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Research Bootcamp for Research Assistants & Teaching Assistants

Literature reviews, library research, information management and more.

Welcome to the 6th annual Research Bootcamp for Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students. This year, Research Bootcamp will be offered as a series of online modules via Brightspace. Modules will include short video lectures and interactive exercises to help you brush up on your literature searching, information management, and research skills. 

From May 25-June 29, 2020, modules will be posted weekly to Brightspace.

Objectives & outcomes

The objective of the Bootcamp is to develop and/or refresh the literature searching and information management abilities of research assistants, teaching assistants, and graduate students. 


  • Greater knowledge of information sources and services available from the Dalhousie Libraries
  • Working knowledge of how to efficiently and effectively conduct a literature search in a field of interest
  • Understanding of how to manage and present information once found
  • Understanding of the requirements around copyright
  • Greater knowledge of author rights and requirements


Research Bootcamp 2020 is being offered completely online as a series of 7 units:

  1. Core Skills 1: Getting started with research
  2. Core Skills 2: The literature review
  3. Core Skills 3: Citation management & copyright
  4. Subject-specific searching
  5. Managing research data
  6. Research synthesis methods
  7. Publishing & presenting research

Each of these units includes its own set of informative and interactive modules for participants to complete depending on their interests. Please note, the Core Skills units form the foundation on which the other content is built. As this is core material, we strongly recommend that all participants complete the modules in these units. For more information about all units and related modules, visit the Module Overviews & Schedule page of this guide.

Format: The modules will include short lectures/demonstrations and hands-on exercises with an emphasis on active learning. 

Presenters: Specialists from the Dalhousie Libraries and the Writing Centre will present the sessions.