UM Libraries offer workshops at regularly scheduled times and on request. To schedule a workshop please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Jacobs at

Topics available include, but are not limited to:

Starting the Research Process

Citation Management Tools

Research Tools and Methods

Sharing Your Work

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask. We are interested in expanding our offerings to meet your needs!

More workshops are available at the Writing Center and Academic Resource Center.

A Guide to Digital Storage Solutions
Explore cloud-based file syncing, sharing, and collaboration services. Outlook 365 and Box Services will be demonstrated along with the upcoming Google Drive offering. Each product demo will include a discussion about when to use which service.

Developing Your Research Question
Are you beginning a research paper or project? This interactive workshop will provide you with strategies to connect your own interests to a topic, formulate possible research questions, narrow and broaden your topic, and more.

Introduction to Personal Digital Archiving
In this interactive introductory workshop on personal digital archiving, you will learn strategies for effectively and efficiently managing your digital assets. The workshop will cover basic personal digital archiving principles, good file naming practices, and strategies for long-term digital preservation of your personal digital files.

Literature Searching in the subject area of your choice
Learn how to efficiently navigate the terrain of our specialized electronic databases, utilize subject guides to their fullest, and understand how your librarian can help lead the way.

Managing your copyrights: Retain the rights important to you
As scholars and researchers, we all create work in which we hold the copyright. When we publish that work, we often are asked to assign that copyright to the publisher. In some cases, this may mean you may lose the right to reuse your work or to make it available to colleagues or on the web. In this workshop, you will learn what rights you hold, how to read copyright transfer and license agreements, and how to approach retaining the rights most important to you.

Managing Your Research with EndNote
A researcher’s guide to staying organized and working efficiently. We will discuss how to establish your information flow, create bibliographies with ease, and share your research with your colleagues.

Managing Your Research with RefWorks
RefWorks is an easy-to-use service that will enable you to import, organize and format citations and create bibliographies with the click of a mouse. This session will teach you how.

Presentation Tools and Basic Skills
Learn about presentation tools like PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, and Google Slides. This workshop covers the advantages and disadvantages of each of these tolls so you can best decide which one is right for your project. The workshop will also touch upon some basic design skills to improve the look of your presentations.

Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 1
This workshop is intended to get you started using ArcGIS software. Upon completion of this workshop, you should be able to understand the interface, project and file structure as well as manage and add GIS data to your GIS and perform basic visualization. Topics covered include software interface arrangement and customization, basic tool & data search, accessing data, navigating, managing data in ArcCatalog, opening data sets and exploring its properties, vector and raster data types, projections, rendering & symbolization, labeling, basic attribute queries, and data management best practices.

Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 2
This workshop is intended to improve your ability to transform various forms of data into geospatial formats, edit and subset existing GIS data, create your own geospatial data, and perform various other data massaging techniques and analysis. Topics covered include adding/calculating new fields, advanced attribute queries, location queries, buffers, data format conversion, spatial joins, georeferencing, geocoding, Digital Elevation Models, creating/editing feature data, basic cartography and output formats.

Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 3
This workshop is intended to build your skills utilizing geodatabases, improve your geoprocessing efficiency, and improve your ability to create, manage, process, and analyze and share larger and more complex data sets. Topics covered include geoprocessing, utilizing model builder, raster calculator, geodatabase management and domains, exploring extensions, importing GPS data, publishing to ArcGIS Online, understanding /creating metadata, and working with 3D and temporal data.

Spacial Analysis Special Topics
A rotating menu of specialty applications in geospatial data analysis such as: Cartography, Analyzing Demographic Data, Working with Raster Data, Finding Spatial Patterns, etc.

Working with Primary Sources: an Overview of the Cuban Heritage Collection and/or Special Collections
Come to the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) for a hands-on, interactive workshop focusing on using primary source materials drawn from the CHC’s archival and print collections. AND/OR learn about the rich resources available to seasoned researchers and amateur history detectives at the UM Special Collections.

Working with Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
How to prepare your electronic thesis or dissertation for submission and institutional archiving. Learn about the process, review deadlines, and get tech savvy tips to ensure success.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops are on a first come, first served basis with up to 12 attendees. Please contact Abraham Kaleo Parrish for more details.

GIS workshops for Fall 2015 at the GIS Lab

  • Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 1
    Friday Oct. 30, 2015
    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 1
    Friday Nov. 6, 2015
    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 1
    Friday Nov. 13, 2015
    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 1
    Friday Nov. 20, 2015
    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 2
    Friday Dec. 4, 2015
    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    (It is recommended you take Part 1 before attending this workshop)
  • Spacial Analysis Skills with ArcGIS Software Part 3
    Friday Dec. 11, 2015
    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    It is recommended you take Part 2 before attending this workshop)
  • Analyzing Demographic Data Using ArcGIS Software
    Friday Dec. 18, 2015
    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM