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Center for Digital Scholarship at the Hesburgh Libraries

Posted on September 12, 2013 in Hesburgh Library, Research

Over the summer the Hesburgh Libraries has been preparing for a busy fall. The Libraries as a system is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library building throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Coincident with the year-long celebration is the opening of a new service and location within the Libraries: The Center for Digital Scholarship. You can learn more about the Center and its services through our library website. As you read, we invite you to visit and explore opportunities to extend your own research and scholarship.

Join Notre Dame faculty and students and alumni, along with special guests, as we celebrate the opening of the new Center for Digital Scholarship within the Hesburgh Libraries. Mark your calendar for the grand opening event scheduled November 1, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with formal programming beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Center for Digital Scholarship at the Hesburgh Libraries Opening Reception and Program – November 1, 2013

In the interim we invite you to consider your own research and how you might extend analysis of texts that you study, use geographic information services to visualize important aspects of your findings, or discover what it takes to manage large research projects that include data creation or locating large data sets. Staff are on hand in the Center for consultation and support as you consider your options and begin your work. As the fall semester progresses, please watch for announcements about introductory sessions on the areas of expertise supported and other programming.

Fall Break Dissertation Camp a Huge Success!

Posted on November 6, 2012 in Hesburgh Library, Research, Writing Center

As part of our continued effort to support graduate student writers, the Hesburgh Libraries and the University Writing Center, with the support of the Graduate School hosted Dissertation Camp during Fall Break.  Presenters from the University Writing Center, the Hesburgh Libraries, the Graduate School, the University Counseling Center, Digital ND, and the Executive MBA program all provided workshops geared toward developing excellent research and writing skills and streamlining the writing process.

The feedback for this event from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the value of building community among writers who are deeply engaged in sometimes isolating long-term research projects. The 26 “campers” collectively logged more than 840 hours of worktime over the course of the week. They engaged in conversation and developed networks with graduate peers within and outside of their own program areas. Many took advantage of opportunities to consult one-on-one with librarians and Writing Center tutors to discuss their works in progress.

Remember that library research support and Writing Center consultations are available at any time during the regular semester, not only during our camps.

Be sure to check the Library and Writing Center events websites for more information about upcoming workshops, including next semester’s Dissertation Camp over Spring Break.  (All Library and Writing Center events are listed on the Graduate School Professional Development calendar as well.)

Three Ways for Graduate Students to Use the Writing Center

Posted on September 4, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Hesburgh Library, International Students, Kaneb Center, Research, Writing Center

Good writers talk about their writing with other writers.  It’s as simple as that.  But finding another writer to talk to sometimes isn’t so simple.  At the University Writing Center, graduate students find attentive listeners and careful readers, ready to offer thoughtful feedback on any writing project.

Here are three ways that graduate students can make use of the Writing Center to help improve their writing.

One-on-One Writing Consultations.  We offer free, 45-minute consultations on any aspect of the writing process–from generating, organizing, and outlining ideas to drafting, editing, and polishing arguments.  Graduate students make use of this consultation service in a number of ways, for example:

  • One-time consultations on fellowship applications, grant proposals, seminar papers, scientific papers, and scholarly articles.
  • Ongoing consultations on longer projects, such as theses, dissertations, and scholarly books.

Our Read-Ahead Service is available for graduate students pursuing extended writing projects. One-time and ongoing appointments can be scheduled with a consultant using our online appointment scheduler.

Workshops. We offer a number of workshops each semester, including:

  • Dissertation Camp, a week-long, intensive writing immersion experience for graduate students at the dissertation or thesis stage. This workshop is offered during Fall Break and Spring Break in partnership with the Hesburgh Libraries.
  • Grant Writing Bootcamp, a week-long workshop focused on developing strong grant proposals, offered in conjunction with the Graduate School Office of Grants and Fellowships.
  • Commenting on Student Writing, a workshop for TAs and faculty who provide written feedback to students on their writing, offered in partnership with the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the English for Academic Purposes program.

Resource Library. In the Writing Center, we have a library of print resources on writing, including:

  • Current editions of all major style manuals (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian)
  • Topic-specific writing guides (e.g. literature reviews, empirical research reports, dissertation project management, etc.)
  • Grammar and usage guides

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit the Writing Center website.

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Library Events

Posted on August 14, 2012 in Hesburgh Library

Mark your calendars!  The Hesburgh Library workshop schedule is now available!  Events include general orientation sessions in August, a hands-on workshop on using RefWorks to organize and format your citations, a session on cited reference searching that helps you determine the highest impact journals, articles, and authors.  You’ll also learn how to calculate your h-index. Librarians in the Business Information Center will also be a hands-on session on finding company, industry, and market data using key business resources this fall. This session can help you with job searches and career directions.

Ethics Café Announced

Posted on June 14, 2012 in Career Center, Graduate School, Hesburgh Library, International Students, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research

The Graduate School and Reilly Center are teaming up to host an Ethics Café six times per academic year beginning fall 2012. Cafés seek to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. The Ethics Café at Notre Dame will offer faculty, students and staff a space to learn about ethical issues pertaining to responsible conduct of research, professional conduct, engagement with the public, and other worldly matters. Be on the lookout for more information!

Advice for Graduate Students

Posted on April 5, 2012 in Career Center, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Writing Center

Has graduate school got you down? Having problems managing work and family? Are you worried about debt? Are you feeling stressed? Are you looking for strategies for success? Would you like some advice about writing a dissertation?

The Chronicle of Higher Education devotes an entire section of its website to Advice for Graduate Students.

Workshop Etiquette

Posted on March 23, 2012 in Career Center, Center for Social Concerns, English for Academic Purposes, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Uncategorized, Writing Center

Your behavior at a workshop or an employer information session can be an indication of your professional behavior after you leave graduate school.  Therefore you want to be sure you are sending a professional, responsible message.  It is extremely important that you remember professional etiquette at these events.  I have listed a few reminders below to think about prior to your attendance at either a workshop or employer sponsored event.

1) If you RSVP for an event, attend.  If you cannot attend, notify the organizer, within 24 hours in advance (if possible).  If you do not know who to contact to withdraw your registration, please contact the Graduate School at 631-1704 or and they will help you withdraw your registration.

2)If food and drink are served, exercise control.  That means take one piece of pizza and one drink.  If there are left overs, you may go back for seconds.  Piling your plate with four pieces of pizza and grabbing a water and a soda are inappropriate.

3)Prepare a few questions ahead of time and ask them when the presenter calls for questions.  Most of the time a presenter will state their preference on answering questions.  Most likely they will call for questions at the end of the presentation while others welcome questions amidst the presentation.  Asking them at these times is most appropriate.  However there are some questions that need to be asked one-on-one versus in front of the entire group (those that are very specific to your situation). This will help alleviate the long line of students after the presentation.

If you have questions about any of these points or would like to know more about workshop and event etiquette please contact the Graduate Career Program at 248 Flanner Hall or 574.631.4058.

Know Your Subject Librarian!

Posted on December 1, 2011 in Hesburgh Library

Are there books you would like the library to buy? Do you need personal assistance with your library research? Contact your subject librarian!  Our job is to make your job easier, so if you haven’t gotten in touch yet, now is the time.  We are happy to meet with you to talk about your work, and we might be able to find some ways to simplify and improve your research.  Check out our list of subject librarians here: