about them. Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm about an online community familiar to them and data from multiple platforms or online locations used by community members.

Wikipedia and how YOU can Contribute
-Friday, March 25, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
As the 7th most visited website in the world, Wikipedia has typically become the first place students turn to for information on a topic of research. But who is creating all that content? While there are almost 27 million user accounts, only about 127,000 editors contribute on a regular basis to Wikipedia. This hands-on workshop will be led by the ULS Wikipedia Visiting Scholars who will be sharing tips and tricks on how you can be a successful Wikipedia editor. You are encouraged to bring ideas, topics and suggested articles to the workshop to get started.

Telling Online Stories with Omeka (Advanced)
-Friday, April 1, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
This session will build on the “Creating Digital Collections with Omeka” workshop and will experiment with creating digital online exhibits with Omeka collections. We’ll look at examples of Omeka exhibits, explore relevant Omeka plugins for exhibit creation, brainstorm goals and intended audiences for your digital stories, and begin to build! We encourage you to bring your in-progress Omeka collections to this activity-focused session.

Building a Digital Portfolio with Wordpress
-Friday, April 8, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Digital portfolios are a great way to demonstrate your work and expertise, to proactively shape your online presence, and to reflect on aspects of your professional self that you’d like to further develop. In this workshop, using the freely-available Wordpress platform, we’ll explore what makes a successful portfolio as well as some of the choices you’ll face when creating an online representation of yourself. You’ll leave with a personal site that you can continue to develop after the workshop.

The Craft of Undergraduate Research Proposals
This workshop—a partnership of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (OUR), the University Library System, and faculty members from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences—is designed to teach undergraduates how to craft effective independent research proposals. Participants will learn techniques to strengthen proposals and discuss best practices with faculty experts. Students considering applying for OUR Spring Undergraduate Research Awards, field studies programs, or other spring and summer opportunities for independent research are encouraged to register.

ULS/ Clinical and Translational Science Institute Workshops
Researchers seeking to prevent misconduct in their research teams and communities should be prepared to recognize the threats to research integrity that may arise. In this workshop, we will discuss myths about misconduct that may hamper early identification of questionable research practices or misconduct.
Myths about Misconduct: A Presentation by Karen Schmidt of CTSI
Thursday, March 17 Noon.

Citation Management Tools
Endnote and Mendeley classes are one and a half hours long, and are free of charge for all Pitt affiliates. Each training session will cover creating an account, searching resources and exporting citations, organizing citations, attaching files to citations, creating and formatting bibliographies, and inserting citations automatically into documents.

ETD Workshops
We can teach you how to use Pitt's MS Word template and Adobe Acrobat Pro to properly format your paper.

Hillman Library Tours

All tours are currently by appointment only. To schedule a tour appointment, please contact Leslie Eibl

By Appointment

If you would like individualized help, please contact Marian Hampton at to arrange an appointment at your convenience. Your research needs will shape the session.

Custom Classes

Instructors: Course Integrated Instruction

Schedule a library instruction class tailored to your course. Liasions will work with you to design a session that meets the objective of the class, or craft research assignments that reach the learning outcomes intended for your students.

Students: Create-A-Class

You can schedule an instruction session for your discussion section, study group, dorm floor, or society meeting. Get the research help you need to succeed!


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