Request a Workshop

Request a Workshop Workshops at the Library

SMU Libraries offers the Request a Workshop service to meet the needs of your class, writing group, department, or student organization. Schedule a convenient time and location that works for you by choosing from a list of possible topics or requesting a custom session.

 Request a Workshop guidelines:

  • Workshops must be requested at least two weeks prior to your desired workshop date.
  • Groups must have a minimum of four attendees. Groups of fewer than four are welcome to schedule a research consultation.
  • Workshops may be scheduled in the library or anywhere on campus, as well as online for virtual attendees.
  • The workshop request service is free and open to SMU departments, classes, and student organizations.


To request a workshop, contact your subject librarian or email Megan Heuer, Head of Information Literacy, at

Possible workshop topics include:

Research Savvy

Advanced Internet Research Leverage tools and strategies to get the most from your web searches.
Government Information Sources Learn how to locate government information to find demographic and economic statistics for the United States.
How to Read a Scholarly Article Navigate a scholarly article like a pro. Learn how to be more efficient in your research by using the strategies and tips provided in this workshop.
Library 6001: Graduate Research Essentials Get the basics of how to navigate library research and thrive as a grad student at SMU. Invest a little time now, and save a lot more later, during crunch times.
Library 6002: Searching Research Databases Advance your database searching techniques to the next level Learn how to use Boolean operators, phrase searching, truncation, and controlled vocabulary to get results.
Plagiarism 101 Learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it in this 30-minute overview.
Evaluating Survey Information Surveys are everywhere, and yet 75% of Americans think that polls are biased. In this workshop, we will practice distinguishing between good and bad survey information.
Finding Balanced News in a Biased World Learn strategies for verifying your news and discuss aspects of bias that you see in our media. Leave with resources that will help you find balanced news coverage.
Data Start to Finish What is Research Data Management and How Do I Begin? This workshop will give you an overview of RDM and the resources needed to get started.

Citation Styles and Management

Citation Basics: MLA, APA, Chicago 30-minute overviews for citation formatting and bibliography creation in APA, MLS, and Chicago/Turabian Styles.
RefWorks Basics In this hands-on workshop, learn how to setup and use RefWorks, a tool that manages citations and automates reference lists.
Zotero In this hands-on workshop, bring your laptop to begin using Zotero, a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources

Managing, Presenting and Publishing your Research

Know Your Author's Rights Learn what questions to ask and how to negotiate with publishers when completing your publication agreements. Discover what you need to know when posting your articles in online repositories. This workshop will help authors navigate the scholarly communication landscape.
Getting Ready to Publish Sometimes finding the right place to publish, beyond the regular journals that one has access to, can be difficult. This session will recommend sources that can be used to select the most appropriate journals to publish in and will arm attendees with information that is important to know to enhance their knowledge of the current scholarly publication landscape.
Library 6003: Research Writing Tips for MS Word Frustrated with formatting? Stymied by styles? Begin your journey to becoming a Word Wizard. Inserting simple citations can be simple.
Copyright for Instructors Covers copyright provisions that allow instructors to use copyrighted works within course instruction, including fair use, obtaining licensing and permissions, library and online resources, and interlibrary loan. Q & A to follow.
Easy-to-Use Design Apps for Presentations We introduce tools to tell stories, demonstrate data, design graphics, and engage your audience. Workshop: Build A Digital Collection Learn how to create a searchable digital collection of documents, photographs, and multimedia using the freely available software. Concepts covered include a digital collections overview, digital file formats, metadata records, collection administration and customization, and digital exhibits.


Introduction to GIS with ArcGIS Online This introductory workshop will introduce GIS: what it is, who uses it, and why, through a hands-on exploration of ArcGIS Online, the industry standard, web-based mapping tool. Students will learn to create and share GIS maps, and start to work with basic spatial data analysis.