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E-thesis: What you need to know from the start

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGRs
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
11:00 - 12:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
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This session won’t tell you how to write your thesis but it will cover the practical things of preparing a thesis for deposit in our Institutional Repository. Preparation is the key and it is never too soon to start clearing third party copyright materials, using the thesis templates, organising references, research notes or research data.

Research Data Management: What you need to know from the start

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGRs
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Building 06 Room 1081
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Research data management is about good research practice. Research data comes in many forms and this lunchtime briefing will cover principles that apply to all types of data including annotations on texts, scanned images, notes and observations, pictures, sound as well as spreadsheets. The purpose of research data management is to enable researchers to create high quality research that is reliable, reproducible and retrievable. Greater emphasis is being placed on research data as an output and increasingly Governments and Funders have the expectation that data, created through research they have funded, will be made available for future research.

Referencing and avoiding plaigiarism

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
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In academic writing it is essential that you acknowledge the sources of your information and ideas, both in your text through in-text citations and in a bibliography or reference list at the end of your work. This session covers the basics of referencing; what it is, why you should do it and which style you should be using. Examples given use a variety of styles including the Harvard style. There will be time for questions and to practice what you have learnt via some short activities within the session.

How to make the most of Open Access publishing

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGRs
Friday, May 03, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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"An introduction to open access publication and how to make your work available in this way, including what the benefits are to you as a researcher, what open access policies you may be required to follow and what funds are available to support open access publication. By the end of the session: • You’ll be able to confidently describe open access, • You’ll be aware of the benefits of publishing open access, • You’ll know how to make your work open access, • You will have been introduced to Pure (our research management system), • You'll know how to find open access journal articles • You’ll need to know where to ask for help."

Bibliometrics: Measuring the impact of research

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGRs
Thursday, May 09, 2019
10:00 - 11:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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Measuring research impact is increasingly important - and can be applied to journals, researchers and even whole departments or universities. This session will give you an understanding of the importance and key principles of bibliometrics - a key technique for measuring this impact.

Proofreading - the basics

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Thursday, May 09, 2019
12:15 - 13:00
Hartley Library, Room 4077
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This session explains the differences between editing and proofreading. It will focus on giving practical tips for proofreading your written work to pick up errors in spelling, formatting, punctuation etc.

Critical thinking: an introduction

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
14:00 - 15:00
Hartley Library, Training Room 4075
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A brief introduction to the idea of critical thinking - what it is, why you need to do it and how to go about it. This session will introduce you to the main concepts and suggest resources to help you improve your skills. There will be time to practice what you have learnt via some short activities within the session.

E-thesis: What you need to know from the start

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGRs
Thursday, May 16, 2019
09:30 - 11:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
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This session won’t tell you how to write your thesis but it will cover the practical things of preparing a thesis for deposit in our Institutional Repository. Preparation is the key and it is never too soon to start clearing third party copyright materials, using the thesis templates, organising references, research notes or research data.

Research Data Management: What you need to know from the start

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGRs
Friday, May 17, 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Building 67 Room 1023
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Research data management is about good research practice. Research data comes in many forms and this lunchtime briefing will cover principles that apply to all types of data including annotations on texts, scanned images, notes and observations, pictures, sound as well as spreadsheets. The purpose of research data management is to enable researchers to create high quality research that is reliable, reproducible and retrievable. Greater emphasis is being placed on research data as an output and increasingly Governments and Funders have the expectation that data, created through research they have funded, will be made available for future research.

Proofreading - the basics

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
12:15 - 13:00
Hartley Library, Room 4075
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This session explains the differences between editing and proofreading. It will focus on giving practical tips for proofreading your written work to pick up errors in spelling, formatting, punctuation etc.

Systematic Reviews (Health related): searching the literature

For: Date: Time: Location: PGRs from Medicine, Health Sciences and Psychology
Monday, June 10, 2019
14:00 - 16:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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This practical course will show you some important tools and techniques to help you create a search strategy suitable for use in a Systematic Review. The session will focus on health related databases hosted on EBSCO, OVID and Web of Science platforms.

Combining structure and formatting in your dissertation (Word for PC)

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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Learn about best practice when formatting a long and structured document such as a dissertation. This is the first of three sessions on using Word for PC to create your dissertation. This hands-on workshop allows you to get the very best out of Word functionality. By the end of the session you will have an understanding of what Styles are and why they are key to using Word; how to apply and modify key Styles; make use of the additional benefits of Styles - Navigation Pane, Table of Contents, Cross-reference and accessibility features.

E-thesis: What you need to know from the start

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGRs
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
14:00 - 15:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
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This session won’t tell you how to write your thesis but it will cover the practical things of preparing a thesis for deposit in our Institutional Repository. Preparation is the key and it is never too soon to start clearing third party copyright materials, using the thesis templates, organising references, research notes or research data.

Using tables and graphics in your dissertation (Word for PC)

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Friday, June 14, 2019
12:30 - 14:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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Learn about best practice in Word (for PC) when including data or graphical evidence. Such objects should be clearly labelled, referenced and made accessibility compliant. This is the second of three hands-on sessions using Word for PC to create your dissertation. This session is all about ensuring that you can: convert text to tables; repeat your table's header row; sort data inside a table; use referencing tools such as captions, cross-references and tables of figures; add accessibility features.

Critical thinking: an introduction

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Friday, June 14, 2019
12:15 - 13:00
Hartley Library, Training Room 4075
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A brief introduction to the idea of critical thinking - what it is, why you need to do it and how to go about it. This session will introduce you to the main concepts and suggest resources to help you improve your skills. There will be time to practice what you have learnt via some short activities within the session.

Dissertation page layout (Word for PC)

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
12:30 - 14:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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Learn about best practice in Word (for PC) when using page layout features. This is the third of three hands-on sessions using Word for PC to create your dissertation. This session is all about ensuring that you can correctly set up your file paper size and margins; create landscape pages for large tables or diagrams; create running content such as page headers and page numbering; ensure content that you want to appear together stays together.

Proofreading - the basics

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Thursday, June 20, 2019
12:15 - 13:00
Hartley Library, Room 4075
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This session explains the differences between editing and proofreading. It will focus on giving practical tips for proofreading your written work to pick up errors in spelling, formatting, punctuation etc.

Dissertations: Finding Resources

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Thursday, June 20, 2019
13:00 - 13:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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Move away from Google and identify relevant scholarly resources such as journal articles, books, conference proceedings and reports using subject databases and other reliable sources. You will learn about evaluating web pages, the basics of referencing, and how to access resources from our collections and beyond.

Dissertations: Finding Resources

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
12:00 - 12:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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Move away from Google and identify relevant scholarly resources such as journal articles, books, conference proceedings and reports using subject databases and other reliable sources. You will learn about evaluating web pages, the basics of referencing, and how to access resources from our collections and beyond.

Proofreading - the basics

For: Date: Time: Location: All students
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
12:15 - 13:00
Hartley Library, Room 4075
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This session explains the differences between editing and proofreading. It will focus on giving practical tips for proofreading your written work to pick up errors in spelling, formatting, punctuation etc.

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