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Summer Workshops : Research Management


From cleaning up your desktop to advanced citation management, learn some key ways to organize your research life. Discover models for great research workflows with guidance from Penn graduate students and faculty.

Desktop Cleaning: Order in Chaotic Times

Current events have made focusing on work tasks harder than usual, but there are still productive things to be done even with less deep thinking. Organizing your digital files is one such activity that has the added benefit of giving you order in these stressfully uncertain times.

This video shows Scholarly Communication & Data Curation Librarian Margaret Janz cleaning her desktop in real time, while offer tips about how to clean your own desktop or other files.

View the video through Library Lounge.

Planning for Collecting Data

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join us to think about what aspects of data collection and management you'll want to consider when starting a new project. We'll talk about how having a plan for how to collect, organize, and store your data can help you avoid common pitfalls.

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Mind Mapping, Visual Thinking

Friday, June 12 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Start your summer off by getting organized with mind mapping! The Mind Mapping Workshop demonstrates how the use of visual concept maps can help creatively organize:

  • Meeting minutes
  • Classification / hierarchies  
  • Brainstorming projects
  • Rewriting notes
  • Thesis focus
  • Research processes
  • Vacation planning
  • Time management
  • And many, many more ideas


Techniques and Tools for Research Management

Friday, June 19  |  1:00pm - 2:00pm

This workshop will explore best practices, great tools, and advanced techniques to collect, organize, and cite your sources. Targeted at people engaging in larger research projects (thesis, dissertation, book/article writers; research assistants), this virtual workshop will help you wrangle your research materials.


Fast Full Text

Wednesday, June 24 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Simplify your workflow, especially for those working remotely.  We'll explore a range of tools that you can use to connect to the full text of articles so you can select the ones that work best for you.  PennText, Penn Proxy Bookmarklet, Lean Library, LibKey Nomad, the Google Scholar Button, and GlobalProtect VPN.  


Intro to DevonThink for Research Organization

Getting the Most out of Mendeley: Organize and Cite

Monday, June 29  |  2:00pm - 3:00pm

Mendeley Desk Top reference manager provides an easy way to organize your pdfs and references as you are collecting them. You will learn about:

  • Managing your own library on your desk top with a web-site sync
  • creating a workspace that you can share with others through several group options. 
  • Incorporating intext citations, footnotes, and bibliography through Mendeley's integration with MS Word

If you are already using Mendeley and have existing questions, please feel free to send them in advance to 

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Advanced Citation Management with Zotero

Wednesday, July 8  |  1:00pm - 2:00pm

Are you looking to get more from Zotero? Come to our workshop to unlock features, import more confidently, and use tagging, collections, notes, and plug-ins to improve your research workflow.



Wednesday, July 1  | Intro Session 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Advanced 2:00-3:00pm
Wednesday, July 29  | Intro Session 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Advanced 2:00-3:00pm

LabArchives will provide the Penn community free online training sessions to help with your use of its electronic research notebook system. A professional LabArchives trainer will provide orientations and answer questions.

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