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Ocean and Earth Science: Inductions & Training

Subject guide for oceanography and earth science.

Welcome!

On this page you will find information about the induction sessions and training for all Ocean and Earth Science students. 

New Undergraduate student's induction September 2020

Welcome week (week 0)  - new Undergraduate students

 

As part of your Welcome Week activities this week you will have been asked to start looking at the induction content on your Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard (BB). You will find all of the University induction content in the Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences Students Hub on BB.  

The Welcome 2020/21 includes the first part of the Library induction which all new undergraduate students should do. The section covering the Library Service is in Section 4: Preparing to study, use the arrow in the top right corner to move through the pages to page 5 The Library.

 

Watch our short Welcome Video from the University Library staff  (opens in YouTube)

 

To support your studies and to find the information you will need to help you to complete assignments your Liaison Librarians have created an Ocean and Earth Sciences subject page.

This short video explains how to get to the page and gives a quick overview of what is on it and why it’s helpful, Your SOES subject page (opens in Panopto) 

Remember to ‘bookmark’ your subject page when you first visit it so that you can come back again more quickly!

 

For students taking modules SOES1013 and SOES1014 we will be following on with further library and study skills training in the Library Orientation Programme starting in week 3 of your modules. You will receive more information about this nearer the time you can click on the tab quick details. 

And finally, here is a quick video to tell you 9 facts about the University Library service  

Library Orientation Programme 2020

  • For students taking SOES1013 and SOES1014 there will be a link to the Library Orientation Programme 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 Academic 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 SOES students or visiting students who would like to complete this self guided learning programme to develop key library and study skills you will find the materials and exercises on our Library Orientation Programme site (page opens in a new tab in your browser)

Masters students (PGT) induction September 2020

Masters students (PGT) induction September 2020

Welcome to the library!

 

Watch our short videos for a quick overview of the Library Service:

If you need help with the library or any of our resources don't hesitate to get in contact with us using one of the following ways:

 

If you need help with the library resources or academic or research skills see some of the training we have on offer:

 

LinkedIn Learning

Also, you have access to LinkedIn Learning which is an on-line library of business, software skills, technology and creative courses to which all staff and students at the University have free access. It includes courses on:-

  • R - statistical processing language
  • SPSS - statistics and data analysis programme
  • ArcGIS - create and manage maps, data and analytical models
  • Linux Command Line
  • MATLAB - create programs to model data and hypotheses
  • Excel
  • Over 16,000 courses!

Log on and start learning here: LinkedIn Learning

For information about general library services see:

If items that you need are not available from our own library stock we can make them available to you through the Inter-library loan service

Your library subscribes to a wide range of literature databases which allow you to search for journal articles which are specifically relevant to your subject. This is helpful when you want to find literature about a topic for an assignment or for the literature review section of your Thesis.

Why use the literature databases?

  • They save your time
  • They have searching features and filtering options that Google cannot compete with
  • They are focused on subject areas
  • They have content which is not openly available on the internet and you can click to access articles from our subscription journals

Explore the home page and databases section of this subject guide to discover the literature databases recommended for Ocean and Earth Science students and staff.

Now try one of these databases, pick the one which is more relevant to your subject ...

Further training

For help with planning your literature database search see our Search Strategies training

For more in-depth training on using literature databases see our online Database Orientation Programme

For tutorials on using individual databases see our Database Tutorials guide

For individual guidance with using a specific literature database book an Academic Skills appointment with a librarian

 

 

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 literature databases on our subject guide will get you to good quality, peer reviewed information and you can filter the results to focus on what you need much quicker that working through all the pages from your Google search.
  • 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 for your Thesis but you are being asked to pay for it check if we have access though the library. If we don't have it in our collections consider using our Inter-Library Loan service to source it for you.
  • Critically evaluate the information that you find on the internet, is it from a trustworthy source?
  • More tips on Getting the best from Google [University of Bedfordshire].

For a fun way to explore the Library website test yourself with our lighthearted Library Treasure hunt!

Library Online Treasure Hunt

PhD students (PGR) induction September 2020

PhD students (PGR) induction September 2020

Welcome to the library!

Watch our short videos for a quick overview of the Library Service:

If you need help with the library or any of our resources don't hesitate to get in contact with us using one of the following ways:

 

If you need help with the library resources or academic or research skills see some of the training we have on offer:

 

Bitesize training by the National Oceanographic Library team

Look at our Training section on Connect (the National Oceanography Centre intranet) for details of live online Bitesize training sessions specifically for School of Ocean and Earth Science staff and PhD students and NOC staff and PhD students.

 
Linkedin Learning

Also, you have access to LinkedIn Learning which is an on-line library of business, software skills, technology and creative courses to which all staff and students at the University have free access. It includes courses on:-

  • R - statistical processing language
  • SPSS - statistics and data analysis programme
  • ArcGIS - create and manage maps, data and analytical models
  • Linux Command Line
  • MATLAB - create programs to model data and hypotheses
  • Excel
  • Over 16,000 courses!

Log on and start learning here: LinkedIn Learning

 

Doctoral College

The University of Southampton’s Doctoral College co-ordinates a range of skills training and personal development opportunities for doctoral researchers, designed to complement the training delivered at academic discipline level. See the details of training and professional development on their PGR Handbook website - Doctoral College training

If you are beginning your PhD or research at the University of Southampton, welcome!

 

 

This recording was made in late 2019 when we were still on campus. Remember that you need the GlobalProtect VPN to access resources while off campus.

You may also find our producing your thesis and creating your Data Management Plan pages useful.

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 are available via Gradbook, courses offered:

Data Management Plan: Why Plan?  45 minute briefing.  Book via Gradbook Panopto recording of this course also available

Research Data Management: What you need to know from the start.  45 minute briefing. Book via Gradbook

Research Data Management Workshop.180 minute workshop Book via Gradbook

Managing your research notes and/or data (Arts and Humanities). 120 minute workshop.  Book via Gradbook

PhD Data Management Plans: Introduction for Supervisors. 45 minute briefing. Book via Staffbook

Have a look at all the courses available on Gradbook and book one.

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.

  • Interlibrary loan: if you can’t find a legal open access version, use the library interlibrary loan service and we will find a copy for you, often within 24 hours and free of charge. Please do not spend your own money, or grant money, on journal articles.
  • 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. 
  • Institutional and subject repositories for Ocean and Earth Science.

Your library subscribes to a wide range of literature databases which allow you to search for journal articles which are specifically relevant to your subject. This is helpful when you want to find information your the literature review section of your Thesis or to help you solve a problem in you research.

Why use the literature databases?

  • They save your time
  • They have searching features and filtering options that Google cannot compete with
  • They are focused on subject areas
  • They have content which is not openly available on the internet and you can click to access articles from our subscription journals

Explore the home page and databases section of this subject guide to discover the literature databases recommended for Ocean and Earth Science students and staff.

Now try one of these databases, pick the one which is more relevant to your subject ...

Further training

Using Google and Google Scholar to find literature for your research of thesis

These 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 literature databases on our subject guide will get you to good quality, peer reviewed information and you can filter the results to focus on what you need much quicker that working through all the pages from your Google search.
  • 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 for your Thesis but you are being asked to pay for it check if we have access though the library. If we don't have it in our collections consider using our Inter-Library Loan service to source it for you.
  • Critically evaluate the information that you find on the internet, is it from a trustworthy source?
  • More tips on Getting the best from Google [University of Bedfordshire].