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Q&A Systematic reviews

Date: 02/02/2024 and every Friday until 21/06 13:00 - 13:45 Live Register

This drop-in Q&A session is open to everyone undertaking a systematic review and would like help refining their search strategy. Come along with your questions! We also offer 1:1 sessions for those who would like additional support. 

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Q&A Research Data Management

Date: 21/02/2024 13:00 - 13:45 Live Register

These weekly Q&A sessions, run by our specialist research data librarians, are for any member of staff or postgraduate researcher with questions about data management, including data management plans for grant proposals and projects, data storage, post-project data sharing of datasets.

Bring your data management plan questions to the research data team.

PGRs are recommneded to complete the Blackboard course before attendance.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Copyright and your thesis

Date: 28/02/2024 10:30 - 11:30 Live Register

In this workshop we will cover, etheses and open licences, and how to use content legally in your thesis with copyright exceptions or clearance. You will also learn how to reuse your publications and avoid self-plagiarism. There will be time at the end of the workshop to ask questions.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Q&A Research Data Management

Date: 28/02/2024 13:00 - 13:45  Live Register

These weekly Q&A sessions, run by our specialist research data librarians, are for any member of staff or postgraduate researcher with questions about data management, including data management plans for grant proposals and projects, data storage, post-project data sharing of datasets.

Bring your data management plan questions to the research data team.

PGRs are recommneded to complete the Blackboard course before attendance.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Introduction to Assessing Research Using Metrics

Date: 06/03/2024 14:00 - 15:00 Live Register

The session will provide an introduction to bibliometrics & the University's Responsible Metrics Policy, provide guidance on how to use the digital tools available  and have time for questions. Please can attendees have a title of one of their articles (preferably a few months old) to hand to use in the digital tool section.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Dissertation Festival: Formatting Your Dissertation Like a Microsoft Office Specialist Part 2

Date: 12/03/2024 15:00 - 16:00 Live Register

Do you need support with formatting your dissertation? Inserting an image for it to move your text? Don’t know how to build an automatic table of contents?

Come along to Part 2 of Formatting your dissertation like a Microsoft Office Specialist. This in-person workshop will show you how to structure sections of your dissertation, insert media without breaking your content structure, add a contents page with auto-numbering headings and page numbers and include non-standard text characters and equations.

There will also be time for an Ask me Anything, where you can ask me questions about your dissertation structure!

Building 100 / Room 8011

 

Dissertation Festival: Critical thinking - what it is and why it matters

Date: 13/03/2024 11:00 - 12:00 Live Register

Are you working on your dissertation and looking for support with critical thinking? This in-person workshop is designed to introduce you to these skills, explore what critical thinking is, why you need it and how to put it into practice. This session is a repeat of the workshop offered at our November Festival.

What to expect: 

  • Explore the main concepts of critical thinking

  • Recommend techniques and resources to help improve your skills 

  • Opportunities to practice what you have learnt with short activities 

  • Share critical thinking tips with other students 

Space is limited, so register now to secure your spot in this workshop. As spaces are limited, please only book if you can attend.

B29 / 2075

 

Dissertation Festival: Coaching the dissertation: The Final Stretch

Date: 14/03/2024 11:00 - 12:00 Live Register

Are you gearing up for the final stretch of your dissertation journey? Maybe there’s a particular issue you are wrestling with – or perhaps you just need some extra motivation to make it over the finish line. Either way, help is at hand! This in-person, interactive workshop will use the TGROW coaching model to help you push through any problems you might be facing and encourage you to feel more in control during these final few weeks. Using a specially-formulated series of questions, you will work on your own and with others to explore any issues, brainstorm personalised solutions and plan the best way forward for you. 

Building 04 / Room 4003

 

Dissertation Festival: English for Academic Purposes Toolkit 

Date: 18/03/2024 13:00 - 14:00 Live Register

Are you working on your dissertation and looking for online resources to help you with your dissertation writing? This online session will introduce you to the newly-upgraded EAP Toolkit and the resources within it that you can benefit from at your own pace.

 What to expect:

  •  An introduction to accessing and using the Dissertation Toolkit
  • Guidance on resources for dissertation writing
  •  A short demonstration showing how to take advantage of the resources
  •  A 15-minute Q&A 

The EAP Toolkit is a set of online learning resources in English for Academic Purposes for international students. The learning resources are open and useful for all students.

This workshop takes place online, on MS Teams.

 

Dissertation Festival: Statistics: Hypothesis Testing in a Dissertation

Date: 19/03/2024 15:00 - 16:00 Live Register

Does your dissertation involve some statistics? Need someone to go through hypothesis testing? Not sure how to report statistical test results? This in-person session is designed to support you with how to include statistics in your third year project and dissertation.

Building 100 / Room 5013

 

Dissertation Festival: DIY Dissertation Decks: Crafting to Reignite Your Writing

Date: 21/03/2024 13:30 - 15:00 Live Register

Is procrastination becoming a problem as you write your dissertation? Do you feel ‘blocked’ due to writing anxiety or perfectionism? In this hands-on session, we will explore writing exercises, goal-setting strategies, and motivational techniques to help you stay on track. You will leave the session having created your own custom deck of ‘dissertation fortune cards’ to continue using over the next couple months. This session will be led by a Writing Skills Officer from the Academic Skills team. Please come prepared to chat in a small-group setting and do some relaxing colouring/crafting (materials will be provided).

Building 100 / Room 7011

 

Dissertation Festival: DIY Dissertation Decks: Crafting to Reignite Your Writing

Date: 21/03/2024 15:30 - 17:00 Live Register

Is procrastination becoming a problem as you write your dissertation? Do you feel ‘blocked’ due to writing anxiety or perfectionism? In this hands-on session, we will explore writing exercises, goal-setting strategies, and motivational techniques to help you stay on track. You will leave the session having created your own custom deck of ‘dissertation fortune cards’ to continue using over the next couple months. This session will be led by a Writing Skills Officer from the Academic Skills team. Please come prepared to chat in a small-group setting and do some relaxing colouring/crafting (materials will be provided).

Building 100 / Room 7011

 

UKRI Open Access publishing: Q&A

Date: 15/03/2024 10:00 - 11:00 Live Register

The UKRI Open Access Policy applies to journal articles (and some longform outputs) acknowledging UKRI funding (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, Innovate UK, MRC, NERC, Research England and STFC). We will highlight the key points of the policy, explain your open access publishing options and have time for questions.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Copyright and your thesis

Date: 18/03/2024 14:00 - 15:00 Live  

In this workshop we will cover, etheses and open licences, and how to use content legally in your thesis with copyright exceptions or clearance. You will also learn how to reuse your publications and avoid self-plagiarism. There will be time at the end of the workshop to ask questions.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Systematic reviews: searching the literature

Date: 20/03/2024 10:00 - 11:00 Live Register

This interactive session will help you build an effective search strategy for your systematic review. You will learn how to construct a thorough search, combining free text and subject heading searches. We will demonstrate how to search in MEDLINE (Ovid) but will also show you how to translate your search across different databases. We will overview grey literature sources and signpost next steps. To get the most out of the session we suggest that you watch the short videos on how to search (top box on the page). 

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Revision and exam preparation 

Date: 26/03/2024 17:00 - 18:00 Live Register

This workshop is designed for students with specific learning differences such as dyslexia and those who identify with being Neurodivergent. This workshop will explore a range of revision strategies and preparation methods for exams. The aim of the workshop is to support you to create a revision process which works for you. This can help to build your confidence and reduce overwhelm in the run up to the exam period. We will discuss strategies for breaking down exam questions and time planning under exam conditions. Although we won't have time to consider all exam types, we will consider how to adapt revision strategies and general exam techniques for short-timed written exams, multiple choice exams and longer timed assessments, such as a 48 hour assessment. There will be opportunities to ask questions related to your own work and share experiences with others, in a small, informal group setting. 

The link to join the online workshop will be provided at the time of booking. 

 

Introduction to Assessing Research Using Metrics

Date: 04/07/2024 12:00 - 13:00 Live Register

The session will provide an introduction to bibliometrics & the University's Responsible Metrics Policy, provide guidance on how to use the digital tools available  and have time for questions. Please can attendees have a title of one of their articles (preferably a few months old) to hand to use in the digital tool section.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Making the most of Open Access publishing: Q&A

Date: 18/04/2024 11:00 - 12:00 Live Register

This session will include a short introduction to open access publishing followed by a Q&A session so that we can cover the areas that interest you. We can discuss types of open access, funder policies, uploading your journal articles to our institutional repository, publisher deals, finding open access material and anything else you would like to ask.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Copyright and your thesis

Date: 24/04/2024 11:00 - 12:00 Live Register

In this workshop we will cover, etheses and open licences, and how to use content legally in your thesis with copyright exceptions or clearance. You will also learn how to reuse your publications and avoid self-plagiarism. There will be time at the end of the workshop to ask questions.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Systematic reviews: searching the literature

Date: 22/05/2024 14:00 - 15:00 Live Register

This interactive session will help you build an effective search strategy for your systematic review. You will learn how to construct a thorough search, combining free text and subject heading searches. We will demonstrate how to search in MEDLINE (Ovid) but will also show you how to translate your search across different databases. We will overview grey literature sources and signpost next steps. To get the most out of the session we suggest that you watch the short videos on how to search (top box on the page). 

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Copyright and your thesis

Date: 30/05/2024 11:00 - 12:00 Live  

In this workshop we will cover, etheses and open licences, and how to use content legally in your thesis with copyright exceptions or clearance. You will also learn how to reuse your publications and avoid self-plagiarism. There will be time at the end of the workshop to ask questions.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Introduction to Assessing Research Using Metrics

Date: 04/07/2024 12:00 - 13:00 Live Register

The session will provide an introduction to bibliometrics & the University's Responsible Metrics Policy, provide guidance on how to use the digital tools available  and have time for questions. Please can attendees have a title of one of their articles (preferably a few months old) to hand to use in the digital tool section.

Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Access MyCareer for all upcoming events and workshops related to Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise

 

MyCareer is your one-stop shop for events, career advice and top graduate jobs. Includes workshops on CV writing, Personal statements, Applications, Assessments, Work experience and Employability. Search by subject, date and location to find the most relevant information for you.

Book an Ask the Adviser appointment for a 10 minute conversation to chat about anything careers related. Appointments are available in person (at Highfield Campus, the Sir James Matthews Building and Winchester School of Art) and online (through Microsoft Teams).

 

Academic Centre for International Students English for Academic Purposes support

 

The EAP skills support programme offers academic language support to international students who need to develop their English language and academic literacy skills during their studies.

 

Access Student Disability and Inclusion support for a range of events and workshops designed for students with an SpLD

The Student Disability and Inclusion Team present a series of Group Workshops throughout the year which are provided for students with a wide range of specific learning differences, disabilities and neurodiverse conditions. For some sessions you do not need a formal diagnosis to join the workshops. Check the Student Disability & Wellbeing events page to book a workshop.  Further details around locations and times will be provided at the time of booking.

 

Accessing your library resources  - using Library Search

Duration: 17 mins  Recorded Start Training

You can find out more information on how to find print books, ebooks, reading lists, journal articles and how to use your library account on our Library Search help page which contains 3 short videos (total viewing time 17 mins)

  • Search for books, ebooks and reading lists (7.42 min)
  • Search for journal articles (5.16 mins)
  • Manage your account (4.32 mins)

Please email us at libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Assistive Technology

Duration: 9 mins  Recorded Start Training

These short videos created by Enabling Services showcase a variety of Assistive Technology software that will help support your studies. Included are tips on how to use the software to plan and organise your work; how to read and proofread effectively; how to take notes and present, and how to use a selection of speech to text software

 

Basic Literature Searching Techniques (Health Sciences and Medicine)

Duration: 10 mins  Recorded   Start Training

 

This short recording will help you to identify suitable databases for your assignments, and develop a search strategy. Using the database CINAHL, you will learn how to use Boolean operators and syntax to create an effective search.

 

 

Advanced Literature Searching Techniques (Health and Medicine)

Duration: 27 mins  Recorded Start Training

This short recording will help you understand how to find Subject Headings (MESH) to help improve your search strategy using the CINAHL database. Please view the Basic recording first.

 

British Standards Online

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FAQs on how to search and access the full text of all current British Standards and many international standards (e.g. ISOs/IECs).

Bob National (Box of Broadcasts)

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A set of video guides which take you through the basics of using this off-air recording and media archive service.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature)

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Available through CINAHL's platform provider EBSCO, these video guides demonstrate basic and advanced search techniques. CINAHL provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, health education and other related subject areas

 

Citation searching

Duration: 8 mins  Recorded Start Training

Find out how you can use citation searching to determine how many time a particular article has been cited.

 

Collecting data

Duration: 25 mins  Recorded Start Training

Learning objectives: Design a questionnaire to collect data, Identify appropriate questions to provide you with the most relevant data, Question types, layout, delivery

 

Compendex

Duration: 4 Mins Start Training

Watch the 'Get started with Compendex' video for help with finding the latest engineering information across electrical, chemical, civil, mechanical, mining and other cross-disciplinary areas. Also, take a look at the tutorials on using Engineering Village as this shares the same platform as Compendex.

 

Coping with change

Duration: 20 mins  Recorded Start Training

Sometimes it can be challenging to manage changes or transitions, even if the change is positive. This presentation contains strategies to help you cope with change.

 

Coping with exam anxiety

Duration: 5 mins  Recorded Start Training

Find out more information about what exam anxiety is and the different ways we can manage this - in the run up to exams, on the day, and after the exam.

 

Creating a safe space

Duration: 10 mins  Recorded Start Training

This technique can help to reduce stress and anxiety by visualising ourselves in a neutral, calm space. This video guides you through how to create this safe space.

 

Critical thinking: an introduction

Duration: 32 mins  Recorded Start Training

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 are opportunities to pause the recording and practice what you have learnt via some short activities within the session. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop.

 

Critical Writing

Duration: 60 mins  Recorded Start Training

This webinar covers the essentials of critical writing: defining critical analysis, establishing the different types of analysis and how to deepen criticality through your writing. This is a Panopto recording of a live webinar.

 

Describing and summarising data

Duration: 28 mins  Recorded Start Training

Content: Types of variables, tables and percentages, graphs

 

Data : averages and distributions

Duration: 16 mins  Recorded Start Training

Content: Averages, Distributions of variables, Percentiles

 

Data : Measures of Spread and Inequality

Duration: 17 mins  Recorded Start Training
 

PGR-DMP: Data Management Plans for Doctoral Student

Recorded Start Training

This is a mandatory course for all new first year Post Graduate Researchers (PGRs), but is available to all PGRs in Blackboard. Research data management is an important skill for all to help you keep your data safe, findable and reusable. The course aims to provide a general introduction for all disciplines and how to complete the PGR Data Management Plan (DMP) template. The course provides a certificate of completion to upload to PGR tracker and provide to your supervisor.

 

Datastream

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Guides to help you find and download data. Datastream provides financial and economic data for countries and companies worldwide, including equities, market indices, company accounts, macroeconomics, bonds, foreign exchange, interest rates, commodities and derivatives. The earliest data is from 1950. Only covers publicly listed companies.

 

Dissertations: combining structure and formatting (Word for PC)

Duration: 1 hour 18 mins  Recorded Start Training

Learn about best practice when formatting a long and structured document such as a dissertation. This is the first of three sessions run by iSolutions/the Library on using Word for PC to create your dissertation. This 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. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop.

 

Dissertations: page layout (Word for PC)

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins  Recorded Start Training

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. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop.

 

Dissertations: using tables and graphics (Word for PC)

Duration: 1 hour 28 mins  Recorded Start Training

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 sessions run by iSolutions/the Library 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. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop

 

EMBASE

Duration: 22 mins Start Training

Online presentation which provides an introduction to using EMBASE, a leading clinical medicine and biomedical database. This is divided into sections so you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn about without going through the whole presentation.

 

Endnote Essential Training

Duration: 1 hr 23 mins Start Training

This comprehensive course from Lynda.com  will get you up and running with the desktop version of EndNote X8 for Windows users.  

In addition to completing the above course we recommend that you watch the following videos for supplementary help 

Please note  - the videos below were recorded using Endnote X7.  The main difference is that the appearance of the icons  has changed. The icons have the same names and functions, and appear in the same order.  Hover over the icons to see their names. We will replace these with videos using EndNote X8 as they become available.

Creating and keeping an up to date back-up (01:03 mins) - this is essential!
Add references to your Endnote library by hand (03:23 mins) - further advice on entering author's names and what to do if the author is a corporate body.
Remove duplicate references  (02:09 mins)
Importing a single PDF or a folder of PDFs  (03:06 mins)
Find Reference Updates (05.32 mins)
Cite While You Write  (06:22 mins) - includes removing citations from Word; adding page numbers to a reference; removing the author(s) from the brackets; formatting the bibliography to remove indents and add line spacing. 

 

Endnote - exporting from databases

Duration: 8 mins  

We recommend that you import references directly from your chosen database rather than using the online search with in EndNote. Here are some examples:

Export from Web of Science to Endnote  (03:06min)
Export from Google Scholar to Endnote (01:16min)
Export from COPAC to Endnote  (01:00min) - COPAC cross-searches the catalogues of major UK and Irish libraries including may universities, national libraries and specialist libraries. This would be more straight forward that the ISBN search suggested in the Lynda.com course

 

ERIC (Education Resources Information Centre)

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Introductory videos, search tips and other guidance on how to use this database. ERIC is the world's most widely used index to educational-related literature.

 

Evaluating information

Duration: 7 mins Start Training

By the end of  this activity you should be able to:

- recognise the difference between 'good' and 'bad' information
- think critically and understand how to find quality, reliable information
- know how to get more help if you need it

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Exam anxiety workshop: from stress to success

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This online workshop created by Enabling Services looks at what exam anxiety and stress is and covers a range of top tips for managing anxiety during the exam period. The course also includes a quiz to test your knowledge, signposts to further resources and links to support organisations.

 

Excel (for PC)

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This course will provide help with creating graphs and charts using Excel. Its divided into bite sized chunks so you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn without going through the whole course.

 

Excel (for Mac)

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This course will provide help with creating graphs and charts using Excel. Its divided into bite sized chunks so you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn without going through the whole course.

 

IEEE Xplore (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)

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A series of video tutorials which provide tips and techniques for using IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore provides full text access to all IET and IEEE journals and conferences since 1988 and all current IEEE standards.

 

Keeping on top of it all: managing your research data/material

Duration: 45 mins  Recorded Start Training

Materials and/or data which you gather for your assignments can quickly build up. This online session aims to help you keep on top of it, all by giving you hints and tips for good practice which will prepare you for larger research projects as you progress in your studies. PGRs should refer to the Data Management Plan on Blackboard .

 

Lexis Library

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PDF guides which describe how to use Lexis Library. In addition to reports and legislation, Lexis Library searches for journals, and the full-text of Halsbury’s Statutes and Halsbury’s Laws. We also subscribe to the Lexis Tax Reference Library, which contains a collection of specialist reports, journals and other materials. Access this via Lexis Library ‘Practice Areas’ tab.

 

LinkedIn Learning

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Software and business skills instruction videos. This resource provides unlimited access to thousands of online courses covering IT software and business skills.

 

MEDLINE (EBSCOhost)

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Available through MEDLINE's platform provider EBSCO, these video guides demonstrate basic and advanced search techniques. MEDLINE covers literature from around the world since 1946. It has a comprehensive set of controlled vocabulary called Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms).

 

MEDLINE (Ovid)

Duration: 19 mins Start Training

Online presentation which provides an introduction to using MEDLINE, the world's best-known medicine and clinical science database, covering literature from around the world since 1946. Med has a comprehensive set of controlled vocabulary called Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms)

 

Metrics: Introduction to Bibliometrics

Recorded Start Training

Aimed at researchers this series of Panopto videos covers: why metrics are important to you and the University; responsible metrics - some basic principles and limitations; using metrics to help decide where to publish; tracking how your work is being cited, and finding author metrics in Web of Science and Scopus. Accessible to all Southampton staff and students with their university login.

 

Mindfulness

Duration: 45 mins  Recorded Start Training

Here are a selection of short videos by Linkedin Learning to help you learn how to practice Mindfulness.

 

Muscular relaxation technique

Duration: 10 mins  Recorded Start Training

Learning to relax can take practise - this short session guides you through the muscular relaxation technique which can help release tension in the body.

 

Nexis

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Tutorials which show you how to use the key features of Nexis. Nexis offers Full text access to newspapers and current affairs publications from all over the world, including the Financial Times. Articles from 1970s to current. IMPORTANT: includes low quality newspapers, so we recommend you search specific publications (see help guide). Also includes company profiles, industry news, country reports, biographies and legal cases.

 

Nvivo

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Learn to use NVivo Starter 11 for qualitative data analysis. Find out how to import, organise, analyse and visualize text-based research data (University of Southampton login required).

 

Open Access - making the most of Open Access publishing

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Aimed at researchers this page contains Panopto videos and other online training to help you make your journal articles open access, and to find legal open access versions of paywalled articles. Accessible to all Southampton staff and students with their university login.

 

Passport

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User Guide which provides a detailed overview of how to use Passport, allowing you to find the information you need more efficiently. Also, see the Library's guide on Getting Started with Passport. Passport provides statistics and in depth reports on companies, industries and countries worldwide. Includes consumer trends, demographic data, socioeconomic data, macroeconomic data and global reports.

 

Pendulating Technique

Duration: 10 mins  Recorded Start Training

This video talks through the Pendulating Technique, which involves shifting your attention back and forth between place in your body. This technique can help to reduce stress and anxiety.

 

Powerpoint (for PC)

Duration: 3 hr 1 min Start Training

Learn how to create, edit and share presentations with Powerpoint. This course is divided into bite sized chunks so you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn without going through the whole course.

 

Powerpoint (for Mac)

Duration: 1 hr 6 min Start Training

Learn how to create, edit and share presentations with Powerpoint. This course is divided into bite sized chunks so you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn without going through the whole course.

 

Refine Your Writing: Better Proofreading

Duration: 60 mins  Start Training

This self-paced learning sequence demonstrates a range of effective strategies you can use to proofread your writing, whether you are polishing up a cover letter or preparing to submit your thesis.

 

Proofreading: the basics

Duration: 20 mins  Recorded Start Training

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. There are opportunities to pause the recording and practice some of the techniques you have learnt via some short activities within the session. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop. Please download the practice text for use whilst watching the recording.

 

PsycINFO

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Available through PsycINFO's platform provider EBSCO, these video guides demonstrate basic and advanced search techniques. PsychINFO is the key database for psychology and related subjects. Contains references and abstracts for scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertations, some dating back to the 1600s.

 

Referencing

Duration: 5 mins Start Training

By the end of this activity you should be able to:
•understand what referencing is and why it is important
•understand when you must reference
•find out which referencing style you must use

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Research methods – introduction

Duration: N/A Start Training

Starting out on your research project? Discover the essential information and skills that you will need: working with your supervisor, integrity in research, planning, literature review, time management, and data management.

 

Saving searches

(University of Southampton Content)

Duration: 4 mins Start Training

Need help keeping up to date with information? By the end of this tutorial you should be able to save your searches and set alerts.

 

ScienceDirect

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Available through ScienceDirect's platform provider EBSCO, these video guides demonstrate basic and advanced search techniques. ScienceDirect provides full-text access to Elsevier published journal articles since 1995, selected journal backfiles and online books.

 

SciFinder

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Short, targeted training materials which demonstrate the features and capabilities of SciFinder. Special topics for advanced users are also available. SciFinder is the online version of Chemical Abstracts, the main database for chemistry. It provides easy access substance and reaction information, patent and journal references.

 

SCOPUS

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Learn about the features and tools of Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. It delivers a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

 

Basic literature searching techniques using databases

Duration: 35 mins  Recorded Start Training

This workshop will help you to identify which databases to use for your assignments.  Using the multidisciplinary database Proquest One Academic, you will learn step by step, how to create an effective search strategy using operators, syntax, and filters. This is a Panopto recording of a live webinar.

 

Search strategies

(University of Southampton Content)

Duration: 16 mins Start Training

By the end of this activity you should should be able to:

-explain what a search strategy is
-idenfity key concepts and key words in a search question
-use search tools and techniques, such as Boolean operators, phrase searching and wildcards

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Skills for Study

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Skills for Study offers an series of Interactive study skills modules, topics include: Getting ready for academic study; Critical thinking skills; Reading and note-making; Writing skills; Referencing and understanding plagiarism; Groupwork and presentations; Confidence with numbers

 

SPSS Statistics Essential Training

Duration: 4 hr 57 mins Start Training

Online learning course which shows you how to use SPSS to calculate statistics and more. This course is divided into bite sized chunks so you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn about without going through the whole course.

 

Subject guides

Duration: 5 mins Start Training

Tutorial which shows you how to find library resources specifically aimed at your subject area using the subject guides on the Library's website.

 

Subject/thesaurus searching

(University of Southampton Content)

Duration: 6 mins Start Training

This tutorial takes you through some additional tools which will help you to develop your searching skills. It covers subject heading, thesaurus searching and citation searching.

 

Systematic Reviews

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Aimed at researchers, this Libguide page covers the steps involved in carrying out a systematic review in ten key stages, from planning and scoping to quality assessment and writing up. It contains short Panopto videos and links to other resources, supplemented with a Padlet for feedback as well as exercises to follow through to check understanding. Accessible to all. No login required.

 

Theses - what you need to know

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Aimed at researchers these recorded Panopto presentations cover key information about your thesis including copyright, clearing use of third-party copyright, embargoes and dissemination as well as how to prepare and submit your final thesis during the COVID-19 pandemic. University of Southampton staff and students will need to login with their university login to view the presentation on ‘Thesis and copyright’.

 

Theses - final thesis submission

Duration: 13 mins  Recorded Start Training

Aimed at researchers this presentation discusses how to prepare and submit your final thesis during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the revised regulations. It is available alongside other material on our Thesis training page: http://library.soton.ac.uk/thesis/training

 

The "STOP!" technique

Duration: 5 mins  Recorded Start Training

Feelings of stress often bring tension in the body. The STOP technique helps us to reduce tension to a managable level.

 

Understanding your reading lists

Duration: 8 mins Start Training

By the end of this activity you should be able to identify the different resources on your reading lists and use tools and approaches to find resources on your reading lists

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University Thesis template using Word

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Created by iSolutions this online guide provides support with using MS Word for formatting a thesis and using the University template. .

 

Web of Science

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Video tutorials designed to provide training on using Web of Science (previously called the Web of Knowledge). Topics covered include search tips, setting up citation alerts and refining and analysing search results. Web of Science provides access to a number of databases including Web of Science Core Collection (covering engineering, science, health, social science, humanities, etc.), BIOSIS (biological & biomedical science) and Inspec (physics, computing, electrical & electronic engineering, etc.).

 

Westlaw

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A series of training videos and interactive lessons which introduce various aspects of using Westlaw. Westlaw holds a wide range of reports, legislation, journals and other publications. It offers various research tools, including ‘case analysis’ which shows the history and subsequent treatment of individual UK cases.

 

WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)

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Advice on registering, downloading data and getting further help from WRDS which provides access to a range of third party business intelligence data.

 

Word 2016 (for PC)

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This course will take you through the basics of Word from creating, editing, adding images, creating tables to formatting text and tracking changes. It is divided into bite sized chunks so you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn without going through the whole course.

 

Word 2016 (for Mac)

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This course will take you through the basics of Word from creating, editing, adding images, creating tables to formatting text and tracking changes. It is divided into bite sized chunks so you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn without going through the whole course.

 

Writing Abstracts

Duration: 20 mins  Recorded Start Training

This video covers the essentials of writing an abstract: understanding their purpose in the researching process, their structure and constraints, and how they vary in style and by discipline.

 

Writing the Dissertation: Dissertation Q&A

Duration: 90 mins  Recorded Start Training

This video answers those burning questions about the dissertation, such as how to structure an introduction, how many references should be included in the literature review and the difference between the results and discussion.

 

Writing the Dissertation: the Literature Review

Duration: 60 mins  Recorded Start Training

This webinar covers the essentials of writing a literature review chapter, or section, for a dissertation, or extended piece of writing: the conventions of a literature review, structural approaches and synthesis and techniques for managing a range of information. This is a recording of a live webinar.

 

Writing the Dissertation: the Methods or Methodology

Duration: 60 mins  Recorded Start Training

This webinar covers the essentials of writing a methods or methodology chapter for a dissertation, or extended piece of writing: the difference between the methods and methodology, what's expected and practical ways of structuring the chapter in a clear and coherent way. This is a recording of a live webinar.

 

Writing the Dissertation: the Introduction and Conclusion

Duration: 60 mins  Recorded Start Training

This webinar covers the essentials of writing the introduction and conclusion of a dissertation, or extended piece of writing: how to structure both chapters, or sections, what to include, and not include, and the symbiotic relationship between the two. This is a recording of a live webinar.

 

Writing the Dissertation: the Results and Discussion

Duration: 60 mins  Recorded Start Training

This webinar covers the essentials of writing the results and discussion chapters, or chapter, for a dissertation, or an extended piece of writing: understanding the overarching purpose of both chapters, or sections, in the context of the dissertation, defining the difference, and relationship, between the results and discussion and establishing a structural template for the discussion. This is a recording of a live webinar.

 

Writing Introductions and Conclusions

Duration: 45 mins  Recorded Start Training

This webinar covers the essentials of writing effective introductions and conclusions: how to structure them, what to include, and not include, and the symbiotic relationship between the two. This is a Panopto recording of a live webinar.

 

The Basics of Structure

Duration: 45 mins  Recorded Start Training

This webinar covers the essentials of structure: structuring clear and coherent paragraphs, writing effective topic sentences and understanding paragraphs as building blocks. This is a Panopto recording of a live webinar.

 

Wellbeing

Duration: 30 mins  Recorded Start Training

Here are a collection of short videos on Linkedin Learning about general wellbeing, they contain tips and advice about important aspects required to stay well.

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