Galvin Library Workshop Series: Creating strong, evidence-based proposals, theses, and other documents.

Don’t let your good ideas get dismissed as unsubstantiated simply because you didn’t do the background work to find supporting evidence.

In this series of workshops, you’ll learn how to craft strong proposals, theses / dissertations, and other professional or academic papers and presentations that place your ideas in context and clearly show that your ideas have merit.

The series is in three stand-alone sections, each about one hour long, and offered twice each semester. You must register for each part separately.

Part 1: Structuring Any Document or Presentation Using the CARS Approach

Monday, September 26 11:15 a.m–12:30 p.m.

Monday, October 24 1:50–3:05 p.m.

CARS (Creating A Research Space) is a method of organizing research papers, but it has much broader applications. In this workshop you’ll learn how to use CARS to provide structure to your professional or academic documents.

Part 2: Finding and Vetting External Documents or Data as Evidence to Support Your Ideas

Tuesday, September 27 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24 1:50–3:05 p.m.

Lawyers make extensive use of evidence and witnesses to convince a jury of a person’s guilt or innocence. You need to do the same in your papers or presentations to convince your audience to accept your ideas and in many cases to act on them. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find and evaluate your ‘witnesses’ and ‘evidence’ to prove your case.

Part 3: Citing Evidence as Proof

Friday, September 30 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Friday, October 28 1:50–3:05 p.m.

For maximum impact, any external documentation you find and use needs to be clearly cited so your audience knows who or what you’re referring to, and so they can review that information for themselves if they have doubts. The workshop will NOT cover specific style guides, such as APA or MLA.

As an additional tool for citing evidence as proof, the library offers regular workshops on using Zotero, an automated citation management and formatting system. For more information see here.