Course Syllabus

Overview | Course Requirements | Discussion Etiquette | Contact Info | FAQ

Course overview

This 5-day online workshop will guide you through resources, activities, and discussion designed to prepare you for your role in research.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify resources and Libraries services to help improve your academic skills
  • Engage in discussions and activities with your fellow peers
  • Communicate directly with staff members of the UW Libraries
  • Discover new tools available exclusively through UW and freely available on the web

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • Research as conversation
  • Effective academic research
  • Library services and resources
  • UW Libraries databases
  • Google Scholar
  • Search strategies
  • Productivity tools
  • Citation trails and citation management tools
  • Support resources for graduate research (data management, scholarly publishing, open educational resources)

This course is a safe space for open discussions. We embrace many perspectives and experiences within this course and at the UW Libraries, as long as they are not harmful to one another. We strive to make this a welcoming and supportive environment to allow each of you to thrive creatively as a researcher.

If you require special accommodations to participate in this workshop, please contact

Course requirements 

Students are expected to participate in discussion board conversations and connect with peers and cohort facilitators. During the course, students may be asked to share self-reflection pieces. Participants are expected to engage with course content but it is recommended to spend no longer than one hour per day on the course modules.

Discussion etiquette 

You are asked to participate in daily discussions throughout the week. Please refer to these handy tips for maintaining a positive, supportive, and flourishing environment as you connect with your tutors and peers in the workshop.

  • Know the ROPES - be Respectful, Open, Participatory, Education-minded, and Safe.
  • This is your community and discussion boards are your main avenue of communication with peers. As with any community, it requires your thoughtful engagement to thrive.
  • You bring specific expertise, knowledge, and skills to this workshop. We encourage you to share this information, but please be respectful and tolerant of other ideas, answers, and opinions.
  • Ask questions. We are a community of learning, after all!

Access and accommodations 

Your learning experience is important to us. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to your facilitators at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs throughout the workshop.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions. While it is legal policy of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law, we strive to go beyond the necessary means and build an environment that is accessible and safe so that you can thrive and concentrate on learning.

Best method of contact  

Please use the discussion boards to interact with members of this workshop. If you have any concerns that need to be addressed outside of the course, contact  

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive a certificate for completing this course?

Unfortunately, this course does not provide certification for any of the tools or methods used during the learning experience. However, participants gain exposure to new ideas and frameworks while building practical research skills.

How long will it take to complete this workshop?

We are asking participants to engage with the course content and interactive elements of this workshop throughout the entirety of the course. You will be asked to read through our course content, complete a short activity, and post in the daily discussion thread. This process should take no longer than one hour per day.

Do I need to view content linearly?

It is recommended to progress linearly through this course as is structured in the modules list.

What happens when the workshop concludes?

Before the workshop concludes, we request that you fill out and submit a feedback form that will allow us to improve this course for future cohorts. This will also be your opportunity to reflect on your experience within your cohort, your interactions with facilitators and peers, and more.

When the course concludes, you will no longer be able to engage in any of the interactive elements of the course. However, the course content will be available to you in your course enrollments list.

The course is also licensed for Public Domain use. Content in the course is freely available even if you are not affiliated with UW. 


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