Instruction Sessions and Workshops in BC Libraries
We provide a wide variety of workshops and instruction sessions, and can work with faculty or students to create customized sessions. Below are some sample workshops and instruction sessions. Whether you need one of the workshops below or instruction on library tools other than what is shown here, please contact your Subject Librarian or FWS Instructor.
Core Library Skills
Unlock the secrets of how to find books, videos, journals, and other materials quickly and efficiently, whether you're starting with titles, authors, or vague topic ideas.
Citation: Who, What, When, Where, Why
Citation can be a troublesome process, with its seemingly endless lists of rules and variations. Learn universal concepts underlying all citation, efficient processes for tracking and managing resources, and how to find answers to questions like, "In APA, how do I cite a quotation to blog post without a clear author or page numbers?"
First Year Writing Seminar (FWS) Instruction
The First-year Writing Seminars (FWS) Library Instruction is a crucial element of the BC Libraries instruction program. We aim to provide in-class library instruction for every section of FWS, and we have a team of instruction librarians dedicated to this task. Where possible, we like to meet with FWS faculty in advance of the instruction session to discuss what will be covered, and develop custom instruction sessions that directly address course assignments. You can see our extensive FWS guide for more information, or contact one of our FWS instructors to get started. We work closely with the FWS program to ensure students develop core library skills early on in their time at BC.
Citation Management Tools
Learn how to use RefWorks for collecting and managing your citations, creating in-text citations and generating formatted bibliographies.
Introduction to EndNote
Learn the basics of collecting and managing citations using EndNote citation management software, and how to use it to create in-text citations and bibliographies.
Zotero for History Grad Students
A free Firefox, Chrome, & Safari extension that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives within your web browser. Zotero allows you to automatically import references and full-text documents from online catalogs (e.g. Holmes, WorldCat) and databases (e.g. JSTOR, America: History & Life), as well as open websites like Amazon, newspaper sites, blogs, etc. You can then easily create automatically formatted bibliographies and in-text citations from your library of references.
Custom technology workshops
Librarians can create custom workshops on technology tools or programs, and often collaborate with campus partners in ITS and CTE in finding the right resources - please contact the Library Digital Studio for help.
A brief look at some of the features and functions in Photoshop that we most often use when working with our digital collections. Attendees will become familiar with Photoshop’s basic tools for manipulating and evaluating images.
Introduction to ArcGIS
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. Learn mapping and analysis with the latest version of ArcGIS software using 2010 Census data and examples of GIS analysis in various disciplines. Access to Data/GIS collections and technical support offered at Boston College will also be discussed. Click here to view calendar sessions.
Our Digital Scholarship Librarians work in conjunction with subject liaisons in meeting the needs of faculty and students who are engaged in digital scholarship activities. We can create custom workshops, classroom instruction, or provide more hands-on support for digital scholarship projects. We work closely with campus partners to ensure optimal support for faculty and students.
Some sample workshops we've provided in the past include:
Digital Scholarship concepts
Librarians can provide overviews or subject-specific presentations on digital scholarship concepts and projects, working in conjunction with faculty.
Incorporating a Digital Humanities Component into your Class
Intended for faculty, this course provides a "best practices" approach to using digital humanities tools and processes in humanities courses for the purposes of communication, collaboration and facility of research.
Text Analysis Tools
Using Project Bamboo as a starting point, participants will gain an overview of the tools available online that help discover key words and ideas researchers may otherwise not have noticed.
TEI: Textual Encoding Initiative
An introductory class to the fundamentals of text encoding within a humanities context. Participants will learn what the TEI is and guidelines for simple encoding for source materials.
XML: eXtensible Markup Language
XML is designed to transport and store data. In this session, participants will learn XML syntax, well-formed and valid XML, DTD, and displaying XML with CSS.
Locating and Using Data for Secondary Research
We offer many cross disciplinary sources and repositories of data for secondary research. Learn how to find the data you need for your research or class assignment using discovery tools such as the Data/GIS & Statistics Collection, ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) and research guides highlighting key U.S. and international data. Downloading data and the use of statistical software for data analysis will also be demonstrated.
Data Management Workshops
Introduction to best practices for managing, sharing and preserving research data for the long-term, as required by some funding agencies. Data citation best practices. Tailored to specific disciplines as indicated.