May 4, 2017

Student Resources


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Publication Resources

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Presentation resources

Are you presenting a poster on a project this spring? Come to one of the OSCAR Poster Writing Workshops. If you can’t make one of our workshops check out the workshops at SP@RC at Fenwick
Quick Guide to creating poster presentations for professional audiences

OSCAR Mason PowerPoint poster templates for 48" by 36" poster

Check Events for upcoming Poster-Making Workshops.

SP@RC Lab prints posters for free and hosts poster workshop.

"Designing Effective Scientific Presentations" from iBioSeminars

Giving a Good Scientific Presentation" from the American Society of Primatologist (don't worry if you don't study apes -this is very broadly applicable, including a nice section on how to decide between giving a poster and an oral presentation)

"Presenting Conference Papers and Posters in the Humanities" by Texas Tech University

"How to give a Bad talk"- an oldie but a goody from Mark Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Explore visual design from Edward Tufte

Research Ethics

For Research with Human or Animal Subjects, check Mason's Office of Research Integrity & Assurance

Mason Institutional Review Board's IRBNet

National Ethics Center, CORE

Research Software and Training

Mason's IT Training offers software workshops to students, faculty, and staff.

The Virtual Computing Lab provides access to a variety of software packages, including MS Office and Statistical packages (e.g Matlab, SAS, SPSS, and others). Use your Mason ID and login to make a reservation from any computer.

School of Management research lab, in Enterprise Hall Room 176, gives students 24 hour access to twelve Bloomberg Terminals for both training and student research projects.

The Mason Innovation Lab (Enterprise Hall Room 278) is a collaborative space for students and faculty to work together on entrepreneurial projects.

The Mason MIX Lab provides 3D printers, classes, and other resources for students to use for their projects.

Prezi is a free website students can use for research presentations.

Zotero is a Mason-developed bibliographic management tool that lets you organize your resources, share them with others, and create citations and bibliographies directly in your written work.

Dirt Directory is "a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use."  Most are free, and they range from data analysis, mind mapping, to transcription and publication.

Social Explorer is an NSF-supported tool to visually explore US demography through US Census and other data. Mason has partnered with to provide free and unlimited online training to Mason students, faculty, and staff. An online subscription library, offers more than 2,000 videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video editing and production, animation, and web design and development. New courses are added weekly. Access the library 24/7—even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or mobile phone—using your Mason NetID and Patriot Pass password. Below are some recommended playlists for students, faculty and staff.

Library Resources

Infoguides. Your first stop to all references on your project.

Did you know there is a librarian at Mason trained in understanding the materials in your field of study? Subject librarians are a fantastic resource, and students are invited to contact them.

Data Services. Data Services provides help with finding, getting, and using statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data. They also offer consultation services and training in most things data-related including: software help, assistance with data analysis and survey design, data management, and data management plans.

Mason Libraries holds a variety of very helpful research workshops. Check them out before you get too deep into your project - you don't want to be saying, "I wish I'd known that earlier!"

Safety Procedures

Mason Environmental Health & Safety Office's Training options