Library Workshops and Tours “By Request”

librariansWe offer a variety of instructional services by request. By Request Workshops and Tours may be requested by UWM faculty, staff, and students. You can request a workshop for yourself or for a group. Workshops are normally scheduled in the Golda Meir Library, but some workshops may be delivered on-site at your group meeting, classroom, or residence hall.

Contact Kate L. Ganski, Library Instruction Coordinator, for details.

Course Instructors: To bring your class to the library for instruction, see the Course Integrated Instruction page.

Researchers and Students: To request one-on-one help with your research, please complete the Research Consultation Request form.

Graduate Students: Sign up for sessions offered through our Graduate Research Series @ UWM Libraries.


Walking Tour of the UWM Libraries

Customized walking tours highlighting any and all of the array of collections and services at the UWM Libraries are available upon request. Tours range from 20 minutes to one hour.

To request a tour for yourself or for a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.

Don’t have time for a walking tour? Check out our virtual tour of the UWM Libraries and the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons.


Introduction to Research at the UWM Libraries

Attendees will learn simple search techniques for finding information in our online catalog, PantherCat, and how to find articles in scholarly journals (e.g., Journal of Nursing), popular magazines (e.g., Newsweek), and newspapers (e.g., New York Times) by searching online indexes and databases. This is a 45 minute workshop.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out our online tutorial: Information Literacy Tutorial.


Getting Started with RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based research tool that helps you manage citations, create bibliographies, and import references from research databases. Formatting styles include APA, Chicago and MLA and journal specific styles. Attendees will register for an account (no-cost for UWM students, staff and faculty), import and export citations into their personal RefWorks account, create folders for organizing their references and use RefWorks to create a bibliography. This is a 75 minute workshop.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out the RefWorks Basics online tutorial.


Advanced RefWorks Workshop

Attendees will learn how to use some of the advanced search and look up features in RefWorks.  Using expert viewing, sorting and printing of references, editing multiple references at one time, importing data from web pages and RSS feeds, using the “my list” feature, working offline, and backing up and restoring.  Prerequisite: users should already have experience using RefWorks and/or have attended a previous library RefWorks session. There will be hands-on time for users during this session. This is a 75 minute workshop.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out the RefWorks online tutorials.


Setting Limits on Facebook

How do others see you on Facebook? Learn how Facebook can use your personal information and learn how to manage your privacy in this hands on workshop.Open to anyone interested. 20 mins.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.


Research Alert Services

The UWM Libraries provides researchers free access to electronic tools to monitor the journals and databases of each academic discipline.  Learn how to set up alerts to be notified via  e-mail when new articles or books are published in your research area. Recommended for those involved in a long-term research project or a current literature review. This is a 60 minute workshop.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out the Current Contents and Alerts guide.


Cited Reference Searching

Cited Reference Searching is a research technique to determine if a scholarly publication has been subsequently cited by a different publication.  Used by scholars to determine the impact of their work on the academic discipline (and by faculty documenting their accomplishments for promotion purposes).  This session will include identification of the research databases available through the UWM Libraries that provide a “Cited By” hotlink, indexed “Works Cited” lists, or searchable full-text documents to locate specific published items cited by others. This is a 60 minute workshop.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out the Cited Reference Searching guide.


Data Management 101

Are you frustrated with disorganized research data? Are you organized but want to manage your data better? This session is for you! ‘Data Management 101’ covers the basics of managing research data, including: file naming and organization conventions, data documentation, and best practices in data storage and backups. This is a 75 minute workshop.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out Data Services’ best practices for data management.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.


Creating a Data Management Plan

Do you need to write a data management plan for a grant proposal? This session will walk you through the 5 key parts of a data management plan and how to apply them to your research. You will leave the session with a rough outline of your data management plan. This is a 75 minute workshop.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out Data Services’ guide to data management plans.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.


Making Google Work for You

Explore the power of Google in this hands on workshop, share some of your own tips for working with Google, and increase your skill with Google Scholar. Open to anyone interested. 30 mins.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.


UWM Records Management Workshop

This workshop for UWM employees will introduce attendees to records management as a way to increase productivity and comply with state law. The general presentation covers records definitions, retention scheduling, and managing electronic records, including email. The presentation can also be modified to include information about an office’s particular records situation. This is a 60 minute workshop (45 minute presentation plus time for questions.)

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out UWM Records Management PowerPoint presentations from past campus workshops.


Marching in Milwaukee: Researching with Primary Sources on Milwaukee Civil Rights

Geared towards students exploring local history within the broader context of the national struggle of equality for African-Americans during the 1960s, this workshop will help students 1) find primary sources on this topic and 2) understand how to use them effectively in their class projects. This workshop is typically one hour and will introduce search tools and methods, online resources, and the rich primary sources within the UWM Libraries.

To Request this workshop for yourself or a group please submit the Workshop Request Form.

Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out the online digital collection, March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project and the research guide to learn more .


If you have a suggestion for a Library Workshop that you feel will be of interest to UWM students, faculty, staff or the university community, please contact the Library Instruction Coordinator, Kate L. Ganski.

Visit our interactive library tutorials How do I find Books? Tutorial and How do I find Articles? Tutorial any time.

Additional workshops for UWM faculty and academic staff are listed in the Professional Development & Employee Enhancement Calendar (choose “UWM Libraries” as the event sponsor to see a list of library workshops.)