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Researcher Tools, Services and Support

The purpose of this guide is to provide resources and information to the UMass Medical School community about the Library's research and scholarly communication services.


Upcoming Seminars

Introduction to R and RStudio

Online: Friday, April 26, 2024 at 12-1:30pm on Zoom

In-person: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 12-1:30pm in Goff Room 309 B & C (2nd floor, Medical School Building)

Always wanted to learn R to make your research more reproducible but did not know where to start? This hands-on workshop is designed for those who have never coded in R before or could use a refresher of the basics. The workshop will cover math operations, comparison operators, R vectors, variable creation, print statements, reading files into and writing files from R, dataframe basics, and creating basic charts. You will need to use your own computer and download R and RStudio before the workshop, please follow Library Carpentry’s instructions, If you are using a UMass Chan computer, you will need to contact IT for administrative permissions to download RStudio. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the instructor, Tess Grynoch,, for assistance with the download. She will also be available for 30 minutes prior to the workshop to troubleshoot the downloads.

Register for the online workshop on April 26

Register for the in-person workshop on April 30

Communicating your findings effectively and reproducibly using R and ggplot2

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 12-1pm

During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn tips and tricks for creating effective charts in R and create basic charts in R using the ggplot2 package. The workshop will cover best practices for chart layout, color choices, labeling, and visualizing data responsibly. All experience levels with R are welcome. Attendees will be required to download R and RStudio prior to the workshop.


Workshop Recordings and Slides

Introduction to Systematic and Scoping Reviews

Health Data Highlights of ICPSR

Finding Data: A Workshop

Previously recorded on June 2022. Slides from 2024 workshop.


Workshop Recordings

Putting your best academic foot forward: Managing your Scholarly Profile

Perfecting your NIH Biosketch: A SciENcv Workshop

Perfecting your NSF Biographical Sketch: A SciENcv Workshop

Introduction to Library Research Support: Start the academic year by discovering new resources for your UMass Chan success

Preprints: Accelerating the availability of research

eScholarship@UMassChan: Share UMass Chan Research with the World

Say it with Pictures: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Data Visualization and Visual Abstracts

Recording from a repeat presentation for the Advance faculty development series

Change is in the Air: New NIH Data Sharing Requirements and How to Meet Them

The following recording is for a previous iteration of this webinar recorded on December 6, 2022.

Using the DMPTool for your NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan


Workshop Recordings

Perfecting your Biosketch: A SciENcv Workshop

Citation Manager Workshop: Zotero and Endnote

Research Data Management 101: Elements of a Data Management and Sharing Plan

Cleaning Data Using OpenRefine

Finding Data

You've got the data, now what? Communicating your findings effectively with Excel charts

You’ve got the data, now what? Communicating your findings effectively and reproducibly using charts produced with R and ggplot2


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