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STEM Research Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

Baylor Libraries offers general STEM research workshops, research data management workshops, and systematic review training and working sessions.  These sessions are held in-person, synchronously online, and asynchronously. Although all the workshops are applicable to STEM researchers, researchers in other areas can find them useful also.

STEM Research Workshops

Click on In-Person and Synchronous Online Schedule tab to sign up for workshops.

Click on Asynchronous Workshop Links to access online workshops.

Scientific Research Process

Learn about the steps of the research process and the roles different people play in the process. We will also give you suggestions on how to get started in research.

Format:  discussion; in-person, synchronous online

Reading Scientific Papers

Learn about strategies for reading (and understanding) scientific research papers and get hands on experience reading a paper related to your major. We will also cover the different types of academic articles.

Format:  active learning; in-person, synchronous online

Writing Scientific Abstracts

This hands-on workshop will explain the components needed in an abstract (usually for a conference or presentation submission) and give you time to start composing your abstract.

Format:  active learning; in-person, synchronous online

Creating Scientific Poster Presentations

This hands-on workshop will walk you through the nuts and bolts of creating a logical and easily read scientific poster.  We will also give you information to help you easily get your poster printed on the large plotters at the copy center.

Format:  lecture, demonstration, active learning; in-person, synchronous online

Intro to PubMed Searching

PubMed, and its subscription-based affiliate MEDLINE, is the seminal research tool in the medical and health sciences. In this workshop, we will cover basic and advanced search techniques including incorporating MeSH terms and how to manipulate and extract the results. We should have ample time for questions and individualized consultation will be provided as time permits.

Format: demonstration, active learning; in-person, synchronous online

Finding Health Data

Health Data comes in many forms, from the information a patient puts on a form when they first go to the doctor to epidemiological data that is collected by public health workers to genomic data about different species’ DNA and RNA. In this workshop we will go through how to find health data from clinical data to public health data to biological data. We will examine the differences between public and private data sources and learn how to harvest this data, examine it and visualize it. We will do this in order to create connections between data and enhance research.

Format:  demonstration; in-person, synchronous online, asynchronous (in preparation)

Patent Searching

This workshop will explain the various levels and search engines for searching patents and give you tips and tools to see what patents have been granted or are in progress. 

Format:  demonstration; in-person, synchronous online (in preparation)

Research Data Management Workshops

The Research Data Management workshops are part of the Data Scholars Program.  For more information about the Data Scholars Program go to https://blogs.baylor.edu/digitalscholarship/data-scholar-workshop-program/

Click on In-Person and Synchronous Online Schedule tab to sign up for workshops.

Click on Asynchronous Workshop Links to access online workshops.

Introduction to Research Data Management

This workshop is a general overview of research data management using the UK Data Life Cycle as the framework.  We will discuss the importance of proper data management and learn about tips and tools to help you do so.  This workshop is a prerequisite for Deposting in BEARdata and Using DMPTool for Data Management Plans.

Format:  lecture; in-person, synchronous online, asynchronous

Preparing Your Data in Excel

Data can be messy and sometimes you need to prepare or clean-up your data before you can analyze it. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of data prep using excel.

Format:  demonstration, directed learning; in-person, synchronous online, asynchronous

Collecting Data using Forms

Using forms to collect data can reduce errors, improve interrater reliability, and simplify analysis In this workshop, you will learn the basics of creating forms in Microsoft forms and be introduced to some advanced features in Qualtrics.

Format:  demonstration, directed learning; in-person, synchronous online, asynchronous (in preparation)

Depositing in BEARdata

BEARdata stands for Baylor Electronically Accessible Research Data. Support open data initiatives and comply with funding mandates. Learn how to create collections/dataverses and datasets and how to properly describe your data.

Format:  demonstration, active learning; in-person, synchronous online, asynchronous (in preparation)

Using DMPTool for Data Management Plans

Many granting agencies require researchers to submit data management plans (DMPs) with their proposals. Come find out what agencies are looking for in these plans and how using the templates in the DMPtool can make writing these easier.

Format:  demonstration, active learning; in-person, synchronous online, asynchronous

Systematic Review Training and Working Sessions

Click on Asynchronous Workshop Links to access the Systematic Review Canvas Course.

Click on In-Person and Synchronous Online Schedule tab to sign up for working sessions.

Systematic Review Training

This multi-part online training will guide you through the steps of conducting a systematic review.  It will take you 45-90 minutes to go through the videos, activities, and assessments for each of the 8 required modules takes between 45 and 90 minutes.  A badge will be given to those who receive at least 80% on the assessments in the required modules.  The systematic working sessions are meant to complement this training.

Format: lecture, active learning, directed learning; asynchronous

(Introduction and) Planning Working Session

This session will focus on the planning step of conducting a systematic review and is designed to complement the systematic review training canvas course.  The first 30 minutes will be spent introducing systematic and other types of literature reviews and the steps (PIECES) of conducting a review.  During the remainder of the time, participants will develop their research questions and conduct preliminary searches in preparation for conducing a systematic review

Format:  lecture, directed learning; in-person, synchronous online 

Identifying Working Session

This session will focus on the identifying step of conducting a systematic review and is designed to complement the systematic review training canvas course.  During this time, participants will identify databases to use for their review and translate their research questions to search strategies.

Format:  directed learning; in-person, synchronous online 

Evaluating Working Session

This session will focus on the evaluating step of conducting a systematic review and is designed to complement the systematic review training canvas course.  During this time, participants will select the tools they plan to use for the review, choose their inclusion and exclusion criteria, and identify the checklists they will use for critical appraisal.

Format:  directed learning; in-person, synchronous online 

Collecting and Combining Data Working Session

This session will focus on the collecting and combining step of conducting a systematic review and is designed to complement the systematic review training canvas course.  During this time, participants will identify data elements needed to answer their research question and begin to develop the forms to collect these data.

Format:  directed learning; in-person, synchronous online 

Explaining the Synthesis and Analysis Working Session

This session will focus on the explaining step of conducting a systematic review and is designed to complement the systematic review training canvas course.  During this time, participants will identify the techniques they plan to use to analyze their data and begin designing preliminary tables and graphs.

Format:  directed learning; in-person, synchronous online 

Summarizing Working Session

This session will focus on the summarizing step of conducting a systematic review and is designed to complement the systematic review training canvas course.  During this time, participants will identify their primary audience, outline their summary, and construct their PRISMA diagram.

Format:  directed learning; in-person, synchronous online 

EPPI-Reviewer Working Session

This session will focus on using EPPI-Reviewer to conduct a systematic review and is designed to complement the systematic review training canvas course.  During this time, participants will set up their review in EPPI-Reviewer, import citations, create work distributions, and customize coding.  This working session will be geared towards the leads of the systematic review teams, but all members of the team should have EPPI-Reviewer accounts prior to the session.

Format:  directed learning; in-person, synchronous online 

Data and Digital Scholarship

You may also be interested in workshops offered by the Data and Digital Scholarship Librarians.  For more information go to

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