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Data Mangement Plan: Why plan? Briefing for 1st year PhD students

For: Date: Time: Location: 1st yr PGRs
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Building 27 Room 2001 (L/R 1)
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All 1st year PhD’s are required to create a Data Management Plan (DMP). Keeping your data safe, findable and re-usable is essential to good research. Planning this from the start helps not only the sharing of data in the longer-term, but ensures that it is available for you as the primary researcher to find and use as you begin to write up your thesis or article.

Research Data Mangement: What funders expect and what you need to do

For: Date: Time: Location: Late stage PGRs and staff
Monday, October 21, 2019
14:00 - 15:00
Building 85 Room 2213
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Research data management is about good research practice. 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. Staff please book through staffbook https://www.staffbook.soton.ac.uk/

How to make the most of Open Access Publishing

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGR students and staff
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
10:30 - 12:30
National Oceanographic Library, Red Room
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An introduction to open access publishing including how to make your research outputs open access, an overview of funder policies and information on how to find and use open access articles. By the end of the session you should be able to: - Describe open access publishing and its benefits - Appraise appropriate routes to open access publishing to meet your funder requirements - Use Pure (our research management system) to upload your research outputs - Locate open access journal articles - Know how to contact the Library for help Staff please book through staffbook https://www.staffbook.soton.ac.uk/

Critical thinking: an introduction

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Tuesday, October 22, 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.

What is Academic Writing?

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Wednesday October 23, 2019
15:00 - 16:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
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This interactive and collaborative workshop will introduce you to the concept and practice of academic writing. This is a good place to start if you’ve been assigned your first written assessment, or if you’re looking to relearn some of the basics. In the session, we’ll consider some of the underlying principles of good academic writing and also cover the main stylistic conventions to achieve a clear and formal writing style. Please note that this is an introductory session to academic writing. For more detailed guidance on specific parts of the academic writing process, take a look at our other workshops on this page.

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

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGR students
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Hartley Library, 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, including completing the Permission to Deposit Thesis form. 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.

Data Mangement Plan: Why plan? Briefing for 1st year PhD students

For: Date: Time: Location: 1st yr PGRs
Monday, October 28, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Building 46 Room 2003 (L/T B)
Book Now

All 1st year PhD’s are required to create a Data Management Plan (DMP). Keeping your data safe, findable and re-usable is essential to good research. Planning this from the start helps not only the sharing of data in the longer-term, but ensures that it is available for you as the primary researcher to find and use as you begin to write up your thesis or article.

What is Academic Writing?

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Tuesday October 29, 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
Book Now

This interactive and collaborative workshop will introduce you to the concept and practice of academic writing. This is a good place to start if you’ve been assigned your first written assessment, or if you’re looking to relearn some of the basics. In the session, we’ll consider some of the underlying principles of good academic writing and also cover the main stylistic conventions to achieve a clear and formal writing style. Please note that this is an introductory session to academic writing. For more detailed guidance on specific parts of the academic writing process, take a look at our other workshops on this page.

Critical thinking: an introduction

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Friday, October 29, 2019
13.00 - 14:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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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.

Literature searching using the Systematic Review methodology

For: Date: Time: Location: PGRs from Business, Education, Computer Science, Geography and Environmental Science who are doing a Systematic Review
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
14:00 - 16:30
Hartley Library, 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 Systematised Literature Review, sometimes also referred to as a Systematic Review. The session will focus on key databases hosted on different platforms such as Proquest, EBSCO and Web of Science

Dissertations: Finding Resources

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Friday, November 01, 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.

Bibliometrics: Measuring the impact of research

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGR students and staff
Monday, November 04, 2019
10:00 - 11:30
Hartley Library, 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 how to measure this impact, and how metrics can be used responsibly. Staff please book through staffbook https://www.staffbook.soton.ac.uk/

Finding information for your assignments

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Monday, November 04, 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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This interactive workshop will explore a variety of resources that you can use to find information for your assignments, including the library search tools WebCat and DelphiS and various open access resources. You will learn how to find specific resources such as online journal articles and ebooks. We will also briefly cover how to evaluate information and give guidance on how you can get more help or support in finding information for your assignments.

 

Critical thinking: an introduction

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
13.00 - 14:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
Book Now

 

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.

 

Data Mangement Plans & Thesis Deposit: Briefing for PhD Supervisors

For: Date: Time: Location: PhD Supervisors
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
14:00 - 15:00
Building 58 Room 1007
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Briefing for PhD supervisors

Critical Writing

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Thursday November 07, 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
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This interactive and collaborative workshop will help you to develop your understanding and application of critical analysis when writing an academic assignment. We will work towards a clearer definition of critical analysis and establish a transferable model to help guide and shape your writing in a critical fashion. We will also look at examples of academic writing to see how critical analysis can be applied in effective ways.

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Thursday, November 07, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
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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.

Systematic Reviews (Health Related): Searching the Literature

For: Date: Time: Location: All pgrs in Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences and School of Psychology
Monday, November 11, 2019
14:00 - 16:30
Hartley Library, Room 4077
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This practical course for PGR or PhD students 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.

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

For: Date: Time: Location: All PGR students
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
11:00 - 12:30
Hartley Library, Room 4075
Book Now

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, including completing the Permission to Deposit Thesis form. 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.

Finding information for your assignments

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

 

This interactive workshop will explore a variety of resources that you can use to find information for your assignments, including the library search tools WebCat and DelphiS and various open access resources. You will learn how to find specific resources such as online journal articles and ebooks. We will also briefly cover how to evaluate information and give guidance on how you can get more help or support in finding information for your assignments.

 

Structuring an Academic Assignment

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Tuesday November 12, 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
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This interactive and collaborative workshop will guide you through the process of structuring an academic assignment. In particular, the focus will be on the traditional three-part essay structure, although the content covered in the session will also be relevant to different styles and genres of academic writing. We will consider the necessary components of an introduction and conclusion. We will also cover the structural principles that govern a clear and coherent main body.

Critical Writing

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Wenesday, November 13, 2019
14:00 - 15:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
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This interactive and collaborative workshop will help you to develop your understanding and application of critical analysis when writing an academic assignment. We will work towards a clearer definition of critical analysis and establish a transferable model to help guide and shape your writing in a critical fashion. We will also look at examples of academic writing to see how critical analysis can be applied in effective ways.

Critical thinking: an introduction

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Friday, November 15, 2019
12.15 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
Book Now

 

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.

 

Finding information for your assignments

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

 

This interactive workshop will explore a variety of resources that you can use to find information for your assignments, including the library search tools WebCat and DelphiS and various open access resources. You will learn how to find specific resources such as online journal articles and ebooks. We will also briefly cover how to evaluate information and give guidance on how you can get more help or support in finding information for your assignments.

 

Structuring an Academic Assignment

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Thursday November 21, 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
Book Now

This interactive and collaborative workshop will guide you through the process of structuring an academic assignment. In particular, the focus will be on the traditional three-part essay structure, although the content covered in the session will also be relevant to different styles and genres of academic writing. We will consider the necessary components of an introduction and conclusion. We will also cover the structural principles that govern a clear and coherent main body.

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Friday, November 22, 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
Book Now

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.

Proofreading - the basics

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Tuesday November 26, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training 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
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
12:00 - 12:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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.

Critical thinking: an introduction

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
12.15 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4075
Book Now

 

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.

 

Finding information for your assignments

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Thursday, November 28, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

 

This interactive workshop will explore a variety of resources that you can use to find information for your assignments, including the library search tools WebCat and DelphiS and various open access resources. You will learn how to find specific resources such as online journal articles and ebooks. We will also briefly cover how to evaluate information and give guidance on how you can get more help or support in finding information for your assignments.

 

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Thursday, November 28, 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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.

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Thursday, December 05, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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.

Finding information for your assignments

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Friday, December 06, 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

 

This interactive workshop will explore a variety of resources that you can use to find information for your assignments, including the library search tools WebCat and DelphiS and various open access resources. You will learn how to find specific resources such as online journal articles and ebooks. We will also briefly cover how to evaluate information and give guidance on how you can get more help or support in finding information for your assignments.

 

Dissertations: Finding Resources

For: Date: Time: Location: All
Thursday, February 06, 2020
12:00 - 12:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
13:00 - 13:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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
Thursday, March 12, 2020
13:00 - 13:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
13:00 - 13:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
12:00 - 12:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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
Thursday, July 09, 2020
13:00 - 13:40
Hartley Library Training Room 4077
Book Now

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.

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Workshop exercises