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September 2013

University Libraries - Back to school special

Digital Media Center

Research Center

Library research instruction

Upcoming workshops

Digital Media Center

(Sept. 24, 2013) Over the past several weeks, DU Digest has provided you with information about the many academic services and workshops offered by University Libraries in the Anderson Academic Commons. This final week, we are highlighting the Digital Media Center.

The Digital Media Center (DMC) in the Anderson Academic Commons is a self-service, post-production Mac lab that can assist students with utilizing high-end commercial software for audio mixing, video editing and more.

The iMac workstations in the DMC feature FinalCut Pro X and the entire Adobe Production Premium Suite, including but not limited to Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effect.

Trained staff members onsite provide assistance and training as needed.

Faculty, please consider bringing your class in to the DMC to kick off a multimedia project.

The Digital Media Center also has several online tutorials available to help students better understand how to use the hardware and software available in the DMC.

Research Center

(Sept. 17, 2013) The University Libraries Research Center answers research questions seven days a week by phone, email, in-person, chat/instant messaging or text.

  • One-on-one research consultations in the Anderson Academic Commons are also available on a drop-in basis or by appointment. Consultations help students at any stage of the research process, from refining a topic, to finding books and articles, to creating a bibliography with RefWorks, DU's Web-based bibliography manager.
  • The Research Center can also assist students with finding images, audio recordings and videos for course projects.
  • Ask a question or make an appointment at 303-871-2905 or Telephone and Skype consultations are also available by request for distance students.
  • Over 99 percent of the students who have visited the Research Center report they would recommend the Research Center to a friend or classmate. Last year reference librarians met with over 1,000 students, including both graduate students and undergraduate students.
  • In addition to letting your students know about the Research Center, you may want to include the Research Center contact information in your syllabus or build in an incentive for your students to use the Research Center.

Library research instruction

(Sept. 10, 2013) Library instruction is an important aspect of academic life at DU. Students who have the skills to find, sift through and evaluate information are more successful in their classes and will be more successful at lifelong learning after graduation.

  • The instructional programs of the library are designed to teach students about the research process and how to use the many available resources. Reference librarians will introduce your students to the resources and search strategies that are most appropriate for their assignments, topics and levels of expertise.
  • Most often, sessions combine demonstrations of electronic resources, discussions of search strategies and hands-on practice. Sessions can be scheduled in the library or a librarian can visit your class. For online classes, we can provide an online workshop through Adobe Connect or record a video tutorial. We are also happy to provide tours of the Academic Commons.
  • Last academic year, the reference librarians taught over 400 workshops to more than 7,000 students, faculty and staff.

To arrange for a library instruction session, please see our library instruction page or contact the Research Center.

Upcoming workshops

Manage your research with RefWorks – Sept. 27, noon-1 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons Herold Room

Participants will be introduced to the basic functions of RefWorks including setting up an account, exporting citations from research databases, creating folders, organizing citations and creating a bibliography or references list.

Registration required. This workshop will be repeated online on Oct. 8, 6-7 p.m. and in person on Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-noon.

The three Googles – Sept. 27, 2-3 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons Herold Room

Participants will learn how to use Google Web, Google Scholar and Google Book search to uncover primary materials, scholarly journal content and to search deep within books that the library owns.

Registration required. This workshop will be repeated online on Oct. 7, 6-7 p.m.

Grants – Oct. 4, 1-2 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons Herold Room

Looking for funding for a research project? Come learn about COS Funding Opportunities Pivot, a comprehensive online database graduate students and faculty can use to identify potential funding resources, such as grants from private foundations, corporations and public charities.

This workshop will cover strategies for searching the database, procedures for using alerting services and RSS feeds, and locating additional grant information on the Internet. Participants will also be introduced to various grant books available at the library.


Registration required. This workshop will be repeated online on Oct. 8, 5-6 p.m.

See all the workshops offered by University Libraries this fall.