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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 25 September 2018, 13:30 -14:00  166/21 Lab G1, NOCS

Library welcome (Karen Rolfe)

Undergraduate

Ocean and Marine Biology

Exchange and Erasmus

 

 Thursday 27 September 2018, 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 will be allocated by staff in central time tabling). 
  • This is a practical group activity for:-
    • All Ocean and Earth Science students taking either module SOES1013 or SOES1014
    • Undergraduate Credit and Science without Borders programmes 4911 and 5868.
    • MSci Biology and Marine Biology programme 5867
    • Natural Science – NATS1004

Library Orientation Programme 2018

  • 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 to 6 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 28 September 2018: online presentations, online resources and links

Group 1 at 13:45-15:15 in room 121/02, NOCS

Group 2 at 15:30-16:00 in room 121/02, NOCS

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 Getting Started guide
Online training for PGT students See our helpful online training, you can choose to look at any or all of the tutorials
What is a subject database, and how can it help you with your research? This YouTube video (from Yavapai College Library) gives you an overview of what you can expect to find in library subject databases
More about subject databases, now try one of these...

The recommended subject databases for ocean and earth science are available on your 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 as they will give you an overview of what published material exists on your topic, but remember:

  • Don't just use Google (or Google Scholar), it is just one of your search tools, use the library resources as well including the subject databases.
  • 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
  • See these helpful tips on Getting the best from Google [University of Bedfordshire].
Academic Skills

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

  • Critical thinking
  • Presentations
  • Academic writing
  • Citing and referencing

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

Your feedback

Please complete our short survey to give us your feedback on the whole of the session. The code to include on the online form is: SOESPGMSC

Next Self-guided tour of the National Oceanographic Library

Induction session for OES PhD (PGR) students

Friday 28 September 2018 : 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 Getting started 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)
Subject support Overview online presentation - (you will need headphones alternatively a transcript is available on the notes tab of each slide)
What is a subject database, and how can it help you with your research? This YouTube video (from Yavapai College Library) gives you an overview of what you can expect to find in library subject databases
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
If you are using Google or Google Scholar...

Google and Google Scholar can be good starting points for your research as they will give you an overview of what published material exists on your topic, but remember:

  • Don't just use Google (or Google Scholar), it is just one of your search tools, use the library resources as well including the subject databases.
  • 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
  • See these helpful tips on Getting the best from Google [University of Bedfordshire].
‚ÄčAcademic 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.

Your feedback

Please complete our short survey to give us your feedback on the whole of the session. The code to include on the online form is: SOESPGPHD

Next Self-guided tour of the National Oceanographic Library
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