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SESP Research Resources Forum 2015

Session Descriptions

Brief Introduction to Education and Social Policy, and Organization Studies
Li (Qunying) Li, Liaison for Education & Social Policy

This session will provide an overview of the library services and resources. It will also introduce students to electronic resources central to the study of education and social policy, and organization studies.   Among the resources to be discussed will be Eric; Education Administration Abstracts; PAIS; ABI/INFORM Global; and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. The learning objectives are: to identify appropriate databases relevant to the student’s research topic, to develop a search strategy, to locate appropriate research articles for the topic. 

Copyright: Your Research and Publishing


John Dorr, Liaison for Romance Languages & Literatures


What do you need to know about managing your own copyrights and navigating use of copyrighted material in your research? Throughout your career at Northwestern, you will be creating material to which you own the copyright: presentations, papers, digital media, reviews, articles, and your dissertation. You may also want to use others' copyrighted material in your work. This session will help you understand the basics of  copyright, what and how it protects, when to ask for permission, and how to prepare to publish your book or article. The basics of a publishing agreement and a brief introduction to open access and other emerging publishing and impact models will be included.

Data Literacy I: Finding and Working with Research Data
Kelsey Rydland, GIS/Data Analyst
Geoffrey Swindells, Liaison for Political Science
Anne Zald, Acting Social Sciences Data Services Librarian

The Library's Social Science Data Services (SSDS) offers a variety of consultative services to help Northwestern researchers acquire and use data. We provide access to a number of resources, including the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, ProQuest Statistical Insight, and DataPlanet Statistical Datasets to help you get started. Participants will learn about tools and services to help identify, access and analyze sources of qualitative and quantitative data.

Data Literacy II: Data Management Planning
Cunera Buys, Liaison for Earth & Planetary Sciences, Math and Statistics

Will you be creating new datasets as a part of your graduate school research agenda? Either on your own or as part of a research team? Through surveys, interviews, fieldwork or in a laboratory? Several federal funding agencies and journal publishers require that a data management plan be created at the outset of a research project. Session participants will explore tools and best practices for organizing, managing and describing your data to ensure its long term use and preservation as well as to ensure compliance with agency or publisher requirements. 

Organizing Scholarly Resources with EndNote® and Zotero
Steve Adams, Liaison for Environmental Studies, Life Sciences, Psychology
Jason Kruse, Liaison for Sociology

In an increasingly complex and fractured information landscape keeping track of your research can be an overwhelming task. Fortunately, tools are available to help. In this session we will introduce you to the bibliographic tools EndNote® and Zotero that can help you organize your research materials and save you countless hours in the course of your reading and writing. EndNote® can help you gather information from remote databases, organize and sort records and notes, and automatically format citations and bibliographies in a finished paper. Zotero is a freely available citation management software that works through a web browser. Zotero is easy to use and allows you to collect, manage, and cite your research sources. Both Zotero and EndNote® can be invaluable resources to anyone pursuing research at the graduate level.

Resources for Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
Steve Adams, Liaison for Environmental Studies, Life Sciences, Psychology

This session will introduce students to key library resources related to psychological and behavioral research. Resources to be highlighted include APA-sponsored databases (PsycINFO, PsycEXTRA, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycCRITIQUES), the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Annual Review of Psychology, and others. Some pointers on effective Internet searching for scholarly material will also be covered.