Lunch + Learn on 9/10: Primary Source Databases

Teaching with Primary Source Databases workshop will offer insight into how primary sources can be used in multiple disciplinary contexts, for teaching qualitative and quantitative research methods, and for diverse projects and research outputs. Attendees can expect to learn about:

  • Approaches to research from varied disciplines
  • Different types of primary sources
  • Creative ideas for teaching with primary sources
  • Data mining and visualization with archives
  • Widening the scope of usage for digital library collections
  •  HTR (Handwritten Text Recognition) Technology for DHI efforts related to Full-Text Search in Manuscript Documents

This workshop will be held Tuesday, September 10, Noon to 1 p.m., 1014A&B Fenwick Library. For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Skeen,

Pathway Studio: Bridging Research

Learn how to use Pathway Studio – an online research solution that combines a vast knowledgebase of literature extracted molecular facts with powerful analytical and visualization tools to better understand the underlying biology from experimental, clinical and literature-based evidence. Pathway Studio training sessions’ focus will be on de novo pathway building, high-throughput data analysis, and variant analysis. Two sessions are offered:

  • Monday, September 16, 110H Colgan Hall, SciTech Campus, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
  • Tuesday, September 16, 1014A&B Fenwick, Fairfax Campus, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Skeen,

Have you completed your mandatory Records Coordinator training?

University Records Management is hosting workshops for newly assigned Records Coordinators to completely their mandatory training, as outlined in University Policy 1102. University Records Management governs this compliance area for Mason; improper handling of University records can affect audits, accreditation, litigation, and more. The Records Coordinator role is responsible for communication between their department and University Records Management.

This workshop will cover records management basics, a review of local and federal laws that govern information management within the University, services available to University departments and offices, electronic records and data management, and creating internal records policies for individual departments. Records Coordinators will receive materials from this workshop to share with their departments.

Workshops will take place in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library, Room 2400), from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019

Research Your Way to an A: Feb 25-28

Mason Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Team has partnered with Learning Services, The Writing Center and the Communications Center to offer “Research Your Way to an A: A workshop series on how to research, write and present with confidence.” All workshops will take place in the Gateway Library (Johnson Center, Room 134G).

How to Read Scholarly Journals (Presented by Learning Services)
Monday, February 25, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Reading scholarly journals is very different from reading a textbook. During this session we will discuss the sections of a scholarly article, strategies for reading which will help you quickly identify important information, and ways to take notes which will help you incorporate your sources into your project. Register at

Research Treasure Hunt: Search Strategies and Citation Mining (Presented by Mason Libraries)
Tuesday, February 26, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Cut your research time in half by learning how to skillfully navigate the sea of information, steering around research obstacles and following the clues to that perfect resource. Register at

Strategies and Tools for Synthesizing Sources (Presented by the Writing Center)
Wednesday, February 27, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

This workshop introduces writers to strategies and tools for synthesizing the sources they have assembled, and for moving that synthesis toward a structure or outline for their draft. Register at

Making your Message Memorable with Powerful Presentations (Presented by the Communications Center)
Thursday, February 28, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

This workshop will help you package your research into an effective presentation, and will focus on (1) organizing ideas, (2) communicating content clearly, and (3) dynamic delivery. Register at