Research Skills Boot Camp

The Angus L Macdonald Library and the Student Success Centre are pleased to present a Research Skills Boot Camp.

Join us for two half-day sessions, held on May 10th and 11th via Blackboard Collaborate, to learn about various research-related skills.

While these sessions will be of particular interest to research assistants, they are open to all students. The Boot Camp is free of charge; you can register here.


Tuesday, May 10th:

9:10am-9:15am: Welcome

9:15am-10:00am: At sea?  Navigating Library resources to net the best results

Instructor: Susan Cameron, Special Collections Librarian

This session will provide an overview of the research process.  We will focus on what you need to know to get the best search results and how to evaluate them.

10:00am-10:15am: Break

10:15am-11:00am: A Primer on Academic Publishing and Research

Instructor: Meghan Landry, Scholarly Communications Librarian

This session aims to introduce the world of academic publishing and prepare students for future research and scholarly activity. Topics covered include open access, open textbooks, copyright and intellectual property, and depositing your work in StFX Scholar. 

11:00am-11:15am: Break

11:15am-12:00pm: Preparing Literature Reviews

Instructor: Laurinda Matheson, Research Services Librarian

In this session, we will discuss literature reviews – what they are, how to find sources, and how to organize your review.

Wednesday, May 11th:

9:10am-9:15am: Welcome

9:15am-10:00am: Managing References with Zotero

Instructor: Laurinda Matheson, Research Services Librarian

Citations and referencing giving you headaches? Zotero will help you save and organize your references while you search, and will format citations and reference lists in hundreds of different citation styles.

10:00am-10:15am: Break

10:15am-11:00am: Science Writing for Publication

Instructor: Mark Leeming, Learning Skills Coordinator, Student Success Centre

Those writing with the intention of submitting to a science or social science journal need to be aware of the requirements of those publishers, and the best work anyone can do towards producing a publication-worthy draft is done while writing the first draft. This session will cover best practices from outline to final layout.

Please contact Laurinda Matheson ( if you have any questions.