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Graduate Students' "Write-In"

Call it a "write-in," "writing retreat" or "write-a-thon," the idea is to commit to a block of time to work on your writing project. Writing Tutors and dedicated fellow grad students provide accountability, encouragement and moral support. Planning to write every weekend? Get energized by these Friday sessions. Planning to take weekends off? Write efficiently on Fridays and feel happier and more relaxed on Saturdays!

  • Mar 6 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors at Wells Library Tutorial Center
  • Mar 13 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors at Wells Library Tutorial Center
    Two Friday the 13ths in a row! This one will be lucky too.
  • Mar 27 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors at Wells Library Tutorial Center
  • Apr 3 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors at Wells Library Tutorial Center
  • Apr 10 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors at Wells Library Tutorial Center
  • Apr 17 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors at Wells Library Tutorial Center
  • Apr 24 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors at Wells Library Tutorial Center
  • May 1 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors at Wells Library Tutorial Center
Digital Library Brown Bag Series

The Digital Library Brown Bag Series began in 2003, and continues to cultivate interest from both IU and non-IU affiliates.  The series originated with a focus on digital libraries – standards, tools, and trends in the field – but has since expanded to include all areas and topics relevant to digital scholarship, including digital humanities and open-access publishing.  The brown bag series focuses on local practices and emerging trends, and is intended to encourage participation in digital library and digital research projects and initiatives.

No registration is required, but you may register if you would like a reminder of the event. For more information, please see

  • Designing the Digital Scholarly Commons: "In Mrs. Goldberg's Kitchen: Jewish Life in Interwar Łódź" Mar 4 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm with Halina Goldberg and Adam Hochstetter at Wells E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)
  • Sailing the High Seas of Open Access Publishing with the OJS XML Galley Plugin Apr 8 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm with Nick Homenda and Shayna Pekala at Wells E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)
  • Bibliography’s Place in Modern Humanities Research: A Case Study from The Chymistry of Isaac Newton project Apr 15 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm with Meridith Beck Sayre at Wells E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)
  • OLE! Exploring Our Upcoming Community Source Library Management Solution Apr 22 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm with Matt Sargent and Mark Feddersen at Wells E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)

Hone and perfect your strategies for getting work done effectively. We’ll cover two topics: expert use of core research databases, and developing effective writing habits. We’ll also provide snacks to help you stay alert!

  • Getting Unstuck Apr 3 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm with Christina Sheley, Andrea Baer and Writing Tutors at TBA (will be part of Graduate School's Spring Writing Bootcamp)
    Feeling stuck? Work on your bibliography! Or, trick yourself into writing again with some fun and effective techniques introduced by graduate writing tutors.
Beware of Predators: How to Avoid Getting Ripped off by Predatory Journal Publishers

Beware the predatory publisher! Predatory publishers exploit the "author pays" model of open access to profit from unsuspecting scholars. They engage in a variety of unethical practices to entice contributors, then charge them for non-existent services. In this workshop, participants will learn about common scams to look out for and how to evaluate the legitimacy of an open access publication.

  • Mar 3 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm with Shayna Pekala, Naz Pantaloni, Michael Regoli, Jian Liu, and Bob Noel at Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)
    Note new time and date.
Designing and Evaluating “Good” Research

In the academic world and beyond, new tools and methods have made it fairly low cost and easy to conduct online surveys and other forms of research. With advances in information technology, it is also easier than ever to access data. As a result of these exciting developments, there is a vast and expanding ocean of data but there is also danger that poorly designed studies may be lurking in the waters, increasingly easier to conduct and analyze.

So, what makes a “good” research study – one that we trust will provide accurate and reliable results? In this workshop, we will review major elements to consider when designing your own research study or when you are judging the quality of existing data. These will include quality considerations with regard to sampling, questionnaire development, data collection methods, data processing, and analysis. The presenters will provide practical tips and resources in each of these areas to demonstrate how to produce and evaluate high quality research.

Our speakers are Ashley Clark, Director, Center for Survey Research and Clinical Assistant Professor, SPEA, Stacey Giroux Wells, Senior Study Director, Center for Survey Research and Adjunct, Anthropology and Lilian Yahng, Director of R&D and Research Laboratory, Center for Survey Research

  • Mar 26 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm with Ashley Clark, Stacey Giroux Wells, and Lilian Yahng, Center for Survey Research at Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)
    Lunch included!
Marketing Your Academic Book

You’ve just published a book — now what? This workshop for first-time authors will cover what you can expect academic publishers to do to market your book, and what your publisher will expect from you. We will provide tips on how to be an effective self-promoter, and will also explore the increasing importance of social media marketing.Our speakers are Dave Hulsey and Laura Baich of the Indiana University Press.

  • Apr 15 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm with Dave Hulsey and Laura Baich at Wells Library E174
An Introduction to the Scholars' Commons IQ Wall

The Scholars' Commons IQ-Wall is a large, high-resolution display which is open to all IU students, faculty, and staff. In this workshop, UITS Advanced Visualization Lab staff will demonstrate how this facility's unique characteristics can enhance your educational, research, and creative activities. We will walk you through how to access the full power of the display using the attached PC as well as how to collaborate by displaying up to four laptops simultaneously. Bring your laptop to get a glimpse into an upcoming technology which allows for wireless collaboration with participants both on our IQ-Wall and at remote sites.

  • Mar 5 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm with David Reagan, UITS Research Technologies at Wells Library Scholars' Commons IQ Wall Room
After Spring Break: How to Get the Most of the Last Weeks of the Semester

Whether or not you relaxed or completed writing projects during Spring Break, the week has ended and you are now back to “the grind”.  How do your structure your time so you can not only finish projects, teach, prepare for the summer session, and keep the “good vibrations” you might have felt over break? During this workshop we will discuss some common challenges that prevent us from making a productive transition back to work after spring break. However, we will also learn how to identify the hidden ways we respond to challenges that often paralyze us. Finally, we will develop an 8-week plan that will take you from week 1 of your “return” to the end of the semester – with time to have some summer fun!

  • Mar 25 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm with Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde, Director of The Graduate Mentoring Center) at Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)
Preparing for a summer research trip

If you’ve never worked in archives or special collections, or done research outside of the US, your first research trip can be overwhelming. In this 90-minute session (lunch included), librarians, archivists and fellow researchers help de-mystify the process for you. We’ll start in the University Archives with a hands-on introduction to logistics, then move on to lunch, and discussion of tips, strategies and new digital tools for travelling researchers.

  • Mar 27 2015 - 11:30am to 1:00pm with Dina Kellams, Marion Frank-Wilson and Erika Dowell at University Archives, Wells Library E460
Saying Yes to Yourself: Three Steps to Reclaiming Your Time without Feeling Guilty

All semester long, you have said "yes": to projects, colleagues and friends, or ideas. Although these may have resulted in new knowledge and relationships, perhaps you are now asking: when did I say yes to "just" me? Sometimes, saying yes furthers our research and extends our "to do" list. It may also leave us little time to reflect on our relationship with our Self - the very thing needed to make "yes" to all the other things relevant and worth pursuing. In this workshop we will identify some of the reasons we say “yes” when we should say “no” or “maybe”. We will also discuss three strategies to better organize your time and have more of it. Finally, we will look at a week in our lives and determine where we can reinsert our Self and reclaim "me time" without isolating others or feeling guilty while also setting a foundation for creating stronger relationships between others and our research.

  • Apr 22 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm with Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde, Director of The Graduate Mentoring Center at Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)
Supercharge your Dissertation Summer

Whether you're about to start working on your dissertation, or you're coming back to it after a busy spring, we know your goal is to get the most out of the summer months. This one-day workshop will help you start the summer right. Graduate students, librarians, faculty and other experts will share their insights on organizing your research, developing a sustainable writing schedule, staying sane while dissertating, writing with a future book project in mind, and more. Coffee/tea, snacks and lunch included! 

  • May 4 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm with WTS Tutors, Grad School Mentors, IUB Librarians, and others at Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)
Natural Language Processing and NLTK

This workshop will cover the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), a Python-based platform for natural language processing (NLP) tools ( NLTK is useful because it's a "one stop shop" for a variety of applications: storing data, searching data, applying part-of-speech taggers, applying syntactic parsers, classifying documents, and so forth. It does, however, require some understanding of the Python programming language (, and we will go over the basics during the workshop. This will be a very gentle introduction to programming. In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of text & corpus handling in NLTK, as well as a little bit on POS tagging (time permitting). The goal is to give people enough familiarity with NLTK to bootstrap themselves into more NLTK knowledge. If you want to follow along during the tutorial on your own laptop, you are strongly encouraged to install NLTK ahead of time: You should also install the NLTK data: If you do not have Python on your computer, you will need that, too: Note that we will be using Python 3. No linguistic or programming experience necessary.

UNIX for Poets, Or: How to Get the Most Out of Your Mac

Independent of which research area we work in, most of us often have to search in texts or extract specific information from texts. Sometimes, just searching for individual words is insufficient because the search results cover too many uninteresting phenomena or the phenomena are more complex. In many cases, we can extract the information easily using the command line on a Mac or a Unix/linux computer without programming. This workshop will introduce ways of extracting information from texts using command line tools. We will create concordances and extract all trigrams (sequences of 3 words). The workshop will start with an introduction on how to use the command line instead of graphical tools. No unix/linux, linguistic, or programming experience necessary.