SOE Library Online Workshops

Stay on top of your research with tips from your librarians.

Workshop Availability

Workshop materials are posted in the Library Research Section on the EdD Blackboard site at the end of each week. If you are registering just to get the materials - there is no need, as everything will be available afterwards. However, if you can attend synchronously, you'll get a lot more out of them by participating live than through a recording later. With the exception of Academic Apps, each workshop gives you hands on experience and practice. Hope you can join us!

Previous Workshops

Track, Manage and Organize your Research: RefWorks Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 12-1pm

This is an online event.

RefWorks offers you a place to store references to articles, books, book chapters, and other items you want to cite in your papers, projects, and research work. Our RefWorks Guide provides some assistance with the program. RefWorks lets you:

  • Organize your references
  • Store full-text documents in your RefWorks account or use FindIt to easily navigate to documents
  • Create bibliographies
  • Pull references into your Word documents

If you're new to RefWorks, or just have some questions about it, please join us in this interactive workshop!


This workshop is open to all SOE students.

Preparing your Literature Review: Synthesis Matrix

Tuesday, March 1st, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Before you begin writing your literature review, start with a synthesis matrix to help you get organized. A synthesis matrix can help you organize your literature review into a narrative, and help you avoid the trap of merely stringing together your annotations from an annotated bibliography. Join us to learn how a synthesis matrix can help you, and you'll even be able to begin working on your own.

Be sure to bring have your annotated bibliography handy during the session.



This workshop is tailored to students in the Ed.D. 2015 cohort, but is open to all SOE students.

Dissertation Formatting

Thursday, March 3rd, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

This workshop is tailored for students submitting their dissertations in Spring or Summer 2016.

Just Google It, Part 1: Using and Evaluating Online Information

Monday, March 7th, 12-1pm

This is an online event.

A lot of what you find through Google isn’t right for your academic work. But there are ways to use Google’s tools effectively to find good information for your research. But finding that good information and sorting the good from the bad that can be tricky. Learn strategies on how to use Google’s less used search functions, and how to evaluate whether or not you’ve struck gold.

Open to all SOE students.

Just Google It, Part 2: Using Google Scholar Effectively in Your Research

Thursday, March 10th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Sometimes you just have the urge to do your research in Google. It’s so easy to use! But you've probably found that when it comes to scholarly research, Google doesn't always have everything you need. In this workshop, learn about when and how to use Google Scholar to find the information you need for academic work.

This workshop is open to all SOE students.

Track, Manage and Organize your Research: RefWorks Workshop (Option 2)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

RefWorks offers you a place to store references to articles, books, book chapters, and other items you want to cite in your papers, projects, and research work. Our RefWorks Guide provides some assistance with the program. RefWorks lets you:

  • Organize your references
  • Store full-text documents in your RefWorks account or use FindIt to easily navigate to documents
  • Create bibliographies
  • Pull references into your Word documents

If you're new to RefWorks, or just have some questions about it, please join us in this interactive workshop!


This workshop is open to all SOE students, and is a repeat of the first session.

Academic Apps

Tuesday, March 29th, 12-12:30pm

This is an online event.

In this whirlwind show & tell, we will recommend the best apps (iOS and Android platforms) for use in your academic life. We'll look at apps for productivity, research, note-taking, e-reading, presentations, and more. Some apps we'll cover include: Evernote (and the Evernote Suite), Pocket, Dropbox, Feedly, Haiku Deck and Clear.


This workshop is for the novice user as well as those well versed in apps. Come to find a new favorite or to set up your smart phone or tablet to aid in your research on the go!


This workshop is open to all SOE Students.

APA Resource Review

Tuesday, March 29th, 6-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Event Description

Join us for a quick review of APA resources created specifically for your program. Questions will be answered and tips will be given in this 30 minute review.



This workshop is open to all SOE students.

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, March 30th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

PowerPoint is everyone's favorite presentation program. It's the most popular and universal choice for presentations. This workshop will look at how to take your PowerPoint to the next level, offering tips and tricks that go beyond the basics of the program. If you are looking to spice up your next presentation join us for this online interactive workshop.

This workshop is open to all SOE students.

Prezi Basics

Monday, April 4th, 12-1pm

This is an online event.

The Sheridan Libraries is offering a Presentation Tools workshop to learn how to use Prezi, a zooming web-based presentation tool. It allows you to create a presentation with several levels of magnification so that instead of moving from one slide to the next, you can zoom into areas of the presentation for more information and to give further context. It's a great alternative to PowerPoint, allows for multiple editors, shares your presentation online, and it's free!

This workshop is open to all SOE students.

Research Workflows - How to tame the digital tsunami

Wednesday, April 6th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

You get articles from databases, a friend sends you a news article, you bookmark your course readings, you take notes while you’re studying, and you know you have to save everything somewhere, somehow. Figuring out the best way to keep everything organized and set up a system for yourself can be frustrating, and figuring out the right tools to use can be overwhelming. This workshop takes you through the workflows of two researchers, explaining their processes and the tools they use to stay organized. Come to get ideas on how to manage your own process, and set up your own research workflow.


This workshop is open to all SOE students.