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The Practical Professor workshops are designed to assist MSU researchers. Whether you're trying to document the impact of your research or make the most of your research time, the Practical Professor workshops can help you make the most of the Libraries' research resources. All Practical Professor workshops require prior registration. For more information about the Practical Professor workshops, including handouts and podcasts, please visit the online guide:

To see specific dates and register for a session, visit the events calendar.

  • Copyright Or Copywrong
    What's fair use for a class? What rights should you retain as an author? What can you legally use in a podcast? This session will provide an overview of the copyright law and its application to higher education.
  • I can't believe I missed that! Using Alert Services
    How can you keep up with the latest research in your field? This workshop will offer suggestions for setting up profiles and alerts that can notify you when items of interest have been added to the library's indexes and databases.
  • Research & Writing: Improving Your Research Productivity
    Want to make the most of your research time? This workshop provides strategies that can improve the quality and quantity of your research.
  • iPads for Scholars
    Tool or toy? This workshop will provide an overview of the scholarly applications available to iPad users.
  • Using Scopus to Enhance Your Research Results
    Come learn about the MSU Libraries' newest research tool, Scopus! Developed by Elsevier, this comprehensive research database offers lots of options for customizing your search results and keeping up with the latest research in your discipline.
  • Publishing 101: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process
    This workshop provides an introduction to the academic publishing process. Topics covered include submission strategies, managing the relationship with editors and reviewers, and publishing etiquette.
  • Crafting the Winning Curriculum Vitae
    Within higher education, the curriculum vitae is the tool most often used both during the job search and throughout an academic career. This session will discuss strategies for organizing and developing a professional curriculum vitae.
  • Who's Citing You? Tracking the Impact of Your Research
    This workshop will offer strategies, online tools, and bibliometric measures to help you track the impact of your research.
  • Twitter 101 for Faculty
    Discover how to use Twitter for your class or research/networking needs! This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to Twitter and offer strategies for managing your Twitter account.
  • Using Library Resources in Your Distance Education Class
    Find out how to tap into the full range of library research resources and services for your distance education class. Whether it's putting materials on reserve, setting up research assistance for your students, or tapping into the thousands of available online journals and databases, the MSU Libraries can help you and your online students with your information needs.
  • eBooks: For Fun and Research
    This workshop will provide an introduction to eBooks, including issues regarding use, sources, and popular readers.