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FAST START Workshop Series for Researchers New to OSU: Workshop descriptions

FAST START Workshops cover a range of topics to introduce OSU faculty and graduate students to research support resources.

Fall 2021 Workshops


Faculty and graduate students new to OSU often struggle to find the information and tools they need to launch their research projects and programs. This year the OSU Library will be offering the FAST START series of workshops intended to provide an introduction to research support here on campus. It is a great opportunity to learn “The Cowboy Way” and meet folks from across campus who can answer questions and connect you with resources.  Descriptions for workshop are listed below. Not all workshops will be offered each semester.

Workshops are offered over the course of two separate weeks in August, are one hour in length and may be taught online or in person. Participants will need to register separately for each workshop that they are interested in. Zoom links for virtual workshops will be provided with your confirmation email.

Workshop Descriptions

FAST START Workshops

Workshop Title Instructor Description
Introduction to OSU Carpentries Clarke Iakovakis & Kay Bjornen The Carpentries is a global, volunteer led organization whose mission is to introduce researchers to coding and computing. The Carpentries at OSU has been teaching regular workshops on such tools as Python, R, SQL, Git, OpenRefine and Unix Shell for more than five years. Workshops are free and taught for participants with no prior experience. In this introductory workshop we will describe the Carpentries Code of Conduct and teaching philosophy, provide examples of how the different tools are applied as well as changes made to instruction now that workshops are offered online. The OSU Carpentries community is active and growing. Come find out if how you can be a part of it and if it is a good fit for you or for your students.
Publishing Essentials: Selecting Journals, Avoiding Predatory Publishers, Understanding Open Access, and Exercising Your Rights as an Author Clarke Iakovakis

This course is intended for both new and experienced authors. It will cover a wide range of topics, including tools and methods for evaluating journal quality; defining and identifying "predatory" publishers; understanding open access journals; interpreting your publishing agreement; and exercising your rights to make your peer reviewed manuscripts openly available

Searching Engineering Databases Kevin Drees

This workshop will detail how to search Compendex, IEEE and SciFinder for engineering topics. This will include expanding a topic for a literature review, creating keyword alerts, and placing references in EndNote.

Technical Standards Kevin Drees Learn how to search and locate technical standards. Engineers and scientists rely on technical standards to provide definitions and explanations. What are standards? Where are they found? What is the role of a standards provider such as IHS Markit? In this workshop you will increase your subject knowledge of standards and answer the basics related to these technical documents.
Digital Tools for Humanities Research Megan Macken Expand your traditional Humanities or Social Sciences research using digital tools. This workshop will introduce you to methods, tools, and platforms for digital humanities and social science research. Topics covered may include visualizing digital archives data with Gale Digital Scholar Lab, text analysis with JSTOR's Constellate and the HathiTrust Research Center, and designing web-based digital projects. Please bring your ideas and questions. No prior experience with digital tools required!
Resources for Text and Data Mining Megan Macken Discover resources for mining the content of journals, digital archives, government documents, books, and social media. Topics covered will include locating content, dealing with roadblocks, and identifying tools for acquiring and analyzing data.
HPC at OSU Pratul Agarwal - This session will cover introduction to the High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources at OSU. There are several large Linux clusters (“Supercomputers”) available free of cost for academic research. These include “Pete”, “Cowboy”, the new GPU-enabled cluster “Bullet” and data storage. Additionally, “TIGER” resource provides virtualized instances in a cloud like environment. This session will cover a description of these resources, how to request accounts, and a list of software and HPC support resources available for research and educational computing.
Avoiding Research Misconduct Dawn Underwood -- Research is more than just developing a project and compiling data. Beginning with your literature review and ending with communicating your results, there are rules and guidelines to be sure that you are working ethically. Dawn Underwood is the Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance at Oklahoma State University. She will explain research misconduct and discuss topics such as authorship disputes, plagiarism (including self-plagiarism), image modification and the importance of careful record-keeping. Come hear about research integrity, how to work with the OSU Office of Research to avoid misconduct and how to anonymously report it if you have concerns.
Better Data Management Kay Bjornen -- Research data is a valuable resource. Careful management practices reduce mistakes, improve research reproducibility and facilitate publishing and sharing data. Better practices for different phases of the research data cycle will be discussed including planning for data collection, file management, data security, options for data storage during the project and long term storage of data for sharing after the project is complete. Planning for data management is also a critical part of developing a written data management plan, or DMP, for funding proposals. Please join us and learn these important skills in order to get your research project off to a great start.
Drilling Down on Data Management Plans Kay Bjornen -- Data Management Plans (DMPs) are an often overlooked tool for effectively planning how and where to store, describe and archive your research data so that it is secure and discoverable. Preparing a DMP in advance will assure that your next grant submission will be straightforward. In this workshop we will look at the components of a DMP required by federal funding agencies, use of to find templates for specific agencies and software and web-based tools that will make updating and modifying your DMP simple. Participants are encouraged to bring DMPs that they have used or are preparing for questions or group discussion.
Using Patents to Enhance Your Research Suzanne Reinman

Patents are primary source documents and can supplement the traditional literature searches in your disciplines. Patents have more detailed information about a technology than any other type of scientific or technical publication: they can be used to discover new areas of research, for ideas to improve existing research, or to see if a product has already been developed. Learn about patents as intellectual property, how to search patents and patent applications, and how to determine the Cooperative Patent Classification that corresponds to your research area.

Getting Started with EndNote Hui-Fen Chang EndNote is a useful and time-saving software program for managing bibliographies and references. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of using Endnote. Session will cover creating an EndNote library, adding references into your EndNote library, organizing and managing citations, and using EndNote with Microsoft Word to create in-text citations and bibliographies.
Information Literacy and Library Instruction Essentials Holly Reiter Teaching information literacy is the dual responsibility of faculty and librarians. In an ever-changing, fast-paced information environment, it is imperative that students learn effective skills for finding, accessing, evaluating, and using information sources. This workshop will introduce you to information literacy: what it is and why it is important. It will also share best practices for creating library research assignments and ways to collaborate with librarians to teach information literacy skills in your classes.
Introduction to ArcGIS Pro Kevin Dyke For many research projects across a variety of disciplines, visualizing spatial data is a frequent requirement. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used not only to create basic maps, but can uncover patterns and raise new questions about your data. In this session you will learn the basics of digital mapmaking and spatial analysis using Esri’s ArcGIS Pro software.
Copyright Essentials for Teaching Clarke Iakovakis This course will cover what you need to know in order to use materials in your teaching without committing copyright infringement. A wide range of topics will be covered, including e-book and article licensing terms; uploading, linking and embedding content in Canvas; a comparison of laws governing face-to-face and virtual teaching; streaming videos; and conducting fair use assessments.
Building Your Online Research Identity Clarke Iakovakis Learn about platforms for establishing your professional identity online, including an overview of the pros and cons of various online profile tools, alternative methods for disseminating your research findings, an analysis of research on sharing pre-prints, and the benefits of sharing other products of your scholarship such as data, conference slides, and posters.
IRB Question & Answer Dawnett Watkins Dawnett Watkins is the manager of the OSU Institutional Review Board (IRB). She will give a brief overview of the purpose of the IRB and describe what you can anticipate when you submit a project for review. The second half of the workshop will be available for asking questions about preparing your own projects for submission.
Getting Started with Experts Directory Clarke Iakovakis Experts Directory is the faculty research information management system, allowing you to review and add data to create your online profile at This session is intended to help you get started populating your Experts Directory profile, claim Scopus and ORCID identifiers, review and manage publications and grants, add your professional service, and more in your Experts Directory profile.