Information Skills workshops and webinars

Develop and enhance your information skills. This workshop programme, delivered in the Diamond and online, is open to taught course students from all departments.  To book on a workshop or webinar, please use the calendar below.

Workshops and webinars available:

Getting started with discovering information

This workshop will introduce information searching to students undertaking their first assessments at University level. You will learn about different information sources, and how to access information from your reading lists and beyond to help you gain the highest marks.

Discovering information for your assignment

This workshop will refresh and enhance your essential information skills. You will gain the skills and techniques to search for information effectively, and consider how to think critically about information sources and the information you find.

Searching for Researching

In this workshop you will learn how to find the best resources for your independent research project. You will consider your information needs and have the opportunity to create an effective search strategy to produce a manageable set of relevant results. You will look at ways to manage and evaluate the information you find.

Evaluating information

This workshop will give you an awareness of the purpose, strengths & weaknesses of a variety of information sources and consider a range of questions that can be used to help you evaluate your results.

Creation and Location - where to find images and their effective use in academia

This workshop will increase your knowledge of finding and using images. You will be introduced to searching for copyright free and creative commons images, interpreting images and using images within your academic work. We will introduce some useful digital tools to find and present your images.

Plagiarism & Referencing

In this workshop you will explore what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. You will consider the purpose of referencing and ways to ensure correct, consistent referencing.

Blogging - from concept to communication

This workshop will give you an awareness of to the benefits and purposes of blogging, as well as the different blogging platforms. It will enable you to develop a succinct writing style that is appropriate for blogging. You will gain experience of creating a blog and writing a draft post. Come prepared with a topic of interest and this workshop will give you the skills to get your message across efficiently.

Introduction to EndNote Online webinar

This session is delivered completely online - to attend, you will need access to a computer and be able to listen to the session audio.

You and other learners will register for EndNote Online in advance, and watch short videos by the Library introducing the main processes. In the session, you will further your knowledge by exploring more advanced techniques, solving tasks introduced by the presenter and discussing the software with other learners in the online classroom.

By the end, you will be able to import references to your EndNote Online library, ensure the accuracy of your references, and automatically generate citations and bibliographies using Microsoft Word.

Shut up and Write

This session takes writing from an individual to a social experience in a procrastination free zone! This session provides a space for you to get things done without distractions. You will set targets and share your progress with others in order to complete those projects you’ve been putting off.

What’s in the News

In this hour long hands-on session you will be given experience of utilising news databases and resources to enhance your writing and projects. Examples of applications of this session include gaining commercial awareness of a particular company for both employability and assignments; or tracking and comparing the media reporting of important events both past (e.g. Vietnam War) and present (e.g. US elections). Come prepared with a topic and this workshop will equip you with the skills to successfully utilise news sources within your assignments.

Finding legal information

In only an hour this workshop will give you hands-on experience of finding a range of legal information for inclusion within your writing. By the end of this workshop you will be able to research aspects of law that will enhance your assignments. Examples could include tracing the development of legislation relating to legal highs or exploring the legal issues around Brexit. Come prepared with a topic and we will give you the skills to discover the legal implications surrounding it, utilising industry standard databases and other up to date information sources. This session is aimed at students who aren’t studying law.

Presentations - proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance

This workshop will refresh and develop your presentation skills. You will enhance your prowess in preparing high quality content, delivering great design and presenting with confidence and in a manner tailored to your audience. We will also introduce some tools you can use for presentations.

Commercial Awareness

What is 'Commercial Awareness' and why is it one of the most sought after attributes employers look for? This workshop, delivered by staff from the Careers Service, University of Sheffield Enterprise and the Library will explain what it really means to have commercial awareness and how you can prove you have it. The workshop will introduce you to tools and resources you can use to think commercially and improve your skills in this broad area.

Literature searching for the systematic review

This workshop is aimed at all students undertaking systematic reviews and looks at the literature searching stage of the process. Led by the Liaison Librarians for Science and Medicine, Dentistry & Health the workshop will cover how to create a search strategy and the use of key databases such as Medline and Web of Science for identifying the research evidence. We’ll discuss some advanced search techniques and explore how to efficiently organise the search process. You’ll get some hands on practice searching and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions related to your own project.

HEAR recognition

Attendance at our information skills workshops can count towards your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) through The 301 Academic Skills Certificate. Find out more and register.

Book onto your workshop today!