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Know Your Resources: the Basic Step

Regardless of where you are from or where you are on your educational pathway, starting a graduate program can be a daunting prospect. The objective of the Basic Step is to help provide you with a solid foundation for your success as a graduate student.

There are many facets to this step, ranging from introducing graduate students to their rights and responsibilities and advice on working with their advisor, through introducing international students to the delights of Winnipeg, to beginning the process of career planning and determining what graduate students want to do post-graduation.

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1.5 hours
EndNote is a full-featured reference management program that can be purchased from the bookstore. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to EndNote. Learn how to automatically add references from databases, import and export references manually and use the online search feature in EndNote. Find out how to configure EndNote to use the EndNote Find Full Text feature.

EndNote: Beyond the Basics
1.5 hours
This workshop assumes that registrants know how to use basic functions in the desktop version of EndNote and are using it regularly. The workshop covers more advanced features, including: Working with PDFs (watched folders, annotations); Working with references (reference updates, global editing, using smart groups); Working with journal term lists; Managing figures; Syncing your desktop library with your online account and sharing your library; and Working with Output styles (making minor modifications, installing new styles).

Financial Aid
1 hour
Financial Aid and Award Opportunities
A specific review of financial aid and award opportunities for graduate students. Presentation will include a demonstration of the searchable award database and provide a listing of potential sources of income while completing graduate school.

Intercultural Communication
1 hour
Academic Learning Centre
This workshop will discuss approaches to help navigate the cultural landscape and communication challenges within the classroom. We will discuss culture and explore its role in the student/instructor relationship, the educational context, and our linguistic interpretations. Participants will begin to develop a toolkit toward communication strategies designed to promote student success in the intercultural classroom.

International Student Success
1 hour
International Centre
The International Centre for Students (ICS) provides a variety of services, supports, programs, and opportunities for international students. Learn about what ICS has to offer, as well as some transition tools to guide and support you through your adjustment to the U of M and Canadian context. This workshop is open to International students only.

Keeping Current, Keeping Alert
1 hour
Learn strategies to keep up with new and relevant research. Learn how to use Google Alert, saved searches in various research databases, citation alerts to monitor your citations, Journal Table of Contents alerts and BrowZine to find journals and read articles on your iPad or tablet.

Library Essentials
1 hour
This session will highlight library tools and services that every graduate student should know. Learn about Dissertation Abstracts, document delivery, configuring Google Scholar to access library resources, the Libraries proxy bookmarklet and more.

Maximizing Your Research Identity and Impact
1 hour

Find out about various networking and academic profile websites such as ResearchGate, Mendeley, ResearcherID, and Google Scholar Profiles. Learn about author identification systems such as ORCID and how it links with some of the systems.

1.5 hour
Do you struggle with organizing your pdfs? In this session you will learn how you can use this free, easy to use program to quickly organize all your PDF articles, generate bibliographies in a variety of citation styles and cite while you write.

Tips on Completing a Graduate Scholarship Application
1 hour
Graduate Studies Awards
This session focuses on the common mistakes made when completing a scholarship application, and will differentiate between a strong vs a weak application for Master’s and PhD scholarships. Students will receive an overview on how they should calculate their GPA when considering eligibility for awards.

Understanding Your Rights as a Graduate Student
1.5 hours
Human Rights and Advisory Services/Student Advocacy
Ideally, the graduate student experience is a time for intellectual and personal growth and interpersonal exchanges that are civil and collegial. To that end, the University supports a learning and workplace environment that is respectful. Unfortunately, issues and conflicts can arise and as a graduate student, it is important to know what your rights and responsibilities. In this interactive session using real life scenarios, students will have an opportunity to discuss what is a respectful learning and workplace environment, the complaints process, where to go for advice, and other practical tips on problem solving.

Working with your Advisor
1 hour
Student Counselling Centre
This session will focus on the myths and realities of the graduate student/advisor relationship and what you can do to help establish and maintain a positive relationship. Particular strategies will be shared, including information about your rights and responsibilities as a graduate student.

1.5 hours
Are you requiring citation management software? Looking for a RefWorks alternative? Zotero is a free, open source reference management software that can be used to gather, organize and manage sources and share research. This workshop will cover the essential components for effectively using Zotero.

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Know Your Resources: the Basic Step
Personal Management: the Healthy Step
Data Management: the Research Step
Writing and Speaking: the Communication Step
Planning with Intention: the Career Step
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The topics are covered and explained well. I learned everything I wanted to know.
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– Mendeley