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Advance Your Research



James Branch Cabell Library, Room 205
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284


A day of drop-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers, designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter. Stay all day or just for the sessions that interest you.

The event is free and open to all, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For more information, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.


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10 a.m. The Secret Life of Citations 
Kelsey CheshireJulie Arendt and John Glover
Understand what citations can do beyond their intended purposes as acknowledgements and referrals within papers. 

11 a.m. Your Secret Weapon: People Power
Janet Reid and John Glover 
Meet VCU experts who know what you need to succeed. 

Noon Graduate Student Survival Panel
Learn survival skills from knowledgeable graduate students in this interactive session.

12:30 p.m. Lunch with Your Librarian
Enjoy lunch and informal conversations with other grad students and with library colleagues.

1 p.m. Searching for Global Information and Resources
Sergio Chaparro
Discover important global information resources to improve your research and scholarship.

1:30 p.m. To Believe or Not to Believe Research
Hillary Miller and Erica Brody
Find answers to this common question “I want to cite this source, but should I trust it?” by mastering techniques to critically evaluate research literature.

2 p.m. Tip Jar
Kelsey Cheshire
Hear 30 crowdsourced tips for research success in 30 minutes in this fast-paced session. 

2:30 p.m. Seeking the Elusive School / Life Balance
Nia Rodgers and Dana Ladd
Discover services and resources that the libraries and the campus offer to help you manage your present and future when you’re feeling stressed about life.

Image: Advance Your Research, by Jeff Bland


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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