PA 533 Public Policy: Origins and Processes: Workshops

Guide to Dr. Corbett's Public Policy: Origins and Processes

Fall 2020 Online Workshops

Please register for workshops in advance using the links provided. You will be sent a Zoom link prior to the workshop. 

Introduction to Zotero

Instructor: Rick Mikulski 
Date: October 27th
Time: 12-1pm 
Register for the October to Zotero Workshop
(Please register by 5pm, Friday October 23rd.)

Instructor: Rick Mikulski 
Date: November 4th
Time: 4-5pm 
Register for the November to Zotero Workshop
(Please register by 5pm, Monday, November 2nd.)

Description: This workshop provides an overview of Zotero, a free and open-source citation management tool that allows users to capture, save, and annotate research notes. Zotero is an especially powerful research tool because it can capture records directly from databases, GoogleScholar, websites, and the PSU Catalog. In this tutorial session, we will cover: 

  • Basic functions of Zotero; 
  • Saving citations; 
  • Connecting Zotero to your browser via the free plugin; 
  • Importing Zotero citations directly into Microsoft Word documents; 
  • Adding your own research notes to citation records; 
  • Creating project-specific lists and folders. 

To maximize our time, we ask that attendees download Zotero in advance of the session. A detailed walkthrough can be found on our guide


Instructor: Emily Ford
Date: November 20th
Time: 1:30-3pm
Register for the Mendeley Workshop 
(Please register by 5pm, Wednesday, November 18th)

Description: In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to Mendeley, a citation management tool owned by Elsevier. The workshop will include an overview of the software’s features, and will introduce you to the basics of importing and managing citations and articles. The workshop will also cover some advanced functions, such as syncing articles saved to your computer, as well as practical tips and strategies for using the tool. To get the most out of the workshop, attendees are encouraged to create a Mendeley account and download the software to their computers prior to the workshop time.

Data Management Planning 

Instructor: Rick Mikulski
Date: October 28th
Time: 1-2pm 
Register for the Data Management Planning Workshop
(Please register by 5pm, Monday, October 26th)

Description: Data Management is a vital and necessary part of all research projects, and Data Management Plans (DMP) are now required for most federal grants. This workshop provides a brief overview of Data Management, followed by a hands-on tutorial on DMPTool. DMPTool is software that allows users to create DMP specifically tailored to their discipline and funding agency.  Due to the extremely broad nature of Data Management, which (by design) contains ambiguity and confusion, a large portion of the session will be reserved for Data Management questions. In the interest of time, it would be useful if attendees create a free DMPTool account in advance.