Information and Digital Literacy Webinars

Coronavirus (Covid-19 update):
The University of Sheffield has suspended face-to-face teaching from Monday 16 March 2020, and all teaching will move online.  Please see the calendar and session descriptions below for webinar booking details and/or links to online tutorials.
Our Information and Digital Literacy tutorials have been designed to support you in your studies and you can find answers to specific questions, or contact us, via Library Help.

Digital Skills for your Dissertation Masterclass

Digital Skills for your Dissertation Masterclass (2 hours)

Working on your dissertation over the summer? Prepare yourself by signing up to our Digital Skills for Dissertations Masterclass. This webinar will include these short sessions, delivered by staff from the Library and 301:Academic Skills Centre:

  • Discovering information
  • Evaluating information
  • Referencing tips and tricks
  • Academic writing (delivered by 301:Academic Skills Centre)

Plus a choice of one of the following:

  • Discovering and using images
  • Discovering and using digital primary sources
  • Creating infographics

Please register using the links below (registrations close 24 hours before the event):

Discovering

Discovering Information: An Introduction

This session introduces 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.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Discovering Information: A Masterclass

(1 hour)

In this session you will learn how to use databases 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. To attend this webinar you need to have a solid understanding of how to use StarPlus- please work through the StarPlus tutorial.

Please register using the links below (registrations close 24 hours before the event):

We also offer the following online guides and tutorials that complement the webinar:

Discovering and referencing images

This session introduces discovering and referencing images. You are introduced to searching for images that can be reused and to referencing images within your academic work.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Images: Discover, Understand, Reference

In this session we cover how copyright applies to images and introduce the different Creative Commons licenses You will also find out where to discover images that can be reused, how to attribute creators correctly when reusing images and how you can start to analyse and understand images and their implicit meanings.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Understanding

Using Ebooks Effectively

Want to get the best out of ebooks? This session provides an overview of their benefits, functionality and applications. You leave the session able to make efficient and effective use of our collection of online titles.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Questioning

Questioning and Evaluating Information

This session provides an awareness of the purpose, strengths & weaknesses of a variety of information sources and considers a range of questions that can be used to help you evaluate the information you use.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Referencing

Referencing and Plagiarism: An Introduction

This bite- size session introduces the concept of plagiarism and provides guidance on how to reference effectively. It covers how to reference in different departmental styles and provides an overview of useful tools for this process.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Preventing Plagiarism, and Reference Management

(1 hour)

This session introduces plagiarism and how it can be avoided, the purpose of referencing, and gives you an opportunity to practice referencing in your departmental style. You will gain an overview of reference management software and how to utilise this to reference quickly and efficiently. You will also be able to critically appraise the output and where necessary, adapt this.

Please register using the links below (registrations close 24 hours before the event):

We also offer the following online guides and tutorials that complement the webinar:

Creating

Producing Presentations: Top Ten Tips

 This session will provide some tips for getting started with planning, creating and delivering effective presentations as well as the opportunity to explore different presentation software.

There are no sessions currently scheduled. Our Presentations tutorial is coming soon.

Communicating

Blogging: From Concept to Communication

This session will introduce an awareness of the benefits and purposes of blogging and provide experience of identifying and practicing a succinct writing style that is appropriate for blogging. You will also receive all the information you need to help you choose the blogging platform that is right for you! During the session you’ll also take the first steps in creating a blog; developing your ideas and starting to draft your first blog post.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Communicating with Infographics

Infographics are a visual representation of information, data or knowledge. In this session we introduce infographics and how they can be used to communicate and share a summary or results of your research.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Commercial Awareness

(1 hour)

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

Please register using the link below (registrations close 24 hours before the event):

We also offer the following online guides and tutorials that complement the webinar:

HEAR recognition

Attendance at our Information and Digital Literacy Workshops can count towards your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) through The 301 Academic Skills Certificate. Find out more and register. Please note that workshops under 45 minutes cannot count towards the HEAR.

These workshops are aimed at all taught students. If you are a postgraduate research student please see the Doctoral Development Programme workshops.

Book onto your workshop today!