Join Us for Open Education Week, March 1-5

Open Education Week is an annual event celebrated around the world to promote open sharing and other open practices. This week brings increased awareness to open content and issues surrounding education access, pedagogical effectiveness, and more.

Each year, the corpus of ebooks freely available through open licensing or the public domain increases. We’ve selected a few open ebooks that we hope you will enjoy:

Open Education Week Events: To learn more about open education, join colleagues near and far through these Open Education Week events.

March 1, 2021

  • 3pm-4pm  Affordable Learning Georgia Faculty Panel (Register)
    In celebration of Open Education Week, the Russell Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia College invite you to a panel discussion on faculty experiences applying for and implementing Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) grants.
  • 6pm-8pm: “Connecting the Opens: A Panel Discussion for the Future Professoriate“. Join us for this panel to learn about the different “opens” in the field, including open access, open education, and open data from Library faculty, and to hear from faculty across campus on their experiences and insight with OER.   Register here:  

March 2, 2021

  • 11-11:30am: Faculty Select: Finding and requesting ebooks for your course content: (Register) Join GSU Librarian Denise George Dimsdale in a demo of Faculty Select. Faculty Select is designed to be a one-stop shop for you to easily locate either openly licensed course content or course content available through library subscriptions. Additionally, there are thousands of titles available that the library does not currently own. If you’d like one of these titles, the database offers features for you to make a purchase request for your course.

March 3, 2021

  • 1:30pm-2:15pm: The OER Files: Open Education Myths Explained (Register) Think Open Educational Resources are low quality? Think again! Jeff Gallant and Tiffani Reardon from Affordable Learning Georgia will bust common myths surrounding OER. The truth is out there…

March 4, 2021

  • 12pm-12:45 pm: Access Granted: An OER Panel Discussion with Kennesaw State University Faculty (Register) Faculty hoping to author or adopt Open Educational Resources within their courses should plan to attend this informative panel discussion, in which ALG Textbook Transformation Grant recipients will relay their experiences.

March 5, 2021

  • Anytime: A Quick Look at the Future of OER (Recording)
    This talk will look at the impact of new technologies – specifically, open data, cloud technologies, AI and distributed ledgers (blockchain) – on the future shape of OER – what they will look like, how they will be used, and what skills and knowledge will be needed to develop and use them. Stephen Downes, National Research Council Canada

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Tuesday Tips: Connecting Google Scholar to GSU Resources

Welcome to “Tuesday Tips”, useful tidbits to help you get the most out of the GSU Library’s resources.

Do you like how easy it is to search with Google, but want to see which articles and books you can get for free through the GSU Library? Then check out these instructions on setting up a Google Scholar search to display the library’s content. It only takes a few minutes to set up, and can save you time and money on future scholarly searches.

You’ll need:

  • A Google account (if you have Gmail, you have one already)
  • Your GSU CampusID and password (try the CampusID lookup if you’re new or not sure what that is)

Video Tutorial

For those who prefer videos, here’s the 2-minute tutorial on connecting your Google account with the library:

Connecting Google Scholar to the GSU Library

Written Tutorials

For a downloadable copy of written instructions, check out this PDF.

We also maintain an FAQ on ways to check whether the library has the resources you searched on Google Scholar:

How do I find out if an article in Google Scholar is available in GSU’s databases?

Happy researching!

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New Database: Sex and Sexuality

Photograph from landing page of Sex and Sexuality showing crowd of people with banner.

We’re pleased to announce that the GSU Library now provides access to the Adam Matthew Digital primary resource database Sex and Sexuality

Sex and Sexuality has two modules. Module I contains the digitized research collections from the Kinsey Institute Library & Special Collections, including correspondence, research papers, and records spanning the tenures of the first three Institute directors: Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey (1947-1956), Dr. Paul H. Gebhard (1956-1982), and Dr. June Reinisch (1982-1993).

Module II: Self-Expression, Community, and Identity contains primary source documents “focused upon the lived experiences of individuals from across the spectrum of human sexuality, including heterosexual and LGBTQI+ experiences, at different times in history – specifically from the nineteenth century up to the present day.” (publisher’s information)

While Module II includes further collections from the Kinsey Institute, its focus is more on everyday experience in addition to the papers of sex researchers and medical practitioners. Module II includes primary source materials from other collections, including the USC Libraries’ ONE Archives, the National Archives UK, the Edward Carpenter Papers, the Norman Haire Collection, the National Lesbian and Gay Survey, the Anne Lister Diaries, and the British Film Institute.

Sex and Sexuality includes many manuscript (that is, handwritten) materials that are fully searchable thanks to Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology – to learn more about this technology, click here.

Document types included in Sex and Sexuality include but are not limited to:

  • Advice Columns
  • Audio
  • Conference Materials
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Financial Papers
  • Newsletters
  • Objects
  • Photographs
  • Questionnaires
  • Research Briefs
  • Sexual accounts
  • Statistics
  • Surveys
  • Unpublished Manuscripts
  • Videos

National Gay & Lesbian Survey, “Autumn Directive,” October 7, 1985, Series One Directives, 1985-1994, © Material sourced from the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex. (Image cropped for this blog post)

Before you use Sex and Sexuality: be aware that this database contains material of a sexually explicit nature. Content includes, but is not limited to, descriptions and imagery of sexual violence; non-consensual sexual activity; sexual activity including minors; surgery and suicide. You will be asked to verify that you are of the age of consent in the country that you are in before you are allowed into this database.

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Congrats to our Summer/Fall 2020 RDS@GSU Data Certificate awardees!

The Library’s Research Data Services (RDS) Team completed another successful round of the RDS@GSU Data Certificate program. A whopping 127 people earned certificates in the Summer/Fall 2020 certificate period. Because we’re all about data, we want to share some data about our 127 awardees to highlight their accomplishment.

To earn the RDS@GSU Data Certificate: Awardees had to attend, either in-person or online, a minimum of five unique Research Data Services (RDS) workshops offered in the areas of data analysis toolsmethods for data analysis & collection, or mapping & data visualization during the certificate period. Awardees were sent PDFs of their certificates, listing the individual workshops they attended.

Our 127 RDS@GSU Data Certificate awardees attended 886 workshops in total, averaging almost 7 workshops per awardee. Awardees attended workshops across a wide variety of topics offered by the RDS Team, with the Python, R, and Tableau workshops being most popular among awardees.

While 64 (50.4%) completed the required minimum of five workshops, the remaining 63 (49.6%) awardees attended six or more — with the honor of “most attended workshops” going to an awardee who attended 24 workshops. Quite impressive!

Georgia State University (GSU) students were the largest awardee group, representing 89 (70.07%) of the total awardees, with 61 (48.03%) graduate students, 24 (18.90%) undergraduates, and 4 (3.15%) post-baccalaureate. GSU staff, faculty, visiting scholars, and alumni represented 9 (7.08%) of the total awardees. Non-GSU awardees represented a sizable portion, at 29 (22.83%) of the total awardees.

All of the GSU Colleges and Schools had representation among our awardees – as did some administrative offices and the University Library (“Other GSU” category below). The Robinson College of Business (RCB) had the most representation, followed closely by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS).

Varieties of academic departments were represented from the various GSU Colleges & Schools.

Because of the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, we weren’t able to have our certificate ceremony — but here is a virtual cake to congratulate our data nerds!

Congratulations to our 127 RDS@GSU Data Certificate awardees!

We commend you for your commitment to becoming data savvy, and we know what you’ve learned will benefit you in your studies and career.

Interested in getting RDS@GSU Data Certified?

Learn more here.

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Library Essentials: A Virtual Workshop Series

In late Fall 2020, a group of librarians at Perimeter College got together to brainstorm how to better virtually engage with the GSU community.  Our goals were to have a major reset from the year 2020 and provide GSU students helpful, hands-on, and practical information to jumpstart their 2021 school year.  And best of all, perhaps it could count as extra credit!      

What resulted from those conversations was a large and diverse array of workshops in topics that ranged from time management, research basics, study skills, and software & citation help. 

Enter, the Library Essentials workshop series!  All workshops are offered virtually on WebEx and are open to all GSU faculty, staff, and students.  For more information, you can follow the schedule on GSU Library’s social media, or directly at

Upcoming workshops


How-to: Personal Finance

Learn about budgeting, credit and other finance basics. It’s never too late to get “money” smart! [February 4 @ 7pm | Register]

Canva Workshop

Learn how to beautify your presentation slides and other assignments with Canva. Canva is an easy to use graphic design tool that allows you to give your homework a professional look! [February 10 @ 10am | Register ; February 16th @ 3pm | Register]

Up Close: Business Source Complete Database

Explore the content and mechanics of Business Source Complete, a scholarly business database that provides full-text access to many peer-reviewed business-related journals, including disciplines such as marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics [February 17 at 7pm | Register]

Up Close: ERIC and ProQuest’s Education Database

Explore research in the field of education and the mechanics of ERIC and the ProQuest Education databases. Users will learn about two resources that provide access to education-related literature and publications. [February 18 at 7pm | Register]

Up Close: CINAHL Plus

Explore the content and mechanics of using CINAHL Plus. CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, and allied health disciplines, providing access to journals, books, dissertations, standards of practice. [February 24 @ 7pm | Register]

Up Close: Using the Statistical Abstract of the United States

Explore the content and mechanics of the Statistical Abstract of the United States. This is a well-known and highly -valued cross-disciplinary resource that provides a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. [February 25 @ 7pm | Register]


Wizardry with MS-Word

Unlock Word’s power. Demystify the Ribbon. Learn to open and save Word files from and in a variety of formats. Format hanging indents for Works Cited and reference list. Format outlines and bulleted lists. Also learn about graphics, templates, styles, and more. [March 1 @ 10:30am | Register]

Library Research 101

Have you gotten a research assignment and have no idea where to start? Come join Sheeji Kathuria as she introduces you to the best places to start your research. No question is too basic; tell us what you’re working on and we’ll get you started! [March 2 at 2pm | Register]

How-to: Annotated Bibliographies

Learn how to build an annotated bibliography. See how library resources and tools can make this type of assignment even easier! [March 3 @ 7pm | Register]

Up Close: Films on Demand

Explore the content and mechanics of the Films on Demand database. Films on Demand is a repository featuring images from some of the world’s leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists, facilitating research and education. Users will learn how to navigate the database, best searching practices, accessibility features, and how to create their own segments for assignment usage. [March 4 @ 7pm | Register]

MLA Citation Workshop

Avoid and fix common citation issues. Modify automatically created citations created with library databases. Create citations from scratch using MLA 8th edition cheat sheets. Keep track of web pages, articles, and ebooks so you can cite them later. Create citations for web pages, images, YouTube videos, and authors quoted in your textbook. [March 5 @ 3:30pm | Register]

Conquering Windows 10

Learn to organize your documents, assignments, and files on your computer. Open files your way and save them where you want, and never lose a file again. Also declutter your desktop, tame your tiles, and beautify/personalize your work and study environment. [March 11 @ 1:30pm | Register]

MLA How-To

We will introduce you to the basic rules of citing using MLA 8th edition. Feel free to bring any of the MLA questions you have as you are writing your paper! Co-hosted with the Learning & Tutoring Center. [March 30 at 2pm | Register]


Easy Citing with Zotero

Come learn about a free and easy to use tool to help you cite your research in one click! Zotero is a digital tool that integrates with your browser, allows you to save all of your resources into a personal database, and then literally cites as you write! Citing has never been so quick and easy. [April 6 at 2pm | Register]

Past Workshops: 

Conquering Windows 10
Get Organized!
Pomodoro Time Management
Wizardry with MS-Word
Can you Believe it?! What’s Real, What’s Fake, What’s Scholarly?
Finding Study Materials and Test Prep Help (Online and Print)
Career Research
Let the Library Host your Next Movie Night
How-to: Lab Report Basics
How-to: Personal Finance
Canva Workshop
Up Close: PubMed Database
Up Close: APA PsycInfo Database

We hope to continue offer these in the future and eventually in-person based on attendee feedback and community interest! 

The full schedule and registration information can be found at: or follow GSU Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.

Click here for a full list of Library Workshops.

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It’s time to celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, the annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to history. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week”, created by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African American figures in 1926. This event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures.  By the late 1960s, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, and every president since Ford has designated February as Black History Month.   

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, the Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility committee (DIA) is determined to make the most of it! We’ve gathered information on different holidays, resources, and events for Black History Month to help you learn and celebrate for the next 28 days! 

  • National Freedom Day: February 1st, celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865. 
  • Georgia State’s 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Events: 
  • The Multicultural Center is holding events throughout the month of February including Music Mondays, Pop Talks, Culture Café and more. Information on these events and more can be found on the Multicultural Center’s website.  
  • GSU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion celebrates the role and contribution of black Americans on the history of the United States:  
  • GSU Library Research Guides for  African American Studies and African History  

Websites to check out: 

Make sure to stop by some of our displays across our campus libraries.

Newton Campus Library
Clarkston Campus Library
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Attend Data Workshops and Get RDS@GSU Data Certified!

The Georgia State University Library’s Research Data Services (RDS) Team offers a wide variety of workshops on data analysis tools & methods, mapping & data visualization, finding data & statistics, and data collection. This Spring 2021 semester the RDS Team is offering 42 live online workshops — some of which are “Data After Dark” evening workshops to better accommodate your busy daytime schedules. And we also offer recorded versions of our workshopsso you can learn new data skills at your convenience, any time, any place!


You can get RDS@GSU Data Certified!

IMPORTANT: All the pertinent details and requirements for certification are available at — please read them carefully, but below is the gist:

  • Find RDS workshop listings on the Library Calendar
    • look for the logo with the GET DATA CERTIFIED seal, or
    • filter by: Category = Data Services Workshops.
  • OR, watch the recorded versions of our workshops.
    • Yes, watching recorded workshops also counts toward certification.
  • Attend a minimum of five unique RDS workshops during the certification period.
    • Be sure to check-in using the check-in form provided during the live workshops and in the recorded workshops so that your attendance gets counted!
    • Also be sure to read all the stipulations on the website ( for when certification periods begin and end, what counts as “unique,” and so on.
  • If you’ve attended a minimum five unique RDS workshops during the certification period, you get certified!
    • At the end of the certification period, we’ll tally attendance to determine who should be awarded certificates.
    • If you’ve made your minimum five, you will receive a PDF version of the certificate via email.​

Yes, it’s that easy! And by getting RDS@GSU Data Certified, you demonstrate to potential employers that you are committed to growing the data skills that they look for in hires. Here is what some of the RDS@GSU Data Certificate awardees have said about the experience:

The certificate is a great opportunity to become a more competitive candidate while applying for a job. The workshops were very interactive.

I thought the RDS@GSU Data Certification incentivized my participation in the RDS workshops. The workshops themselves were great and it definitely helped me brush up on prior skills and knowledge.

Certification looks amazing on resumes, I also found what was covered useful to my practice of SAS & SPSS.

It is essential for me as a student majoring in Epidemiology. I will be involved in research, and the only way to answer some of the world’s health problems is making sense out of data. I’m confident this certificate will prove useful for me in getting a job. The entire program is flexible, and the materials are very helpful in understanding the course content.

So, get RDS@GSU Data Certified! 

Why should you attend the Research Data Services (RDS) Team’s data workshops?

Data skills — even just basic data skills — are highly valued by today’s employers — being called “the most lucrative skill[s] to have” and “the most valuable skill[s] you can learn.” So, attending our data workshops will give you a leg up once you’re out there looking for a job.

Best of all, our data workshops are all free.

You may be thinking, “So what if they’re free?” Well, we researched how much workshops on our various topics would cost out in the real-world market, and what we found may make you re-think that “so what” reaction:

  • You could expect to pay $110 on average for a 1.5-hour workshop (the typical length of our workshops).
  • You could pay as low as $61/1.5-hour workshop, or as high as $200/1.5-hour workshop.

In other words, our free workshops are clearly quite a bargain and something you should be taking advantage of while you can…

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Special Collections 50th Anniversary Kicks Off with Digital Exhibit and Community Panel!

It’s exciting to begin our 50th anniversary celebrations by launching our latest exhibit “Bridging Communities: 50 Years of Collecting at GSU.” This exhibit features just a few stories from our collections that highlight key themes across our nine collecting areas. We look forward to opening the physical exhibit later this year when it is safe to re-open our exhibit gallery to the public.

Since we could not have a public opening, I am delighted to share this compelling Zoom conversation with six of our remarkable community partners and donors. In this conversation, I asked why archives are important to these donors and their communities. The conversation that followed touched on a wide range of urgent questions, such as: why are immigrant stories important? What happens to the stories of all those lives cut short by AIDS? How do we document the brave women activists from rural Georgia who sacrificed so much with little notice from national or urban media outlets? I found this conversation to be genuinely affecting and am grateful to the panelists for their time and thoughtful responses. I hope you’ll take the time to watch this panel to see the vital work our partners are doing in and around Atlanta!

Over the past year, we have been interviewing previous archivists at GSU in preparation for our 50th anniversary. When asked their favorite part of working at GSU, most archivists responded that working with community partners was the most fulfilling part of their jobs. There are amazing people behind each of the millions of objects, images, manuscripts, films, and more in our nine collecting areas. We, in Special Collections, are genuinely honored by the trust these individuals and communities have given to us to preserve their stories and make them available to a world-wide audience.


Franklin Abbott: Long term community activist in the LGBTQ+ community as well as our first donor to our Gender and Sexuality Collections.

Tyson Deal: Curator of her father Steve Deal’s expansive photographic collection from his work as photographer for the AJC. We have not processed this collection yet, but you can see some of Mr. Deal’s wonderful photos on our Digital Collections website.

Lucy Draper: founding mother of our Women’s Collections and the Lucy Hargrett Draper Collections on Women’s Rights, Advocacy and the Law.

Lily Pabian: Executive Director of We Love BuHI.

Bob Scarr: founding archivist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Judith Thompson: CEO of the South Carolina Nurses Association.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: January 18, 2021

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MLK Jr. Day events on campus and in the community.

Monday, January 18, 2021, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Although Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday in January. Meant to be “a day on, not a day off,” this is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.

Georgia State University is hosting multiple events in commemoration of Dr. King, beginning on January 18 and extending into February, which is Black History Month. Important events include:

For more information about these events and other local and community events, please visit GSU’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s MLK Commemoration Page at

The GSU Library has many resources to help you learn more about Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement, and Black activism today. Here is a list of newly required resources on these topics:

About Dr. King

About the Civil Rights Movement

Black Activism Today

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Show off your data literacy skills — and win $$$ — in the GSU Undergraduate Get Data Lit! Contest!

Are you a GSU Undergraduate or Dual Undergraduate-Graduate student? Do you get annoyed with news/memes/opinions that are not backed up with any data/statistics, or that offer data/statistics that are questionable or misrepresented? Do you get fired up to look for data/statistics to refute what you’re seeing, or to verify it, or to explore it more deeply?

If so…

The GSU Undergraduate Get Data Lit! Contest is for YOU!

$$$ PRIZES $$$

Three (3) Separate Prizes valued at $75 each* + Certificates of Participation for All Contestants

Contest in a Nutshell:

  1. Aspiring contestants (currently enrolled Undergraduates or Dual Undergraduate-Graduate Students only) find something they saw via social media/media that makes them want to take a deeper dive into data/statistics/scholarly research related to it.
  2. They find data/statistics/scholarly research sources to dig deeper into the item they picked – for example, sources to refute it, or verify it, or dig deeper into its nuances.
  3. They submit entries, and ten (10) are selected to compete in the contest.
  4. Selected contestants create and record a brief presentation (10 minutes maximum length) that they will submit for the contest.
  5. Three contestants are awarded prizes valued at $75 each*, and all contestants are given certificates of participation.


*NOTE: Prizes are required to be awarded as financial aid; therefore, winners must be eligible for financial aid to accept a prize. Postbaccalaureate and Transient students are typically not eligible for financial aid; therefore, prizes cannot be awarded to students with this status. Even so, Postbaccalaureate and Transient students are still eligible to submit entries and compete in the contest if they wish, with the understanding that they will not be able to receive prizes.

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