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Advance Your Research



James Branch Cabell Library, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room (Room 250)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284


This day of drop-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers will help you read scholarly texts and media, find grant funding, explore fair use of images and use Google and grey literature to make your research process better, faster and smarter. 

The event is free and open to all, but please register if you plan to join us for lunch. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to March 25.


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Schedule of Workshops

10:15 a.m. Check-in
Enjoy a light breakfast, and network.
10:30 a.m. Read for Research
Marilyn Scott and Nell Chenault
Scholarly research depends upon the work of others expressed in scholarly texts and in media. Learn tricks and tips for reading and using these materials efficiently.
11:30 a.m. Google for Researchers
John Glover
Do you Google? The most popular search engine works for research too. Learn to use Google to find scholarship, locate files, search websites effectively and keep track of current information.
12 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Research Speed Networking
Martha Roseberry
Practice your elevator speech and networking skills while learning what others are doing during this research version of speed dating.
1:15 p.m. Find the Money
Bettina Peacemaker and Julie Arendt
Thousands of organizations distribute millions of dollars in grants each year. Learn how to use Pivot and the Foundation Directory to save time and find the right funders for your organization, program or project.
2:30 p.m. Uncover Grey Literature
Nita Bryant
Grey literature is essential to research and practice in prevention, treatment and policy domains but is often missed with traditional search strategies and tools. Learn the when, how and where to search for credible grey literature sources.
3 p.m. Fair or Foul? Fair Use of Images
Nell Chenault
Is my image use Fair Use? Learn best practices for managing and using images in the classroom, when presenting and in research publications.
3:30 p.m. Show and Tell and Ask!
Martha Roseberry
End the day by sharing your own research tips, demonstrating a tool you find useful or explaining how you'll apply what you've learned today. Having a research problem? Use this time to ask the audience for advice.

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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