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Accessing your library resources online

Duration: 21 mins  Recorded Start Training

This presentation provides an overview of how to discover and access online Library content for your research, assignments and dissertations. The session covers how to find resources including e-books, and journals, but also how to access these resources off-campus and find the full-text of journal articles. A PowerPoint version and a transcript of the session are also available alongside this presentation.

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.

 

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.

 

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 thinking: an introduction

Duration: For: Date: Time: 45 mins Live
All students
Thursday, July 09, 2020
11:00 - 11:45
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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 workshop will introduce you to the main concepts and suggest resources to help you improve your skills. There are opportunities to practice what you have learnt via some short activities within the session. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar.

 

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.

 

Dissertation Q&A

Duration: For: Date: Time: 60 mins Live Q&A
Taught Postgraduate students
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
14:00 - 15:00
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Please note: this is not a lecture or seminar. This is an opportunity to ask any writing-specific questions you have about the dissertation. Therefore, you are expected to come prepared with questions; you can ask questions verbally or through the chat function in the session. You also need to have attended, or watched a recorded version of, at least one of the Writing the Dissertation webinars before attending this Q&A session. This is to ensure time is not spent on repeating content from the Writing the Dissertation webinars, but to address specific writing-related questions you have about the dissertation. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar.

 

Dissertation Q&A

Duration: For: Date: Time: 60 mins Live Q&A
Taught Postgraduate students
Thursday, July 16, 2020
10:30 - 11:30
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Please note: this is not a lecture or seminar. This is an opportunity to ask any writing-specific questions you have about the dissertation. Therefore, you are expected to come prepared with questions; you can ask questions verbally or through the chat function in the session. You also need to have attended, or watched a recorded version of, at least one of the Writing the Dissertation webinars before attending this Q&A session. This is to ensure time is not spent on repeating content from the Writing the Dissertation webinars, but to address specific writing-related questions you have about the dissertation. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar.

 

Dissertation Q&A

Duration: For: Date: Time: 60 mins Live Q&A
Taught Postgraduate students
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
10:30 - 11:30
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Please note: this is not a lecture or seminar. This is an opportunity to ask any writing-specific questions you have about the dissertation. Therefore, you are expected to come prepared with questions; you can ask questions verbally or through the chat function in the session. You also need to have attended, or watched a recorded version of, at least one of the Writing the Dissertation webinars before attending this Q&A session. This is to ensure time is not spent on repeating content from the Writing the Dissertation webinars, but to address specific writing-related questions you have about the dissertation. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar.

 

Dissertation Q&A

Duration: For: Date: Time: 60 mins Live Q&A
Taught Postgraduate students
Thursday, August 20, 2020
14:00 - 15:00
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Please note: this is not a lecture or seminar. This is an opportunity to ask any writing-specific questions you have about the dissertation. Therefore, you are expected to come prepared with questions; you can ask questions verbally or through the chat function in the session. You also need to have attended, or watched a recorded version of, at least one of the Writing the Dissertation webinars before attending this Q&A session. This is to ensure time is not spent on repeating content from the Writing the Dissertation webinars, but to address specific writing-related questions you have about the dissertation. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar.

 

Starting your Dissertation or Research Project

Duration: 19 mins  Recorded Start Training

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. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop. Please note that our Academic Skills face-to-face service is currently closed but we are offering online appointments for our UoS students and researchers at https://libcal.soton.ac.uk/appointments/academic-skills.

 

Starting your Dissertation or Research Project

Duration: For: Date: Time: 60 mins Live
All students
Thursday, July 23, 2020
12:00 - 13:00
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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. In this workshop you will learn about evaluating web pages, the basics of referencing, and how to access resources from our collections and beyond. There will also be opportunities to practice what you have learnt via short activities within the session. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar..

 

Starting your Dissertation or Research Project

Duration: For: Date: Time: 60 mins Live
All students
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
12:00 - 13:00
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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. In this workshop you will learn about evaluating web pages, the basics of referencing, and how to access resources from our collections and beyond. There will also be opportunities to practice what you have learnt via short activities within the session. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar..

 

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 Start Training

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 DelphiS or an EBSCOHost database (01:16)

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.

 

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), you can find out more about these by looking at the Medline Special Techniques presentation.

 

Metrics: Introduction to Bibliometrics

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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.

 

MLA International Bibliography

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Introductory videos, search tips and other guidance on how to use this database which gives information about scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

Duration: 37 mins  Recorded Start Training

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

 

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

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.

 

Search strategies

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

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

 

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 (PC)

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

 

University Thesis template using Word (mac)

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Created by iSolutions this online guide provides support with using MS Word for formatting a thesis and in 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 the Dissertation: the Results and Discussion

Duration: For: Date: Time: 90 mins Live
Taught Postgraduate students
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
14:00 - 15:30
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This workshop provides guidance on writing the results and discussion chapters, or chapter, for an undergraduate dissertation, or extended project. The session clarifies the difference between the two, before covering the main conventions that characterise these sections, such as using tables and figures. See this page for more workshops in the series. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar.

 

Writing the Dissertation: the Introduction and Conclusion

Duration: For: Date: Time: 90 mins Live
Taught Postgraduate students
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
14:00 - 15:30
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This workshop provides guidance on writing the introduction and conclusion of a dissertation, or extended project. Whilst often overlooked, this session emphasises the importance of both the introduction and conclusion and how they should be structured to bookend the whole dissertation. See this page for more workshops in the series. After booking your place, you will receive two emails: one confirming your place and one nearer the date of the session that will provide you with instructions to access the webinar.

 

Writing the Dissertation: the Literature Review

Duration: 90 mins  Recorded Start Training

This workshop provides guidance on structuring and developing a literature review chapter, or section, for a dissertation, or extended project. The session briefly covers the main conventions of a literature review, before focusing on different structural approaches and techniques to help you synthesise literature. See this page for more workshops in the series.. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop.

 

Writing the Dissertation: the Introduction and Conclusion

Duration: 90 mins  Recorded Start Training

This workshop provides guidance on writing the introduction and conclusion of a dissertation, or extended project. Whilst often overlooked, this session emphasises the importance of both the introduction and conclusion and how they should be structured to bookend the whole dissertation. See this page for more workshops in the series. This is a Panopto recording of a Library Skills for Success workshop.