Research Computing Training

New at the Libraries:  Research Computing Support

Do you need help with analyzing, managing, storing, and archiving your data? Do you need to make your data accessible to others? Research Computing Support Services and the Libraries are working together this semester to provide information and training to support researchers.

Research Computing Training on Wednesdays in Ellis 4F51A (11/8 in Ellis 4D11)

New User Training – 10 am – 11 am – Susie Meloro, Business Technology Analyst, will help you access cyberinfrastructure assets and services, including high-speed research networks and high-performance computing clusters. She’ll also help you learn the basics of getting an account and running simple jobs on the Lewis Cluster.

Research Computing Open Consultation Hour – 11 am – noon – Jacob Gotberg, Cyberinfrastructure Engineer, will consult with you on how to best utilize the campus-supported computational, networking, and storage resources for your project and help with troubleshooting and optimizing your computational and data workflows.

Check the calendar for the latest training locations, times, and cancellations.

Do need a plan to share your data? Talk to your subject librarian about ways to make your data usefully accessible for the long term.

The Libraries also maintain helpful guides about data management plans, including submitting data to MOspace, and how to maximize your researcher identity and impact.

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LibWIS Wednesdays: Library Workshops for International Students

What is LibWIS?

LibWIS means Library Workshops for International Students. These no-registration sessions are open to anyone, but international students are particularly encouraged to attend. Here are the dates for the remaining workshops this semester. Come to one or all of the workshops! You may bring your own laptop or use the desktops located in the classroom, Ellis Library, Room 4D11.

Introduction to Research
Wednesday, September 27
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

Learn how to find books in our library and how to request books from other libraries. Learn how to do basic research to find peer-reviewed journal articles.

Advanced Research
Wednesday, October 11
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

Discover which library resources are best for YOUR specific research. Learn time-saving tips for effective searching to find the research articles, reports, and other materials you need.

Plagiarism: What Is It & How to Avoid It
Wednesday, October 25
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

Your class syllabus has a statement about “academic dishonesty” and “academic integrity.” What does this mean at MU? Plagiarism is an important—but sometimes confusing—issue for domestic and international students alike. Many people unknowingly commit plagiarism when writing their papers. Join us to learn how to identify and avoid plagiarism in your academic writing. We will look at common errors in citing resources, paraphrasing, and summarizing research as well as how to correct those errors and prevent plagiarism in your academic work.

Zotero  (New in the LibWIS series this semester!)
Wednesday, November 8
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

Zotero is a free, open source computer program that provides space to store your citations and then formats them in hundreds of different citation styles as you write your paper, article, or dissertation. Join us as we discuss how to use Zotero in your writing.
We encourage you to bring your own laptop to this session and have Zotero downloaded on your laptop before coming. (Get assistance downloading Zotero at the Ellis Library Reference Desk.)

Topic to Be Announced
Wednesday, November 29
3:15-4:15 pm, Ellis Library Room 4D11

 

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Cycle of Success: Librarian Finds Century-Old Line Drawing in Digital Library

Cycle of Success is the idea that libraries, faculty, and students are linked; for one to truly succeed, we must all succeed. The path to success is formed by the connections between University of Missouri Libraries and faculty members, between faculty members and students, and between students and the libraries that serve them. More than just success, this is also a connection of mutual respect, support, and commitment to forward-thinking research.

Linda Hillemann, Clinical Instructor/Online Education and Field Support Specialist in the School of Social Work, works off campus and supports online students in southern Missouri. She was updating a lecture on the history of social work on Canvas when she realized she didn’t have a credit for a diagram by Mary Richmond, one of the founders of social work. Linda describes her research process: “I have digital copies of some of her documents and was pretty sure which one it came from, but I was wrong! Not only was it not from her book Social Diagnosis, it wasn’t in any of the other documents I have. So I started Googling. There are only so many websites devoted to social work history so I was pretty confident I could find it back, but it was much harder than I expected.”

After searching all the sites she knew with all the search terms she could think of to no avail, she contacted her subject librarian, Kimberly Moeller, for help. Kimberly was able to reverse engineer a search, and Linda says, “A mere two hours later I had the reference and a link to the document.”

Linda Hillemann

Kimberly found the original pencil drawing in conference proceedings over a century old. She explains, “The diagram was first presented and published at the National Conference of Charities and Corrections in 1901, which didn’t originally come up in the search I ran. However, Richmond’s colleagues were apparently so impressed with her work that the diagram was mentioned in numerous iterations of this same conference, referring back to the proceedings from 1901.” Kimberly provided Linda with a link to the scanned version of the proceedings available through the digital library Hathi Trust, which meant she had immediate access.

Linda had never seen the conference proceedings before and found it be a fascinating historical document. More importantly, it provided the reference she needed to include vital information in her course. She explains that the diagram “demonstrates a clear line of a basic social work concept from our beginnings to current practice. That was something I wanted to demonstrate in this lecture: our connection today to our remarkable history, and thanks to Kim I was able to do that.”

Kimberly Moeller

Linda and her online students rely on Kimberly and other librarians to help them locate and obtain materials since they are not able to visit the library in person. When it comes to using the library or needing research assistance, Linda advises, “If you need something, ask, even if it seems like a pretty wild-eyed request. I think these librarians can pull rabbits out of a hat.”

If you would like to submit your own success story about how the libraries have helped your research and/or work, please use the Cycle of Success form.

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Fun Stuff Display: Check Out Our Movies

Need a study break? Ellis Library has lots of fun stuff in addition to resources for your academic classes. Take a look at a display of some of our DVDs near the Reference Desk.

Will you take home a 90s classic, a comedy, or a Disney flick? Maybe action is more your speed? We’ll supply the movies. You supply the popcorn.

 

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DBRL One Read Display

Every year, the Daniel Boone Regional Library system hosts a community One Read. This year, the selection is Turner House by Angela Flournoy. Stop by our display near the Reference Desk at Ellis Library to find read-alikes and nonfiction titles on themes such as folklore and housing. All books on display are available for check out.

Grab a program with One Read event listings, including an author talk on September 27th at 7 pm at Launer Auditorium at Columbia College. We also have information on how to get a free public library card and how their materials (like audiobooks and DVDs of popular television shows) complement the academic resources available to you through Mizzou Libraries.

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Presentation by Dr. Jacqueline Font-Guzmán: One Read Program Event

Join us on September 25th at 1 pm in Hulston Hall 7 for the next event in our series about this year’s One Read Program pick, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves. Dr. Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, a professor of Law at Creighton University and a certified mediator and arbitrator by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, will present. Her research explores healthcare disparities, law, and conflict engagement in addition to how marginalized individuals create counter-narratives to address institutional injustice.

Snacks will be provided thanks to the Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries.

The One Read Program, which promotes conversations regarding diversity, inclusion, and social justice through students, faculty, and staff reading a particular book together, is sponsored by Mizzou Law and Mizzou Libraries. For more information, see this guide or visit the exhibit through September 29. Copies of the book are available for checkout.

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Need Help Downloading Zotero?

First of all, what is Zotero, and why might you want to use it? If you’ve ever worried about plagiarism after losing track of where the text you cut-and-pasted into your notes came from or whose idea you were paraphrasing where, a research tool like Zotero can help. It keeps all of your citations in one location, and it can format those citations in hundreds of styles (including in-text citations and your reference list). How much does this amazing program cost? Good news, Zotero is free and open source. Interested? Ellis Library offers workshops on using Zotero, and you can find lots of information in our handy guide.

To get Zotero, you can download the latest version from their website, or you can stop by the Ellis Library Reference Desk for one-on-one assistance downloading Zotero to your laptop. Technical help getting Zotero installed on your laptop is available during these hours:

Monday 9 am – 7 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 7 pm
Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday noon – 7 pm

If you are planning on attending the Zotero session of LibWIS on September 15th, you must have it installed on your laptop before the session begins at 3:15 pm. Stop by the reference desk at one of the times above, or help will be available in the classroom from 3:00-3:15 pm.

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Ellis Library Open 24/5 After Labor Day

Ellis Library will be open from noon on Sunday until midnight on Friday and from 8 am until midnight on Saturday starting Sept. 5.

Students have consistently asked for longer hours, and thanks to the Enhance Mizzou Student Fee the hours have been extended to meet student needs.

  • Only students, faculty and staff with a valid Mizzou ID will be allowed in the library from midnight to 7 am.
  • Library users will have access to all floors of the library during the extended hours.
  • Service hours, such as check-out and reference, will not be extended, but the self-checkout machine is always available.
  • At certain times of the evening only the West entrance (by Speaker’s Circle) of Ellis Library will be open.

For a complete list of all library hours, including around holidays and intersession, please visit library.missouri.edu/hours.

If you have questions or concerns about using the library overnight, Pat Jones, Head of Library Security, and Dana Houston, Senior Security Officer, share security information and safety tips.

What security measures are in place?

During the overnight hours, there will be three security officers inside Ellis Library, one stationed at each entrance and one roving officer, meaning that officer will be walking throughout the building.

Approximately 18 security cameras will be added to the outside of the building soon. More and better lighting outside the building is also in the works. There are already approximately 20 security cameras throughout the inside of the building.

All security officers are Red Cross certified, and the library has a defibrillator. MU Police Department officers will arrive within 3-5 minutes if they are needed at any time.

What is the number one complaint library security officers receive?

Talking in the quiet areas!

Do you have any safety tips for students who plan to use the library overnight?

  • Intoxicated students will not be allowed entrance. The library is a place to do research and study.
  • Any time you feel unsafe or are being bothered by another individual, go to a security desk or tell the roving officer.
  • If you can, stay at the security desk to talk to the officer and answer a few questions. Additional details can help the officer solve the problem.
  • You can request an MU PD escort to an on-campus location by calling 573-882-7201. Escorts are done on foot.
  • Use the buddy system if possible. If not, call someone to say when you’re leaving and what route you’re taking.
  • Always walk in lit areas after dark.

What is the number one thing to know about safety in the library?

Again, any time you feel unsafe for any reason or are being bothered by another individual, tell a security officer.

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“Of Civil Wrongs and Rights” Viewing

Join us on August 30th at 4 p.m. in Ellis Auditorium for a viewing of the PBS documentary Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story. If you don’t have time to read this year’s One Read Program pick, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves, or if you want to learn more, this is the event for you. This PBS documentary tells the story of Japanese-American internment through the experience, resistance, and trial of Fred Korematsu.

Snacks will be provided thanks to the Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries.

The One Read Program, which promotes conversations regarding diversity, inclusion, and social justice through students, faculty, and staff reading a particular book together, is sponsored by Mizzou Law and Mizzou Libraries. For more information, see this guide or visit the exhibit through September 29. Copies of the book are available for checkout.

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Writing Tutors in Ellis Library

Tutors from the Writing Center will be offering one-on-one writing support in Ellis Library again this fall. All Mizzou students can take advantage of this service. Tutors can help with all stages of the writing process: brainstorming, revising, polishing a final draft. They are familiar with a variety of writing styles and formats.

Writing Tutors’ Schedule
Ellis Library, Room 151-E
Fall 2017

Sunday, August 27 through Finals Week
(no tutors during Thanksgiving Week)

Sunday 4:00 – 9:00 pm

Monday noon – 9:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Thursday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sign up for appointments on the sign-up sheet which will be posted on the door to Room 151-E at the start of tutoring hours that day. Appointments are for fifty minutes.

Visit the Writing Center’s website to find out more about the writing assistance they offer.

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