University of Texas at Austin
Libraries Home | Mobile | My Account | Renew Items | Sitemap | Help |
support us
University of Texas Libraries
Celebrating the Life

Copyright and Academic Work
Curious about what exactly fair use is? Have you ever wondered if you can use an image in your academic work? Not sure about the copyright restrictions on performing a piece of music? UT Librarian Emilie Algenio will give a presentation about copyright and will answer questions.

In Person: PCL 1.124

April 8                                  3-4pm

Taught by Emilie Algenio, Consortia Resources Coordinator at UT Libraries

RSVP encouraged, but not required

Inspiration & Research for Creative Writers
Come and see what library resources can do for your fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and any other genre. Whether you’re just getting started or finishing your manuscript, this workshop is for you. We’ll take a brief look at how creative writers use research for inspiration and fact checking, then we’ll introduce you to the exciting world of specialized reference sources and databases. We’ll also share strategies for finding writing handbooks and works by other writers. Bring your writing ideas and questions, too.

In Person: PCL 1.124

April 3                                   11-11:50am

Taught by Kristen Hogan (English Literature & Women’s & Gender Studies Librarian) & Allyssa Guzman (Senior Library Specialist in Research & Information Services)

RSVP encouraged, but not required


Public Speaking

According to some polls, a majority of Americans fear public speaking more than death. Projecting a confident presence when called upon to share your ideas in public can impact your success in school and life. This workshop leads you through the fundamentals of speech delivery, provides rehearsal tips and helps you create a personal plan to improve your speech delivery. Don't let fear hold you back from achieving excellence as a Longhorn. Make your own luck.

In person: PCL 1.124

March 31                                 5-6pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Michelle Jewell of the Sanger Learning Center


Using the Thesis/Dissertation Templates 

The Graduate School distributes a set of thesis and dissertation templates in Microsoft Word for Apple and Windows computers, which will help you format your paper according to current requirements. This workshop will help you learn to use the templates, and will cover such topics as the use of styles, correct page numbering, and table of contents generation.

In person: PCL 1.124

April 3                                     3-4:30pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

April 16                                    1-2:30pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Bob Penman of the Graduate School


Past Workshops (some workshops available by request):

Avoiding Plagiarism

Are you confused about what is and isn’t plagiarism? Do you wonder how to avoid it as a writer and researcher? This session covers mistakes that can lead to plagiarism, strategies for avoiding these mistakes, and practical techniques for using sources correctly. For undergraduates.

Available by Request

Presentation 2013 (.ppt) 
Paraphrasing and Quoting Handouts from the Undergraduate Writing Center
Recording 2014 (42:20)


Become an Advanced Google Searcher 

How does the Google search engine work? How do I focus my searches and get more relevant results? Learn the mechanics behind Google searches, along with advanced search tricks, and use this knowledge to become a savvier searcher.

Online Guide 
Recording 2013 (59:40)


Best Resources for Graduate Students

The Libraries offer an amazing collection of print and electronic resources for all disciplines taught at the University. Advanced academic resources and strategies relevant to attendees' interests will be highlighted.

Online Guide


Book Repair for Your Personal Collection

Dropped your favorite book in the bathtub?  New puppy grabbed your precious edition?  Wondering how best to store your comic book collection or irreplaceable family documents? Come learn the basics of caring for your personal collections, along with a few simple book repair techniques. Sample books and supplies will be provided for in-class instruction.

Handout (.pdf) 2011


Conducting a Literature Review in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Come to this class to learn how a literature review is structured, how to use background information to shape your research question, how to find examples of literature reviews, and to get a brief overview of the types of tools and resources available to find, evaluate and cite sources. For graduate students and research staff.

This session will focus on the social sciences, area studies and humanities.

Online Guide

Recording 2010 (54:00)


The Efficient Researcher

Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go have shifted how we access our favorite television programming, but what does that have to do with scholarly publishing? Come find out how you can set up one service to notify you of new research by specific authors, journal titles, or search terms in library databases. This class is particularly useful to graduate students and faculty.

Handout (.pdf) 2014



EndNote’s® publicity says, “Bibliographies made easy!” This introductory class covers some of our tricks for using this product with library databases such as Web of Science. We’ll also touch upon our other databases, indexes and the Library Catalog.

Available by request

Individual instruction/consultation available

Handout x6 2013 (.pdf) Handout x7 2013 (.pdf)


Find Articles

Learn how to find articles on any research topic using the databases and electronic journals available to the campus community.  This introductory class is geared toward new library users.

Online Guide


Find Books and Media

Learn how to find books, e-books, DVDs, CDs, journals and more. We will cover how to use the Library Catalog, e-books, GoogleBooks and WorldCat.

Online Guide


Find Funding 

Learn how to find grants, scholarships, and other funding sources. This class focuses on using online sources, including funding databases, and government agency, foundation, and society web sites. You will also learn how to set up a personalized alerting service to find out about new opportunities as they arise. This class is especially useful for graduate students and faculty.

Handout 1 (.pdf) Handout 2 (.pdf) Handout 3 (.doc) 2014


Find Images

Learn how to find images on any topic, with a focus on specialized image databases available to the campus community.

Online Guide


From Evidence to Argument

Trying to write an argument?  Come with your own project and learn to identify your claims and assumptions, then find and interpret evidence to support those claims. Taught in conjunction with Undergraduate Writing Center staff. For undergraduates only.

Online Guide


Google Books and Google Scholar

Learn how to use these two specialized Google searches in conjunction with library resources for research and discovery.

Online Guide


Google Drive

Learn how to use Google Drive to share and collaboratively create documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations online.

Online Guide

Recording 2013 (38:54)


Introduction to the UT Libraries

Learn about the libraries on campus, and the services and research resources available to you.  This class, designed for new users of the UT Libraries, includes a brief introduction to the Library Catalog and article databases.

Online Guide


Lights… Camera… Longhorns! Creating videos for your student organization with iMovie
Get your group on the web with iMovie! This workshop, specially designed for student organizations, will teach you to import and edit video footage, add a soundtrack and titles, and upload to the web. Even if you have no experience of working with video, iMovie will help you produce professional-looking content with speed and ease.

Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries


Online Identity Management

Have you Googled yourself lately?  Learn tips and tricks to present yourself in the best light online, and use online social networks to your advantage.  This class includes online identity dos and don’ts for sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as general tips for managing personal information on the Web.

Online Guide

Recording 2012 (37:52)


Podcasting with Audacity

Get on the air with Audacity, a simple recording and editing program favored by a global community of podcasters. In this workshop you will learn how to record directly from an external device, import audio files, edit recordings and export your podcast as a broadcast-ready MP3. You’ll also learn a few other tricks of the trade, such as how to combine audio samples, improve sound quality and apply effects.
Participants are not required to bring their own materials but may bring their own audio files or recording devices.

Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries

Handout (.pdf) 2015



Poster Design Workshop

The workshop emphasizes poster design principles; appropriate sections for a research poster; presenting your poster; understanding your audience; and evaluating a poster. This workshop or its equivalent in your program is required for all students presenting at the Longhorn Research Bazaar duringResearch Week.

Taught by Robert Reichle of the Office of Undergraduate Research


RSVP - limited to 14 attendees


Say it with Infographics

Pictures are worth 1,000 words and in this class we will survey ideas, tools, and resources for creating your own charts, graphs and visualizations to display information in a meaningful and less textual way. This class will introduce attendees to basic concepts of data visualization.        

Online Guide


Time Management for Researchers

Scholarship on graduate student and faculty success strongly suggests that academics who publish on a regular basis don’t necessarily work more than anyone else, but use their time strategically. This two-hour workshop will provide a quick overview of the research on scholarly writing and its relationship to time management and procrastination. The final third of the workshop will concern apps, programs, and practical strategies for managing the writing process effectively.

Alerting Services Guide 

Alerting Services handout (.pdf)

Workshop Slides


Taught by Trish Roberts-Miller of the University Writing Center


Writing Writing Assignments

Intended for graduate student instructors and faculty, this workshop will discuss four aspects of writing effective writing assignments: the major genres of undergraduate writing; the relationship (and sometimes disconnect) between those genres and course goals; methods of stair-stepping short writing assignments to lead to larger ones; and genres of writing assignment prompts. Drawing from research, our own experience as writing teachers, and our work with students in the University Writing Center, we will share general advice and offer specific models.


Taught by the University Writing Center staff


Zotero - Managing Citations

Learn how to use this free, web-based tool to collect, manage, and cite your sources. Each course will introduce the basics of Zotero and move into more advanced concepts to be selected by attendees.

Available by Request

Handout 2014 (.pdf)