Fall IAP classes are here!

The Libraries are hosting a series of classes all during the month of October! Some require registration and are filling up quickly – see below for details.

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Managing your references: Overview of EndNote, Zotero, & Mendeley – Register
Thu October 3, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Remlee Green, remlee@mit.edu

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references or PDFs is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, Zotero, & Mendeley) 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. We’ll take a look at these 3 tools.

Please register for this session.

Intro to R – Register
Thu October 3, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, install and load R packages, conduct basic statistical analyses, and create common graphical displays.

Prerequisite: This workshop is appropriate for those with little or no prior experience with R. MIT only – Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

Introduction to GIS for Architecture – Register
Fri October 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

GIS is for architects too! Learn how to complete simple tasks using ArcMap GIS software, including making a basic map and exporting to CAD. This workshop is geared toward architecture students or those looking to learn how GIS can be used for architecture-related tasks.

Please register for this session.

Patent Searching Fundamentals
Thu Oct 10, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132 – Register
Thu Oct 24, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132 – Register
Contact: Howard Silver, hsilver@mit.edu

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Please register for either the 10/10 or 10/24 session.

Intro to GIS – Register
Mon October 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

Learn the basics of visualizing and analyzing geographic information and creating your own maps in a Geographic Information System (GIS). We will introduce open source and proprietary GIS software options and let attendees choose to work through exercises using ESRI ArcGIS (proprietary) and/or Quantum GIS (QGIS) (open source). Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data, and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations.

Please register for this session.

R Programming – Register
Thu October 10, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1-115
Contact: Jennie Murack, murack@mit.edu

This intermediate R course will guide users through a variety of programming functions. This workshop covers blocks, loops, program flow, functions, S3 classes and methods, and debugging in R. This workshop is intended for those already comfortable with using R for data analysis who wish to move on to writing their own functions.

Prerequisite: A basic familiarity with R, such as acquired from an introductory R workshop. MIT only – Athena login required.

Please register for this session.

To Infinity and Beyond: Borrowing from a Galaxy of Libraries – Register
Fri October 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Pat Page, pagep@mit.edu

Did you know you can access a universe of resources? Don’t let your research end with MIT’s holdings—this workshop will show you three trajectories to borrowing from non-MIT collections. We’ll explore the different benefits of these trajectories, so you can take your research to infinity—and beyond!

Please register for this session.

Endnote Basics – Register
Fri Oct 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Anita Perkins, perkins@mit.edu

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please register for this session.

Course Reserves at the MIT Libraries – Register
Wed October 30, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 14N-132
Contact: Molly McInerney, mcinerne@mit.edu

Are you a new instructor or teaching assistant at MIT, or are you an administrative assistant who supports teaching faculty? Do you want to learn more about course reserves and their copyright policies?

The MIT Libraries can help you navigate reserves services for print and electronic materials, and we will provide an overview of fair use and copyright guidelines for course reserves. We will also cover the details about submitting required textbook information via the Semester Book Submission Form.

Please register for this session.