New Workshops: Zotero

Starting in October, the library will be offering new workshops about Zotero. This free and open source software enables you to organize your research, create bibliographies and insert citations or footnotes in your assignments. You can download Zotero here.

The workshops will feature hands-on components and students are encouraged to bring their own laptops to practice. Computers will also be available in the room. The workshops will be offered on the following dates; please click on the links to register:

How to Tell Real News From Malarkey

This month McGill Library hosted over 100 international high school students who are part of the McGill Summer Academy. The students were divided into two streams—International Relations and Neuroscience.  Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians, Katherine Hanz and Emily Kingsland, designed and led a mobile scavenger hunt for the 50 International Relations students, as well as a fake news workshop called Black, White, and Re(a)d: How to Tell Real News from Malarkey.

The workshop featured a game called Fake or For Real which incorporated an Instagram Story video series of the same name. It was created, produced, and kindly shared with the Library by Leah Green and Eleni Stefanou at The Guardian. Students were given a recent international news headline and asked to vote with their instincts – was this fake or for real? They then had less than minute to search online to find the answer and vote again.

The students – who are currently entering grades 11 and 12 – got into lively debates about the veracity of the news. It was an eye-opening experience for everyone – the librarians included!

The workshop was such a hit that it will be tailored and offered to McGill students this fall. So mark your calendars, folks! Click here to register.