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Ocean and Earth Science: Inductions

Subject guide for oceanography and earth science.

Welcome!

On this page you will find information about the planned induction sessions and online induction courses and materials for all Ocean and Earth Science students. 

Library sessions for Undergraduates

Induction week (week 0) welcome presentations

Event name Date and start time Location

Library welcome (Karen Rolfe)

Undergraduate

Geology and Geophysics

Tuesday 24 September 2019, 13:30 -14:00  166/21 Lab G1, NOCS

Library welcome (Karen Rolfe)

Undergraduate

Ocean and Marine Biology

Exchange and Erasmus

 

 Thursday 26 September 2019, 11:15-11:45

 

104/20 Charnock Lecture Theatre, NOCS

Week 2 or 3 Timetabled Library Induction Activity

Sessions will be held at the National Oceanographic Library 68/104/01.

  • Check your online timetable (login to Sussed) for the time and date of your session (sessions have been allocated by staff in central time tabling). 
  • This is a practical group activity

Library Orientation Programme 2019

  • For students taking SOES1013 and SOES1014 there will be a link to the materials on BlackBoard  in your course module.
  • You are expected to work though this programme independently
  • There are practical exercises included where you will need to email some information to your personal tutor.
  • Work through the materials over the following 4 weeks, you will need to plan time in to do this around your lectures, seminars and other activities.

For all other students who would like to complete the self guided learning programme to develop key skills and discover import information you will find the materials and exercises for this course are available from our Library Orientation Programme Libguide (opens in a new tab in your browser)

If you would like help at any time with using library resources or finding information for your subject, just email us at nol@noc.soton.ac.uk  and we'll arrange a session with you.

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Library sessions for Postgraduates

Induction session for OES Masters students (MSc/MRes) - PGT

Friday 27 September 2019: online presentations, online resources and links

Group A at 13:45-15:15 in room 121/02, NOCS

Group B at 15:30-17:00 in room 121/02, NOCS

You can revisit the induction materials at any point through out this academic year. 

Welcome to the Library

Video overview of the Library service (headphones required).

Welcome to the Library

New to the University of Southampton? Spend a few moments getting familiar with key library tools and information for all new students available from our Using the library guide
What is a subject database, and how can it help you with your research? This YouTube video (from Yavapai College Library) explains why you should use  library subject databases (if you didn't already know).
now try one of these  library subject databases ...

Subject databases for ocean and earth science are available on this subject guide (see the tab at the top of the page)

Tip: if you are using a computer with two screens - drag the sample search LibGuide to one screen so that you can see the instructions and have the database search screen open on the other screen

Google or Google Scholar... Google and Google Scholar can be good starting points for your research, but remember:
  • Don't just use Google (or Google Scholar), it is only one of your search tools. 
  • The subject databases on this subject guide will get you to good quality, peer reviewed information and you can filter the results to focus on what you need.
  • Prepare your search - have a search strategy ready.
  • Not all information is publicly available on the internet or freely available, much of the content of journals or ebooks will only be available to subscribers. If you find something that looks useful but you are being asked to pay for it check with library staff first about getting a copy via the Inter-Library Loan service
  • Carefully evaluate the information that you find.
  • Tips on Getting the best from Google [University of Bedfordshire].
Further training for PGT students See our helpful online training, you can choose to look at any or all of the tutorials.
Academic Skills

As you work through your course you may need support with academic skills. Learn more about our academic skills services including our face to face and online support.

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Induction session for OES PhD (PGR) students

Thursday 26 September 2019 : Online presentations, online resources and links

Location: 09:30-11:30 in room 121/02, NOCS

You can revisit this induction at any point throughout this academic year.

Welcome to the Library Welcome presentation - have your headphones ready [Prezi] - (10 mins) 
New to the University of Southampton? Spend a few moments getting familiar with key library tools and information for all new students available from our Using the Library LibGuide.
Research support

Introduction to research support services for OES PhD students - (you will need headphones alternatively a transcript is available on the notes tab of each slide)

Data Management Plans (DMP)

Data management is about good research practice, it is an essential building block for good research and it should be part of your everyday processes. A data management plan is a document that describes:

  • What data will be created
  • What policies will apply to the data  
  • Who will own and have access to the data
  • What data management practices will be used 
  • What facilities and equipment will be required 
  • Who will be responsible for each of these activities

All first year post graduate researchers should complete a data management plan for their research and include it as part of their first progression review, more Information on DMP for research is available online. The library has produced a template to assist you in writing your data management plan.  Not all sections will be relevant, but you should consider carefully each section.

Data management courses (plus many more) are available via Gradbook, have a look at the courses available and book one.

Subject support Overview online presentation - Top tips for new PhD students [Note: best viewed in Chrome]. Text only version [PDF]
Subject databases try one of these...

Tip: if you are using a computer with two screens - drag the sample search LibGuide to one screen so that you can see the instructions and have the database search screen open on the other screen

Advice from other PhD students at NOCS See our presentation for advice on Keeping on Track with your PhD which has been created in collaboration with a group of current PhD students at NOCS. [Note: best viewed in Chrome]
Finding Open Access material

Articles can be made open access (OA) on a journals website (this means they are gold OA) or via institutional and subject repositories (making them green OA, often involving an embargo set by the journal).

There are tools available to locate open access material whether it is available as gold via the journals website or green via an institutional or subject repository.

  • Unpaywall, OA Button and CORE Discovery (in beta) are all Chrome extensions that find legal open access copies of individual articles from both publishers and repositories.
  • Kopernio: a Chrome extension that finds articles from our library subscriptions and open access versions.
  • Google: if you find an article that is behind a paywall, try copy & pasting the article title into a search engine. If there is a copy in a repository it will often display on the first page of search results. 
  • Interlibrary loan: if you can’t find a legal open access version, use the library interlibrary loan service and we will source a copy, often within 24 hours. Please do not spend your own money, or grant money, on journal articles.
Academic Skills

As you work through your course you may need support with academic skills such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Presentations
  • Academic writing

 Learn more about our academic skills services including our face to face and online support.

Next Self-guided tour of the National Oceanographic Library
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