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 billjac@miami.edu.

Topics available include, but are not limited to:

Starting the Research Process

Citation Management Tools

Research Tools and Methods

Sharing Your Work

Digital Humanities

The Demystifying Digital Humanities workshops provide an orientation to help you

  • decide whether digital tools & methods might advance your research
  • develop a plan to learn the specific skills you need
  • become more fluent at discussing issues related to digital scholarship

Note: No prior experience necessary. While the first workshop could stand alone, the two data wrangling workshops will be much more effective if taken together.

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.


What are the Digital Humanities and why should I care?
This workshop will introduce participants to the values and practices associated with Digital Humanities that shape various types of DH projects including knowledge sites, digital editions, datamining, GIS, 3D modelling. We’ll look at the critical choices behind several projects and explore the criteria for evaluating them in academic and public contexts.


Data Wrangling I: Exploring Programming in the Digital Humanities
Everyone has data — even people working in the humanities — and that data can take many different forms. This workshop is designed to help you figure out what sort of data you have, and what sorts of tools it is compatible with. We’ll look at the different types of tasks that several DH tools and programming languages can accomplish. Knowing what sort of data you have (or could create) will allow you to figure out what DH tools you might need to learn more about for your research.


Data Wrangling II: Programming on the Whiteboard
This course builds on the previous workshop. Understanding what sort of data you have is the first step, but the second step is being able to articulate your research question(s) in the form of specific computing tasks. This practice is called writing pseudo-code. We’ll also continue learning more about the different ways that programming is used in DH projects. The goal of the Data Wrangling workshops is not to teach you to program, but instead to allow you to more effectively plan technical development, and prepare you to have more productive discussions with more skilled programmers and technologists.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops include:

What are the digital humanities and why should I care?

Data Wrangling I

Data Wrangling II.

GIS workshops are on a first come, first served basis with up to 12 attendees.

January 29, 2016      02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
February 12, 2016     02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
February 26, 2016     02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
March 11, 2016        02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
March 26, 2016        02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
April 8, 2016            02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
April 22, 2016          02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Please see the GIS Subjects Plus guide to see which class will be offered on each day or contact Abraham Kaleo Parrish for more details on GIS workshops including scheduling.