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Try our new mobile friendly research subject guides when doing library research from your iphone or ipad. They are very easy to navigate and will quickly get you going in the right direction when looking for those key resources.



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Faculty are invited to join Carleton librarians Pat Moore and Julie Lavigne on September 29th, 2015 at 10 a.m. to learn about Open Access Publishing.

This event will provide a general introduction to the Open Access (OA) publishing model and the various issues and management considerations related to the model, including Carleton University support for Open Access. The event will take place in Room 4110, Human Computer Interaction Building.


Matthew Holahan (Neuroscience)
Maria DeRosa (Chemistry)
Pat Morin (Comp Sci)
Peter Thompson (Canadian Studies)

For more information and to sign up, please visit the Carleton Scholar website.

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NVivo Training Workshops

NVivo is a software package that helps with qualitative data analysis. The library offers NVivo workshops to the Carleton community either for individuals, small groups or classes.

NVivo can help you keep your project or thesis research organized and has the ability to import a wide variety of data types such as text, audio, video and social media,

Learn how to code and integrate demographic data attributes into your project with ease. NVivo won’t do the intellectual work of deciding what your data means, but it can help you to identify themes and see patterns that may make it easier for you to discover those meanings.

Here is the Fall 2015/Winter 2015 workshop schedule for introductory NVivo training (on both Windows and Mac).

If you are an instructor, contact nvivo@library.carleton.ca to arrange a workshop for your class.  Visit the NVivo web page to learn more about the software.

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There are many free citation management tools available and the library provides support in the use of some of them:

All of the above provide the same basic functions such as:

  • ability to collect, save, organize your references and pdf documents
  • ability to search your own collection and add notes
  • ability to create bibliographies in different citation styles such as APA, MLA…
  • ability to work with Word so you can write, include citations, and produce your final bibliography
  • ability to share/collaborate

This feature comparison chart prepared by Western University Libraries compares Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote and  can be helpful in deciding which one might best serve your needs.

Please feel free to contact us at citation@library.carleton.ca if you have questions or would like a demonstration of any of the above tools. You can also plan to attend a general workshop: Schedule of  Fall/Winter 2015/2016  Workshops in Citation Management

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Using Wikipedia wisely

Do you use Wikipedia? Of course you do, we all do! But do you use it wisely? Here’s a short YouTube video explaining how to make the best use of Wikipedia. It is meant to show you how to use it, not as a final source, but as a stepping stone to further research.

View “Using Wikipedia wisely” here.


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Do you want some practical advice on how and where to publish your first journal article as a geography graduate student? This journal article highlights the ‘paper chase’ and discusses the importance of publishing.

It suggests venues on where to publish, with whom, and provides advice on how to negotiate the publishing process with regard to your peers, supervisors and editors.

It also looks at the effective use of library resources and demystifies the significance of impact factors and the nuances of Open Access publishing.

If you are a budding geographer, read more here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2012.729815

Source: Patricia Ballamingie and Susan Tudin, “Publishing graduate student research in geography: the fundamentals”, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Vol. 37, Issues, 2, 2013




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Calling all Grads…plan to attend a workshop on ‘Conducting Literature Reviews’ in February. It will address the elusive and sometimes frustrating literature review, it’s purpose, and how it fits into the context of academic research.

Students will learn about general resources for conducting literature reviews and the tools the library has to offer to get prepared, stay organized, and write a good literature review in various disciplines.

Date: February 12, 2014

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Place: Seminar Room 252, Library

To register for this workshop, click here.

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