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Dissertation & Thesis Retreat: Boot Camp and Writing Sessions

Spring 2021 Boot Camp Agenda

Session Name Session Description Day Time Speaker Important Links/Handouts Recording Link
Literature Reviews for Social Sciences

Are you interested in taking your literature review to another level?  Would you like to build your auxiliary research muscles to become a savvy scholar? Join us to learn the advanced and time-saving strategies and tools that are helpful to search, organize, and cite literature for a social science dissertation/thesis. This session is recommended for all social sciences majors, especially those working on an interdisciplinary topic.  

March 1st 5pm - 6pm Kyung Kim
(she/her/hers)
https://guides.lib.fsu.edu/lit_rev N/A
Introduction to Mendeley* Mendeley is a citation manager created to integrate seamlessly with Web of Science and ScienceDirect, though it works with other databases as well. Learn how to build a searchable database for your references, and then how to use the plug-in to cite as you write with the Mendeley Word plug-in. March 1st 6pm - 7pm Denise A. Wetzel (she/her/hers) https://guides.lib.fsu.edu/mendeleyguide  
Zotero for Research & Citation Management Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research and bibliographies. This workshop will guide participants through installation, basic organizational strategies, adding citations to your Zotero library, and using word processor plug-ins to quickly create bibliographies. March 2nd 5pm - 6pm Matt Hunter (he/him/his) https://guides.lib.fsu.edu/zotero N/A
Curating Your Online Scholarly Identity: ORCID for Early Career Researchers* The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) provides researchers with a unique identifier that distinguished them from other researchers and links their research outputs and activities to their ORCID record. Many systems used by publishers, funders, and institutions include ORCID integrations. Join us and learn how to create your ORCID iD and how your ORCID record can benefit you and your research. March 2nd 6:30pm - 7:30 pm Devin Soper (he/him) & Kelly Grove (she/her) Handout https://youtu.be/F4Mmr2vD6O4
Facing the Empty Page: Strategies to Get Started and Keep Going* During this session we will focus on the transition from research to writing and consider, from the writer's point of view, some of the obstacles you may face in making that transition. The aim is to get you thinking about your writing process, suggest approaches and exercises that will help you draft and revise text-rich sections of your dissertation, and demonstrate how the Reading-Writing Center can support you and your writing. March 3rd 6 pm - 7 pm Jude Marr (they, them, theirs) N/A  
Surviving the Dissertation: A Student Panel on the Dissertation Writing Process This panel brings together FSU dissertation scholars, representing different colleges and fields of study. Panelists will be asked questions along the line of what they wished knew about dissertation process from the beginning, and what they learned along the way. They will share tips and advice about writing your dissertation. March 3rd 7 pm - 8pm Tianhan Liu (she/her/hers), Molly Marotta (she/her/hers), & Lauren Bagdy (she/her/hers) N/A N/A
Literature Reviews for Arts & Humanities* Knowing how to conduct a literature review using effective search strategies is one of the core skills required for researchers across disciplines. This workshop is designed for students in Arts and Humanities disciplines to learn how to located and search relevant information from databases, journals, and books, track citation chains, keep current, and organize the references. March 4th 5 pm - 6 pm Rachel Duke (she/her/hers) & Hannah Menendez (she/her/hers) N/A https://youtu.be/pePyTPw_ggk
Literature Reviews for STEM* Knowing how to conduct a literature review using effective search strategies is one of the core skills required for researchers across disciplines. This workshop is designed for students in STEM disciplines to learn how to located and search relevant information from databases, journals, and books, track citation chains, keep current, and organize the references. March 4th 6 pm - 7 pm Kelly Grove (she/her) https://guides.lib.fsu.edu/STEMlitrev https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0ewOOMusMk
Formatting your Dissertation Manuscript* This session will explore the specific dissertation formatting requirements for FSU's manuscript clearance process, as well as where to find our additional resources. We will also demonstrate some of the easiest methods of achieving this formatting in Word.  March 5th 1 pm -1:50 pm Laura Minor (she/her/hers) https://gradschool.fsu.edu/academics-research/thesis-treatise-and-dissertation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl3KN0s-UNA
Stress and Time Management* The presentation will discuss stress management through the use of self-care strategies. Attendees will also learn how to develop their own time management strategies that aid in the dissertation writing process and with managing graduate school in general. March 5th 2 pm - 2:50 pm Patricia Monaghan (she/her/hers) Slides available by request https://youtu.be/hfYdSZMLeQ0
Sharing Event Get to know your fellow dissertation and thesis writers! Participants will meet and chat with other writers about their research, writing strategies, and motivation tactics. This sharing event consists of one-on-one and group discussions to promote your research and possibly find future collaborators or accountability buddies. Additionally, it is the first session of the spring 2021 writing retreat! March 5th 3 pm - 4:20 pm Everyone N/A N/A
Techniques to change your mindset Having trouble staying on-task with your dissertation or thesis? Concerned that you are not reaching your goals? It happens to us all! This session will help you create a research action plan to complete your writing. Additionally, this session discusses how to modify your research action plan when you face obstacles and strategies to maintain a positive mindset. March 5th 4:30 pm - 5 pm Ginny Smith (she/her/hers) N/A N/A

*These sessions will be recorded and recording link posted to this guide within 1 week of the Boot Camp.

Spring 2021 Virtual Writing Springboard

           Date                          Time              Librarian Moderated    Reading-Writing Center Moderated
March 8th 11 am - 2 pm Yes Yes
March 8th 4 pm - 7 pm Yes  
March 9th 11 am - 2 pm Yes Yes
March 9th 6 pm - 9 pm Yes Yes
March 10th 11 am - 2 pm Yes Yes
March 10th 2 pm - 5 pm Yes Yes
March 11th 11 am - 2 pm Yes  
March 11th 4 pm - 7 pm Yes Yes
March 12th 11 am - 2 pm Yes Yes
March 12th 2 pm - 5 pm Yes Yes
March 13th 11 am - 2 pm Yes Yes

Please note: times are still being confirmed, but will be set asap

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