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Library Offers “Copyright in the Classroom” Workshop

Instructors can enhance their teaching by using copyrighted material including films/videos, art, publications, charts and graphs and more. U.S. Copyright Law, including the TEACH Act, guides classroom use including provision for Fair Use. Join us as we review the basic parameters of the legal use of copyrighted materials and familiarize you with the services available from the library when you need them.

This librarian-led workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. in room 242 of the library. No registration is necessary. For questions, please contact Nora Allred at nsallred@mtu.edu or 7-3208.

“Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation,” an Upcoming Library Workshop

Who owns the copyright to my dissertation?  When using an image from another work, do I need copyright permission? If I do, how much does it cost?  What are the benefits of making my thesis open access? Get the answers to these and other questions at the library workshop, Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation.

This workshop will examine the role U.S. Copyright Law plays in the thesis or dissertation writing and publishing processes. The use of copyrighted material, publishing agreements and the role of the Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech repository will be explored.  

Please join us on Tuesday, October 6 at 1:00p.m. in room 242 of the library. No registration is required. For questions, please contact Nora Allred at nsallred@mtu.edu or 487-3208.

Van Pelt and Opie Library Presents Citation Searching Workshop

Discover where and how many times a work has been cited. This librarian-led workshop will cover how to search for citing publications using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. We will also touch on how to estimate impact factor.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 29th at 1:00pm in room 242 of the library. No registration is required. For questions contact Nora Allred at nsallred@mtu.edu or 7-3208.

Google Power Users Workshop

Image courtesy of MoneyBlogNewz, 2010
Image courtesy of MoneyBlogNewz, 2010


Google is a powerful search engine, but finding the most relevant information can be a challenge. Focusing on Google, Google Scholar, and Google Books, this librarian-led workshop will explore more complex searching techniques and special features that will turn you into a Google Power User.
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Library 244
Registration is not required. Visit the library’s Workshops page for more information about this and other upcoming workshops.
For questions, contact Erin Matas at ematas@mtu.edu or 7-2419.

EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt & Opie Library


Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

Sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 22 in Library 242:

1:00-2:15 p.m. EndNote Basic

This workshop will introduce users to creating and managing references using EndNote. No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create an EndNote Library, add and annotate full-text documents and create custom and smart groups.

2:15-3:00 p.m. EndNote Cite While You Write

Learn to incorporate your EndNote Library citations into a written MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended.

Additional sessions will be offered on September 30th and October 22nd, with EndNote Basic from 5:00-6:15 p.m. and EndNote Cite While You Write from 6:15-7:00 p.m. All EndNote sessions will take place in Library 242.

Michigan Tech licenses EndNote at no charge to all active students, faculty and staff. Additionally, a free version of EndNote is available for use post-graduation. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you!

Our instruction room has EN X7.4 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EN X7.4 downloaded prior to the session.

Visit the library’s Workshops page for more information about these and other upcoming workshops. Registration is not required to attend! For questions, contact Erin Matas at ematas@mtu.edu or 7-2419.


November patent and citation workshops

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering three workshops in November.

Basic Patent Searching 
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
This workshop will cover basic patent searching in the USPTO website database using the recommended “Seven Step Strategy.” We will discuss why keyword searching of patents must be supplemented with a classification search; how to identify relevant patent classes and search within them; and how to cross-reference related classes.
Click here to register.

Advanced Patent Searching 
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
This workshop will cover other database options aside from the USPTO website to search for patents, including patents issued in countries other than the US. We will explore Espacenet, PatentScope and Google Patents; and discuss some advanced searching strategies.
Click here to register.

Citation Searching for Faculty and Graduate Students 
Thursday, Nov. 14, 12-1 p.m.
This workshop will demonstrate finding articles that cite your articles in a variety of databases that the library offers. We will also discuss methods of estimating impact factor.
Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Lucchesi at slucches@mtu.edu or 7-3379.

New Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite faculty and graduate students to attend a module, consisting of three one-hour sequential workshops, Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction.

Instruction & Learning Librarian Sarah Lucchesi is delivering the module through the CTL’s University Teaching and Learning (UTL) Seminars program.  In this module, using the framework of Michigan Tech’s information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6), we will explore the library’s information resources, digital tools for keeping current in a field of study, and assignment elements that allow students to practice information literacy skills.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this three workshop series, or as a part of the complete UTL Course Design program.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Monday November 4th, 11th, and 18th from 11:00am-12:00pm in Library 242.  Please register by 12:00pm Friday November 1st.  If you have any questions, please contact instrlib@mtu.edu.