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Undergraduate Research Mini-Courses

Interested in participating in the Undergraduate Research Mini-Courses? This guide provides details about each of the courses and how to enroll.

About these courses

W&M Libraries and the Writing Resources Center staff are offering sessions designed to provide research skills training for summer research students. You need to attend at least two courses. You can either attend a live session or watch a recording of the session. After each session, please complete the evaluation form.  You will have fulfilled the requirement when you have submitted two evaluation forms.

Each session will run approximately 45-60 minutes. Attendees of live sessions will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the talk. If you have questions after watching a recording, please email and we'll help you out!

Summer 2021 Course Schedule

Information Consumer’s Toolkit: Considering Your Information More Holistically
Wednesday, June 9, 1:00pm

Ready to become a more holistic and self-aware information consumer? In this session, you'll get a chance to talk with two librarians about their information consumption habits, aspirations, how they think about the world of information and research, and every individual's role in it. Plus, we promise we'll try to make you laugh.

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Writing a Literature Review in the Sciences with Prof. Bev Sher (Chemistry)
Wednesday, June 16, 2:00pm

A literature review in the sciences presents a critical synthesis of the research on a particular topic. In this webinar, you will learn how to develop your literature review into a focused discussion and interpretation of your source material. We'll consider several organizational strategies, and discuss common conventions of scientific writing.

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In addition, here is a link to a PDF of the slides. It contains useful links, so students may like to have access to it.


How Scholars and Researchers Measure Their Impact
Thursday, June 17, 11:00am

When applying for grad school or a job, or for promotion or tenure, researchers and scholars must communicate how their work makes an impact on the field. We will discuss common metrics used to identify top journals and article impact, and the controversies related to these measurements.

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Research with Primary Sources
Thursday, June 24, 1:00pm

Many libraries, museums, and other institutions have physical and digitized primary sources in their collections. This workshop will discuss how to locate such repositories and use their collections purposefully and critically. Particular attention will be paid to primary sources available through W&M Libraries' Special Collections Research Center.

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Oral Histories: What Are They and How Do I Do One? with Andre Taylor (SCRC Oral Historian)
Friday, June 25, 11:00am

In this workshop, the University Libraries Oral Historian, Andre Taylor, you will cover the essential steps of conducting an oral history, including how to develop an oral history project, the legal issues you must consider in this work, learning about your subject prior to the interview, methods for recording, and what to do with your oral histories after the project. 

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HANDOUT: Conducting an Oral History


Constructing the Thesis and Argument
Tuesday, June 29, 2:00pm

Have you ever wondered why the five-paragraph essay was taught in high school if that's not what you're supposed to do in college? In this Writing Resources Center webinar, you will build on your early training in essay writing by learning strategies for developing an organically-structured paper that contains an ambitious and debatable thesis, a compelling argument, and valid evidence for all key points. Expect an interactive session designed to energize your writing.

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What is Open Data and How Can I Use It?
***Cancelled - new date forthcoming***

Using open data offers a wide range of datasets including health, economic, political and social topics from governments, researchers, and other institutions. In this workshop you’ll learn what open data is, who produces it, how to locate open datasets, and evaluate date with consideration for ethics and limitations.  


Structuring an Essay for Clear Ideas
Tuesday, July 20, 2:00pm

Do you ever struggle with the best way to organize an essay? Or worry that the final paper just won't make sense? In this Writing Resources Center webinar, you will learn how to structure an essay in a way that attends to the reader's logic. After taking a close look at typical essay structures, you'll learn how to create an "essay map," and you'll explore strategies for guiding your reader through your work. Expect an interactive session designed to help you write with your reader in mind.

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Writing Stronger Paragraphs
Thursday, July 22, 2:00pm

Have you been wishing for a refresher course on writing fundamentals? Look no further! In this Writing Resources Center webinar, you will take close look at that most essential unit of academic thought: the paragraph. Together, we will consider how the paragraph functions as a form of punctuation, compare well-developed and poorly-developed examples, and discover several types of paragraphs that can add clarity and focus to your work. Join us for an interactive session designed to improve your focus and better engage your audience.

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Revising Essays: Editing and Proofreading
Monday, July 26, 2:00pm

You've drafted your essay, and it's time to hand it in, right? Not so fast! Revising is an essential part of the writing process. In this Writing Resources Center webinar, you'll learn strategies to focus your revision on elements that will make the biggest difference in the quality of your paper. You'll also learn how to identify and correct common sentence-level errors. Join us for an interactive session that will provide tools to help you see your own work with fresh eyes.

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Clear and Memorable Presentations
Wednesday, July 28, 2:00pm

Planning to present your research results? Join the Writing Resources Center for an interactive webinar to help you learn how to create a presentation that audiences will enjoy and remember. You'll discover the key features of a good presentation -- and you'll learn what pitfalls to avoid. We'll also consider strategies to manage performance anxiety.

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