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Digital Citizenship Workshop Series

Workshop Descriptions

Citations in the Wild: Wrangling Your Citations with Zotero

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Do you need help organizing your research? Join us for a workshop on Zotero, a free, open-source program for saving citations and creating bibliographies. It’s easy enough for students to learn quickly, but powerful enough for dissertations, theses, and capstone projects. Learn how to use and integrate Zotero into your research assignments. Please visit our Zotero Guide for more information: https://libguides.lmu.edu/zotero/workshop

  • 4:30pm - Drop-in help for  installing Zotero (optional)
  • 5:00pm - Zotero Presentation

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Rise Against the Machines: Understanding Algorithmic Bias
Wednesday, March, 29, 2023 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Algorithms are everywhere in our daily life. Amazon makes recommendations for books. Netflix recommends movies. News and trending stories appear on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Algorithms determine what information we see, and in what order. This includes search engines like Google, Google Scholar, and library databases.

A 2020 study found that college students placed trust in Google as "the arbiter of truth." But is this trust misplaced? Algorithms are designed by humans and therefore reflect the assumptions and biases of their designers.  Algorithms are not neutral, but this does not mean they are not useful tools for research or everyday life. It helps to know their limitations and biases.

In this workshop, you will learn how algorithms can perpetuate bias and discrimination, and you will identify the potential causes of algorithmic bias as well as some preventive strategies. This event is open to all LMU students.

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