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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 Maps on the Web
-Friday, September 9, 1–3 p.m.
You don't always need a complex GIS application in order to explore spatial relationships in a project, and sometimes you just want a custom map, quickly, to illustrate a presentation or visualize locations in a dataset. Fortunately, creating maps is easier than ever with web-based mapping platforms such as CARTO, Google Earth, and ArcGIS Online. In this workshop we'll look at uses of web-based mapping and spend hands-on time with tools to create maps online. Participants are encouraged to bring data they might be interested in mapping; no prior experience with mapping is expected.
Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau
-Friday, September 16, 1–3 p.m
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.
Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
-Friday, September 23, 1–3 p.m.
OpenRefine is a powerful tool for working with messy tabular data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; extending it with web services; and linking it to databases. The workshop will introduce importing, exploring, sorting, faceting, analyzing and fixing your data.
Documenting Reproducible Research with Jupyter Notebooks
-Friday, September 30, 2016 1–3 p.m
This workshop will introduce Jupyter Notebooks, a platform for interactive computational research and data science. Jupyter Notebooks interweave code, data, and prose into an executable "notebook" that can be published or shared. Jupyter Notebooks are also a powerful tool for teaching programming, data science, and computational literacy. This workshop introduce participants to the Jupyter project (, how to author Notebooks, and how to publish and share them on Github.
Uses and Misuses of Quantitative Indicators of Impact
-Friday, October 7, 2016 1–3 p.m
Bibliometric indicators are now routinely used to measure the impact of published research. However, used out of context and not augmented by peer review, they can lead to erroneous conclusions. Earlier this year, the Indiana University Faculty Council adopted a policy on the responsible use of metrics while the Association of University Professors supported Rutgers faculty in their fight against the use of metrics which they could not verify to assess their performance. This workshop will provide a forum for discussion of the ethics and best practices of bibliometric evaluation. It will address issues raised by critics of metrics-based assessment and discuss best practice recommendations. This workshop is designed for researchers and research administrators currently using or thinking of adopting metrics for evaluation.
Authoring Multimedia Narratives
-Friday, October 21, 2016 1–3 p.m
Digital tools have introduced new modes for telling research stories, enabling scholars to work outside of the more traditional structure of the essay, connecting text with timelines, maps, videos, and other visual material. This workshop provides participants a space for exploring digital writing tools for creating collaborative, non-linear, and multimodal scholarship. We will overview multiple tools and investigate their capabilities before delving into Scalar, a free authoring and publishing platform that allows users to bring together their writing and imported media. We will look at examples of Scalar projects and experiment with its functionalities through hands-on play.​
Building a Digital Portfolio with WordPress
-Friday, October 28, 2016 1–3 p.m
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.
Introduction to Spatial Analysis
-Friday, November 4, 2016 1–3 p.m
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.
What is your h-index and other measures of academic impact
-Friday, November 11, 2016 1–3 p.m
This practical workshop is designed to familiarize participants with quantitative indicators of research impact. Citation counts presented in context can provide a wealth of information about the academic impact of research publications which can be used in job applications, promotion documents or grant applications. We will discuss indicators of impact such as the h-index, the impact factor and normalized citation counts for use by individual researchers who want to use quantitative measures to demonstrate impact of their publications. This workshop is designed for early and mid-career researchers interested in understanding how they can use bibliometric indicators to measure the impact of their published outputs.
Managing a Digital Project
-Friday, November 18, 2016 1–3 p.m
This workshop will introduce project management approaches and tools, with the aim of supporting participants who are planning and implementing a digital project. We will discuss crafting a project charter and timeline, effective applications of tools such as Trello, Asana, and Google Apps, and strategies for managing collaborative projects. In addition, this workshop will serve as a forum for attendees to share project management tips based on their own experiences and to troubleshoot project management-related challenges together. Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for a project they would like to begin or one that is in progress to use for hands-on exercises.

The Craft of Undergraduate Research Workshop Series

This workshop series is presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), the University Library System (ULS), and faculty members in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Self-Directed Research: How to Get Started
This workshop is for students interested in discovering self-directed research opportunities within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Participants will learn about available opportunities, especially OUR programs like academic year research awards, field studies programs, and the Archival Scholars Research Awards. This workshop is designed for students who may have had some prior faculty-directed research experience but need assistance developing a self-directed (or independent or advanced) research inquiry. While content will focus on OUR programs, the guidance can be applied to other University opportunities.
Archival Scholars Research Awards Open House
The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the University Library System (ULS) is seeking applicants to join a diverse community of undergraduate scholars and researchers from the humanities as Archival Scholars Award recipients. Awardees will receive a stipend of $1,000 in recognition of the quality of their proposed project, receive archival training from professional librarians, and develop independent research projects that draw upon resources found in the University Library System’s archives.
Undergraduates interested in developing a research project that draws on one of these collections should attend any one of the information sessions listed below. During the information sessions, undergraduates can discuss ideas with Dietrich School faculty, representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Research, and librarians. All sessions take place in the Digital Scholarship Commons space located in G-49 Hillman Library.
Field Studies Program Workshop
This workshop assists students considering application to the Office of Undergraduate Research's NYC Field Studies or London Field Studies programs. Former field studies participants will discuss their experiences and application process. Attendees will also have the opportunity to review examples of successful field studies proposals, and past participants will share their field studies schedules to clarify how one’s time is spent during a field studies program in New York City or London. This workshop provides valuable direction to students seeking guidance where to begin as well as for those who have specific field studies projects in mind.
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 for award and funding opportunities. Participants will learn techniques to strengthen proposals and discuss best practices with faculty experts. Students considering applying for the Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research Awards, Spring Archival Scholars Research Awards, New York City Field Studies, London Field Studies, or other opportunities for independent research are encouraged to register.

ULS/Office of Research
Finding Funding: Resources and Opportunities for New Researchers

Join us for an introductory session to Pivot led by Ryan Champagne from the Office of Research and Robin Kear from the University Library System. The hands-on session will provide an overview of this resource and how it may be used to find funding and collaboration opportunities to support your research. Additional resources related to funding competitions coordinated within the University, as well as funding programs for early career faculty, will also be presented.

Please bring a laptop or another device with Web access.

ULS/ Clinical and Translational Science Institute Workshops
Reproducibility in Social Sciences Research

Current thinking and methodological advances in social and behavioral data collection will be discussed with the goal of optimizing scientific reproducibility through greater transparency. Recent investigations of scientific misconduct in the social sciences have raised questions about how social science research and qualitative research data in general are collected and shared. Replicating social science analyses and determining if results are reproducible can be difficult given the lack of information that is sometimes made available by investigators. Improving reproducibility has the potential to advance research and at the same time may have the side effect of reducing misconduct.

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
Copyright and ETDs for Graduate Students

Knowledge of copyright is essential for scholarly work, beginning with your thesis or dissertation. To re-use figures and images in theses and dissertations, permissions must be obtained; however, these skills will give you a jump start for preparing future work that builds on the work of others. In this workshop, we will learn the basics of copyright in academia: your rights as an author, what your rights are as a user, and what you need to know for your ETD and beyond.

ETD Formatting Workshop

Learn how to format your thesis or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. We’ll also cover converting the finished Word document to PDF and submitting it for review.

Library Orientation for International Students
Would you like to know:

  • A librarian who speaks your native language?
  • The difference between the academic libraries in the U.S. and libraries in your home country?
  • The many wonderful services that the library offers to help your area of study and research at Pitt?

Thank you everyone who attended our Library Orientation Sessions.

Chinese Orientation Dates
  • Scheduled Orientations have ended for the semester.
Japanese Orientation Date
  • Scheduled Orientations have ended for the semester.
Korean Orientation Date
  • Scheduled Orientations have ended for the semester.

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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