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Here you will find live and asynchronous workshops from Mann librarians and staff. These workshops are discipline agnostic and can be adjusted to meet course, student group, or lab specific learning objectives. Please fill out the workshop request form and let us know if you would like us to offer a specialized instruction session on any of the topics below, or on additional topics such as business research (e.g. Bloomberg), specific databases (e.g. PubMed), data management tools (e.g. Open Science Framework, Excel), or design (e.g. Adobe products, poster design).

Please visit our Events Calendar to see the full listing of live workshops for the semester.

If you are seeking course-based, critical information literacy instruction, please find the instruction request form on Mann’s Instruction Program page

In-Person Workshops

Writing a Data Management and Sharing Plan for Grant Applications

This class covers the basics of writing a successful data management and sharing plan for federal funding agencies such as the NEH, NSF, NIH, NASA, and others. Attendees will learn about the different requirements funding agencies have for your research data as well as how to best meet those obligations within your lab or research group.

Intro to QGIS

This workshop will cover basic tasks using QGIS: loading data, changing the styles used to display the data on a map, installing plugins, using processing tools to do basic analysis, and exporting a finished map image.

Introduction to Bloomberg

Hundreds of thousands of investment professionals rely on the most comprehensive financial research tool on the market – Bloomberg. Give yourself a competitive advantage by learning the basics of how to navigate Bloomberg quickly and efficiently.

Introduction to Market Research

Understanding the consumer is essential for any successful business. Market research encompasses a number of aspects critical to understanding the consumer, ranging from their demographic make-up, to their attitudes and behavior regarding a product or service. This workshop will introduce attendees to the basics of market research, highlighting key concepts that dictate what information is available, and exposing attendees to Cornell’s top resources for discovering this information.

Pre-recorded Workshops

Disciplinary Research Support

To contact our research support service with a consultation request (on topics such as searching and finding literature), or a specialized instruction session, please use our research consultation request form.

    • Demystifying the Literature Review: A Hands-on Workshop (asynchronous) Start or accelerate the literature review for your thesis or dissertation with this pre-recorded workshop. We cover the steps of conducting a literature review, a checklist for drafting your topic and search terms, citation management software for organizing your results, and database searching. Please visit the accompanying library guide for additional resources:
    • Search Literacy: How to find the literature you need (asynchronous) In this pre-recorded workshop we discuss how to get the most out of searching for literature. We will demonstrate search methods in Life Science databases, but these techniques can be applied widely across disciplines. We will discuss improved strategies for narrowing your topic and doing research, but also explore tips and tricks to make sure you are getting the most out of your online searching. With a focus on PubMed and Web of Science, we’ll explore the methods for advanced searching and leave time for hands-on practice and to answer your questions.
    • Maximizing your Research Impact: What You Need to Know (asynchronous) This one-hour workshop will provide you with an introduction to the related topics of research impact and author identity. Learn about the various metrics used to measure the impact of you as a researcher, the research you publish, and the journals you are thinking of publishing in. We’ll also cover how to take ownership of your author identity and the importance of author identifiers like ORCID IDs.
    • Open Scholarship: Open Access, Open Science, Open Data (asynchronous). Open Scholarship advocates for research to be transparent and openly available to all. In this pre-recorded workshop, you’ll find an overview of the Open Science movement and the general principles including access to publications and the underlying research process, FAIR data, and initiatives within scholarly communications that support “openness” of the research endeavor (preprints, registered reports, persistent identifiers, and community engagement platforms).

Citation Management

Each pre-recorded citation management workshop is designed to demonstrate how to use the program, help troubleshoot any issues you might be experiencing, and get lots of hands-on practice. For additional support with Citation Management, please reach out to

Evidence Synthesis

Cornell University Library offers an evidence synthesis service to research staff, graduate students, and faculty in all departments at Cornell’s Ithaca campus. They support a range of review methodologies, including systematic reviews, scoping reviews, evidence gap maps, umbrella reviews, and others. Contact the Evidence Synthesis Service for review support, consultation, and course or lab specific instruction.

    • The Nuts and Bolts of Systematic Reviews (asynchronous). Are you part of a team that is conducting a systematic review? Evidence syntheses, such systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and meta-analyses, have long been common in the health sciences and their popularity is growing in other disciplines. They are grounded in transparent, unbiased approaches, and are often used to assist public policy decision-making. Join us for this pre-recorded workshop to learn more about the evidence synthesis process from start to finish.

Research Data Management

The Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG) is a collaborative, campus-wide organization that assists with creating and implementing data management plans, applying best practices for managing data, and finding data management services at any stage of the research process. Contact the RDMSG for consultation or specialized instruction at

    • Reproducible Research: Organization for Spreadsheets / TIDY Data (asynchronous). Good data organization is the foundation of a research project. Most researchers have data in spreadsheets, so it’s the place that we will start. In this workshop, we’ll learn good data entry practices, different approaches for working with data in spreadsheets, and how to optimize your final “data package” to fulfill research quality and reproducibility requirements and facilitate new research.
    • How and Where to Publish your Data: Part 1 and How and Where to Publish Your Data: Part 2 (asynchronous). We are frequently asked to share, archive, or otherwise publish data by funders and publishers, but few instructions exist on how to find a repository, and how to prepare your data and metadata for sharing. This 2-part, pre-recorded workshop will provide hands-on experience preparing data for publishing by “curating” an example dataset and identifying common data issues. Participants will also learn about the overall role of repositories within the data sharing landscape and learn strategies for locating and evaluating repositories.