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Lib4RI Training Series


On a regular basis, Lib4RI offers various courses for members of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.


Autumn 2022: Searching & Managing Scientific Information


We are finally back with our on-site trainings and Lib4RI’s biannual introductory course for PhD students and other affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL.

The course is split into seven modules (ca 3-6h each) for which on-site sessions can be booked individually.

  • In module 1, «Searching Scientific Information», you become skilled in finding relevant scientific information using suitable tools offered by Lib4RI.
  • In module 2, «Scientific Publishing – From Writing to Sharing», you will be guided through the scientific publication process from start to finish.
  • In module 3, «Open Access & Copyright» you gain knowledge on the principles of Open Access (OA) publishing and learn how to deal with copyright questions related to scientific works.
  • In module 4, «Literature Management with EndNote», you get introduced to scientific literature management with EndNote.
  • In module 5, «Getting Started with LaTeX», you are guided in creating your first LaTeX document, with special attention to scientific writing oriented features. The course is for LaTeX beginners.
  • In module 6, «Work on Your Own Project», you work on your own literature project receiving individual assistance
  • In the new module 7, «Research Data Management – The Basics», you learn to identify the relevant strategies and tools to implement research data management in your research practices.

On request, students attending four or more modules will receive a recommendation for 1 ECTS credit point.

Course Description

Module 1: Searching Scientific Information
• How to use Lib4RI’s resources for quick information retrieval
• Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators, wildcards and truncations
• Examples/exercises from the swisscovery library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science
Trainers: Isabelle Fischer, Bobby Neuhold

Module 2: Scientific Publishing – From Writing to Sharing
• Steps prior to writing a paper
• Grammar and writing style
• Tips on the publication process
• Author identification, impact and visibility
Trainers: Nina Helg-Kurmann, Laura Konstantaki

Module 3: Open Access & Copyright
• Apply Open Access to your publications and gain more impact for your research
• Funding opportunities for Open Access publications
• How to make your publications Open Access in the repository DORA
• Principles of copyright and their applications in science
• Creative Commons (CC) licences and how to use them
• Copyright transfer agreements and author rights
Trainers: Jochen Bihn, Lothar Nunnenmacher

Module 4: Literature Management with EndNote
• Introduction to literature management
• How to import and organise literature information including fulltext PDFs
• Citing references and creating bibliographies in your scientific document using EndNote's Cite-While-You-Write (MS Word plugin)
• How to modify/create output styles using EndNote's style editor
Trainers: Stephanie Hofmann, Bobby Neuhold

Module 5: Getting Started with LaTeX
• A not so short summary of LaTeX basics
• Tables, figures and formulae
• The LaTeX error log and common errors to avoid
• BibTeX and citation styles
Trainers: Federico Cantini, Frank Hösli

Module 6: Work on Your Own Project
• Develop your search strategy and set up your systematic topic search with bibliographic databases such as Scopus & Web of Science
• Critically evaluate your search results
• Tweak your reference management & citation tools (particularly EndNote)
Trainers: Stephanie Hofmann, Bobby Neuhold

Module 7: Research Data Management – The Basics
• Life cycle of research data
• Adequate metadata documentation for your code and data
• Storing and publishing data
• Writing Data Management Plans (DMP) and using OpenBIS (ELN)
Trainers: Federico Cantini, Fabian Felder (Lib4RI), experts from Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL

Organisation

  • Presentations with examples and exercises (course notes will be available online a couple of days prior to the sessions)
  • All modules are held in English
  • Max. 20 participants for sessions of modules 1-3 & 5-7 (please bring your laptop)
  • Max. 12 participants for sessions of module 4 (computers provided)
  • For module 5: Please bring your laptop with a working LaTeX installation. Brief instructions for example installations can be found below ca. 1 week prior to the sessions. Please contact us should you require assistance with your installation.

Registration

  • Registration closes a few days prior to each event. Please use the registration links provided in the table below
  • Each venue is open to all members of the 4 research institutes Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL. Most modules are offered on-site at Eawag-Empa Dübendorf, PSI Villigen and WSL Birmensdorf.
  • No course fee

Module

Location

Date & Time

Registration Link

Module 1: Searching Scientific Information

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-C24

Tue, 18.10.2022
9.00-12.00

PSI Villigen
PSI Education Center
Room OSGA/OG08

Tue, 04.10.2022
9.00-12.00

WSL Birmensdorf
Flurysaal

Thu, 13.10.2022
9.00-12.00

Module 2: Scientific Publishing – From Writing to Sharing

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-C24

Wed, 16.11.2022
9.00-12.00

PSI Villigen
PSI Education Center
Room OSGA/OG09

Wed, 02.11.2022
09.00-12.00

WSL Birmensdorf
Flurysaal

Wed, 26.10.2022
09.00-12.00

Module 3: Open Access & Copyright

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-C24

Wed, 16.11.2022
13.00-16.00

PSI Villigen
PSI Education Center
Room OSGA/OG09

Wed, 02.11.2022
13.00-16.00

WSL Birmensdorf
Flurysaal

Wed, 26.10.2022
13.00-16.00

Module 4: Literature Management with EndNote

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-B15

Tue, 08.11.2022
9.00-12.30

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-B15

Fri, 18.11.2022
9.00-12.30

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-B15

Wed, 23.11.2022
9.00-12.30

Module 5: Getting Started with LaTeX

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-C24

Mon, 28.11.2022
9.00-16.00

Registration

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-C24

Wed, 30.11.2022
9.00-16.00

Registration

PSI Villigen
PSI Education Center
Room OSGA/OG08

Wed, 09.11.2022
9.00-16.00

Module 6: Work on Your Own Project

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-B81

Tue, 06.12.2022
9.00-12.00

Registration

PSI Villigen
PSI Education Center
Room OSGA/UG03

Thu, 01.12.2022
9.00-12.00

Registration

Module 7: Research Data Management – The Basics

Eawag-Empa Dübendorf
Forum Chriesbach
Room FC-C24

Thu, 08.12.2022
9.00-12.00

Registration

PSI Villigen
PSI Education Center
Room OSGA/OG08

Mon, 21.11.2022
9.00-12.00

WSL Birmensdorf
Flurysaal

Wed, 23.11.2022
9.00-12.00

Presentation Slides and Other Course Material

Available a couple of days prior to the corresponding sessions.

Module 1 – Searching Scientific Information
Basic Search
Topic Search

Module 2 – Scientific Publishing: From Writing to Sharing
Steps prior to writing a paper
Grammar and writing style
Tips on the publication process
Author identification, impact and visibility

Module 3 – Open Access & Copyright
Copyright & Creative Commons Licences
Open Access

Module 4 – Literature Management with Endnote
Lib4RI's Endnote course slides
• Lib4RI's Endnote quick guide
Lib4RI's Endnote-Mendeley-Zotero quick comparison
• Clarivate's Endnote documentation: EN X9 and EN 20
Clarivate's Endnote training website

Module 5 – Getting Started with LaTeX
Welcome
What is LaTeX?
LaTeX Basics
Figures, Tables, Formulae
Dealing with Errors
Citing with BibTeX

LaTeX installation guide and useful resources
Cheat sheets
Exercises

Module 7 – Research Data management: The Basics
RDM course slides (PSI)
RDM course slides (WSL)

RDM Data Management Plan (exercise)


Monthly Library Introductions for New Employees


Once a month, typically in the second week, we offer short library introductions (ca 30 min) for new employees of the four research institutes. Introductions are provided at our main library sites at WSL Birmensdorf, Eawag-Empa Dübendorf and PSI Villigen. They are held in English and/or German, as required. New employees receive an invitation via e-mail approximately one week prior to the event.


Training on Demand


  • We visit your group or department to discuss your topics of interest. Workshops could for example cover topics such as Open Access, DORA or literature management. For more training options please refer to our flyer Training on Demand.
  • We are happy to arrange customised training sessions at all locations of the federal research institutes.
  • Contact us for your training on demand.


 
TEL. +41 58 765 5700  info@lib4ri.ch 

Stephanie Hofmann

t +41 58 765 5032

Dr. Bobby Neuhold

t +41 58 765 5133