Workshop Topics

Brandeis Library offers workshops and sessions on citation management, research strategies, data analysis and management, GIS, software for quantitative and qualitative analysis, primary sources, subject-specific resources, media production, 3D printing, soldering and more. Check out our upcoming workshops!

In addition to our workshop series offered through the Library, we are happy to work with groups on campus who would like to request a workshop. Please explore a list of workshop topics and descriptions below. If you'd like to request a workshop for a group, please fill out our request form.


Get Your References Right: The Nitty-Gritty of APA Style

Trying to finish up your reference list? Unsure how to cite that one paper? In this session, we'll focus on the mechanics of APA style in the reference list, covering standard stuff like books and articles, and funky stuff like white papers, NGO reports, government documents, and datasets. Join us, and bring your specific questions!


Chicago Style Citation Workshop
Learn the basic Chicago Style templates for commonly-used sources, such as books, journal articles, websites, and other online resources. We'll include time for citation Q&A and time to practice creating your own citations.
MLA Style Citation Workshop
Learn the basic MLA style you'll need for your paper, including how to create citations for books, journal articles, websites, and more. Q&A and time to practice creating your own citations will be at the end of the session.
Info Session: EndNote or Zotero?
Tired of typing out bibliographies? Try EndNote or Zotero! They are citation management software programs that allow you to organize references and quickly create bibliographies. They are pretty similar, so we'll cover the pros and cons of each program so you can decide which one is best for your research!
Introduction to Zotero

Are you typing citations and bibliographies by hand? Having trouble keeping all your references organized? Why not try Zotero? Zotero is a free citation management tool that helps you stay organized, quickly format citations, and generate bibliographies for your research.

In this workshop, we'll show you how to import citations from library databases and other sources, organize and edit items in your Zotero library, add in-text citations to a Word document, and build an automated bibliography in the citation style for your discipline.

Advanced Zotero: Organization & Group Collaboration
This workshop is designed to be a follow-up to the Intro to Zotero or for individuals who already have familiarity with Zotero. If you haven't used Zotero before, please attend one of our Introduction to Zotero workshops or schedule an appointment with our Zotero team, as this workshop will not cover the basics.

Are you working on a large research project like a thesis or dissertation? Or need to keep several different research projects organized but separated? Are you looking to keep your pdfs, notes, and references in one place? Do you need to collaborate on a research project with colleagues, classmates, or your adviser?

In this workshop, we'll show you how to use Zotero’s nifty organization features to sort and store your research effectively. We will go over Zotero’s note-taking feature as well as tags, sorting, and related references, as well as how to store and search pdfs. Additionally, this workshop will show how you can export your research into other useful formats and how to clean up your Zotero library. Finally, we will show you how to set up collaborative group libraries, send invitations, set privacy and user permissions, add citations and PDFs to your shared library, and more!
EndNote for Beginners
Do you need to use EndNote for your lab, class, or assignment? Are you typing your bibliographies by hand? Having trouble keeping all your PDFs and references organized? Try EndNote!

Learn how to create a reference library, import citations from library databases, apply footnotes in a Word document, and build an automated bibliography in the correct citation style for your discipline.

Data Services and Software

Getting Started with SPSS
This workshop is designed to introduce new users to SPSS, a user-friendly program that allows you to conduct statistical analyses through simple point-and-click menu items. You will learn how to enter data into SPSS and how to define, recode and create new variables. We will show you how to obtain univariate statistics and produce basic graphs.
Getting Started with Stata
This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to Stata. You will learn how to navigate Stata's user interface, create log files, use do- files, enter data into Stata and how to define, recode and create new variables. We will show you how to do univariate statistics and produce basic graphs.
Getting Started with R
R is very powerful free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
In this workshop you will learn how to create R objects, install and load R packages, import and manage datasets, and conduct basic statistical analyses. We will use RStudio.
Various Topics Related to R, upon request

We can also provide R sessions on a variety of topics, such as data visualization, data wrangling, statistical tests/models, reproducibility tips, simulation modeling, web scraping, and text mining.
Getting Started with Atlas.ti 8
Learn the new Atlas.ti 8! This workshop is designed to introduce new users to Atlas.ti. It will provide an overview of this software designed to support your qualitative analysis. You will learn how to set up a project and start your analysis, how to create codes, memos, comments, families and networks.
Bivariate Analysis with Stata
In this workshop you will learn some of the basic statistical analysis using Stata. We will cover correlation, chi-square, t-test, ANOVA and we will produce some graphics.
Data Analysis with R
In this workshop you will learn some of the basic statistical analyses using R. We will cover correlation, chi-square, t-test, ANOVA and the basics of regression.
Info Session: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Tools
Are you interested in GIS and interactive maps, but aren't sure how GIS can be used in your own research? Come learn about our suite of GIS tools and discover how spatial analysis can bring a whole new dimension to your work. This info session will include a quick overview of ArcGIS software, Social Explorer, and GIS support services at Brandeis Library.

Already have experience using GIS? Book an appointment with our GIS librarian if you'd like a more in-depth GIS consultation.
Creating Web Maps with ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Online is a web-based GIS tool that can be used to create and share web maps and apps. This introductory session will include an overview of ArcGIS Online software, commonly used GIS terminology, GIS support services at Brandeis Library, and guided hands-on activities. Brandeis community members can sign-in to their ArcGIS Online accounts at Brandeis ArcGIS Online.

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  • Add, edit, and customize the appearance of data in their maps
  • Properly format and upload a spreadsheet file for use in ArcGIS Online
  • Customize the pop-up window display for a data set
  • Save and export maps for use in reports, websites, and web apps
Excel with Excel: Overview, Tips and Tricks. Part I
Excel is a spreadsheet program that allows you to store, organize, and analyze information. In this workshop, you will learn how to enter and format your data. We will cover useful features such as conditional formatting, sort and filter and basic functions and formulas.
Excel with Excel: Overview, Tips and Tricks. Part II
Do you want to use Excel more efficiently? We will show you some time-saving formulas (if, vlookup, text formulas...) and we will learn how to create pivot tables.
Survey Building with Qualtrics
Qualtrics is a robust online survey tool for research or information-gathering needs. In this workshop we will learn how to create, edit and distribute a survey.

Research Technology and Innovation

Brandeis MakerLab Tour
In this hour, we will tour the MakerLab, Automation Lab, and the Digital Scholarship Lab and look at some of the toolsets available and examples of projects students, faculty and staff have created in the spaces related to teaching, learning and research.
Intro to 3D Printing

In this training you will get a peek into the 3D Printing world, and learn how to operate a Flashforge CreatorPro.

We will start with a powerpoint to look at some use cases, possibilities as well as dangers of using 3D printers. Then we will move on to the hands on part, where we download a 3D model, slice it and start a 3D print.

This is the suggested training for MakerLab room access.

Drone Simulator Practice Training
Join us for some simulator practice as we build our drone flying skills to prepare for monthly in-person races. All skill levels welcome!

Whether you've never flown a drone before in your life or you're trying to shave a couple milliseconds off your top leaderboard time we can get you the practice you need to improve. Weekly practice is held in the Digital Scholarship Lab on the Goldfarb Mezzanine (down the hall from the roman forum display). Nothing required, we will have all of the equipment you need to learn to fly on hand.
AutomationLab Soldering
This is a multi-session training. Starting with theory, soldering and desoldering training. The next sessions are focused on working with the soldering kits, which you will complete at your own pace. Don't worry about which day is which session, we will get you going from wherever you left off! This training is designed for any skill level so come join even if you've never heard of soldering before.

This is the suggested training for AutomationLab access.

Sound & Image Media Studios

SIMS Tour and Orientation
Drop by for a guided tour of our labs and studios. Meet our student staff and take a look at some of their recent project work. Sit down at one of our workstations and learn your way around some of our editing software. Take a look at some of our camera and sound equipment and hear about all of the different kinds of projects you can create with them.
Videography Workshop
This intermediate-level workshop covers setup and operation of DSLR/mirrorless video cameras, framing and exposure techniques, how to work as a crew, sound recording and lighting options. Some previous experience with one of our entry-level camcorders (or any other basic camera) is recommended before attending this workshop.
Request a Customized Workshop
Potential topics include digital photography, photo editing in Lightroom or Photoshop, poster, flyer, or logo design, audio production in Logic or Ableton Live, video editing, and advanced videography. A group of three or more is generally required to organize a workshop. One-on-one training is also always available upon request through the SIMS website.

Other Workshops

Library 101
This workshop will provide an introduction to the most highly used library resources and services at Brandeis, including:
  • The catalog and locating books in the library
  • Using your Library Account OneSearch
  • Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
  • Library Databases
Intro to Google Sites
Google Sites is a free wiki- and website-creation tool offered by Google. It offers collaboration between individuals to build the site, and can be displayed publicly, privately, or only to the Brandeis community. This introductory session will cover the basic editing tools of Google Sites, how to add/delete content, and demonstrate best practices to ensure accessibility. Google Sites is free to use.
LaTeX for Beginners
LaTeX is a free typesetting program that you can use to format books, articles, slides, and other types of documents. LaTeX makes it easy to format things like mathematical formulas, symbols, and lines of poetry, which can be tricky to do in Word or Google Docs.

This workshop will introduce the basics of working with LaTeX, including:
  • Setting up a LaTeX document
  • Formatting basics (paragraphs, sections, tables, etc.)
  • Using LaTeX for math & science*
  • Using LaTeX for literature & linguistics*

*Note: The disciplinary focus will vary, depending on who signs up for the session. Subject-specific sessions can be arranged as needed.