Check Out the Complete Listing of JulyAP 2011 Sessions

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132.  Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Bioinformatics for Beginners – Register

  • When: Tue July 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Howard Silver,
  • Description: Bioinformatics techniques and tools are being incorporated into researcher’s toolkits across a broad range of disciplines.  The session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent starting point for people who are new to, or curious about bioinformatics research tools.  It features the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Entrez family of databases and the BIOBASE family of resources.

Endnote Basics – Register

  • When: Mon July 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Peter Cohn,
  • Description: EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references.  Attendees will create a personal database of cited literature by importing references from resources such as Barton, Web of Science, & other sources of published literature.  Your database can be used to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in your manuscripts.  It can also help you organize and manage your PDF files.

Fair Use and Electronic Reserves –  Register

  • When: Thu July 28, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Roshni Gohil,
  • Description: Are you teaching or supporting a fall class and want to learn more about copyright and electronic reserves on Stellar?  We’ll provide an overview of “fair use” and other copyright restrictions for course materials and help you navigate through the ins and outs of electronic reserves.  Staff from the MIT Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Publishing & Licensing and Course Reserves Team will be available to answer questions.  Please sign up in advance so that we can better tailor the session for your needs.

Managing Your References:  Overview of EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero – Register

  • When: Thu July 21, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Anita Perkins,
  • Description: Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world.  These software packages allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference.  But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?  This session will focus on EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for bibliographic software at MIT.  We will include a discussion comparing and contrasting the three software packages, and we will introduce some of the basic concepts and functionality of each program.

Managing Research Data 101

  • When: Fri July 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Where: 14N-132
  • Contact: Amy Stout,
  • Description: For researchers struggling to manage their data, basic strategies will be provided for:  best practices for retention and archiving; effective directory structures and naming conventions; good file formats for long-term access; data security and backup options; and metadata, tagging, and citation options.