Kick start your academic success with the Libraries’ fall workshop series

Fall workshop series offers tips and tools for scholarly success

The Miami University Libraries have teamed up with the Rinella Learning Center and are here to support your scholarly pursuits with a series of nine workshops covering a wide range of topics from citing sources and navigating copyright law to mobile apps and 3D printing.

The series kicks off with “Apps for Academic Success” on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and runs through Oct. 10, when it concludes with “Present like a Pro.” Pre-registration is available through the Rinella Learning Center, but please feel free to drop by!

The full schedule follows:

Apps for Academic Success
Wednesday, Aug. 29 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)
Learn about the best apps that support success for college students in this interactive workshop. Bring your mobile device!

3D Printing
Wednesday, Sept. 5 – 5-6 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library (Laws 116)
Learn about the Libraries’ 3D printers in this popular workshop. This session will benefit you if you’re interested in designing and printing your own 3D project.

Can I Use That? Copyright and Fair Use Basics
Tuesday, Sept. 11 – 4-5 p.m.
King AIS (134)
Fair Use and copyright laws for images and sounds can be complicated. Have you ever wondered if you can use an image in your academic work? Or how much of a song you can use in a video you’re creating? Are you unsure of whether free videos on YouTube are copyrighted? Join us to hear about these issues and get answers to your own questions in this hour-long session.

Ace Assignments with Active Reading
Wednesday, Sept. 12 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)
Overwhelmed by the amount of reading required for your classes? In this workshop, we’ll identify your personal roadblocks to reading efficiency, learn strategies for improving reading speed and comprehension, and acquire information about active reading methods.

Know your News
Wednesday, Sept. 19 – 4-5 p.m.
King AIS (134)
Are you unsure if the news you’re reading on social media is real or fake? Do you wonder where to turn for reliable reporting? If that sounds like you, please join us for the Libraries’ “Know Your News” workshop.

How Not to Cheat
Wednesday, Sept. 26 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)
Are you terrified of accidentally plagiarizing parts of your research paper? Do you wonder if you’re citing correctly or citing enough? Put your mind at ease with “How Not to Cheat,” where we’ll cover how to properly cite sources and avoid plagiarism.

Citing in APA Style
Monday, Oct. 1 – 5-6 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library (Laws 116)
New to using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style? We’ll take you step-by-step through this method of citing sources.

Citing in MLA Style
Wednesday, Oct. 3 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)
New to using the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style? We’ll take you step-by-step through this method of citing sources.

Present like a Pro
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)
Does the thought of giving a presentation keep you up at night? What about speaking on behalf of your group in class, or taking a leadership role in your club or organization that requires speaking skills? If any of these scenarios give you nightmares, never fear! This workshop introduces strategies and resources for improving your communication and leadership skills. You’ll leave well on your way to presenting like a pro.