IDL Workshops

To book on a workshop or webinar, please use the calendar below or see the dates below each workshop description.

Discovering

Discovering Information: An Introduction

(30 minutes)

A brief introduction to information searching for students who are new to the university and our library resources. This workshop will cover reading lists and the library discovery tool, StarPlus, to enable you to make the most of our collections.

Location: MindSphere Lounge, Ground Floor, The Diamond

Can't make this date? Check out our online tutorials.

Discovering Information: Getting Started

(1 hour)

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.

Location: Library Skills Room, Level 4, The Diamond

Can't make this date? Check out our online tutorials.

Discovering Information: A Masterclass

(1 hour 30 minutes)

In this workshop 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 workshop you need to have a solid understanding of how to use StarPlus- please work through the StarPlus tutorial, or attend ‘Getting started with discovering information’.

Location: Library Skills Room, Level 4, The Diamond

Can't make these dates? Check out our online tutorials.

Discovering Rare Books and Archives in Special Collections

(30 minutes)

This workshop will provide information on material available in the Library's Special Collections Department, how to discover it and how to access it. It will also briefly cover how to find similar material elsewhere.

Location: MindSphere Lounge, Ground Floor, The Diamond

Can't make these dates? Check out our video.

Discovering and Referencing Images

(30 minutes)

This short session will introduce sources for discovering images that can be reused, and provide guidance on referencing images within your academic work.

Location: MindSphere Lounge Ground Floor, The Diamond

Can't make these dates? Check out our 'Discovering images' or 'Attributing images' tutorials.

Images: Discover, Understand, Reference

(1 hour 15 minutes)

Would you like to use images in your work? This workshop will introduce you to searching for copyright free and Creative Commons images, interpreting images, and referencing images within your academic work.

Location: Library Skills Room, Level 4, The Diamond

Can't make these dates? Check out these tutorials:

Literature searching for the systematic review

(1 hour 30 minutes)

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 and how to use 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 explore how to organise the search process efficiently. You’ll get some hands-on practice searching and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions related to your own project.

No events currently scheduled - If you're interested in this workshop please contact library@sheffield.ac.uk

A recording of last semester's webinar is available.

Understanding

Using ebooks effectively

(30 minutes)

Want to get the best out of ebooks? This workshop provides an overview of their benefits, functionality and applications, enabling you to make efficient and effective use of our collection of online titles by using functionality such as highlighting and annotation.

Location: MindSphere Lounge Ground Floor, The Diamond

Questioning

Questioning and Evaluating Information

(1 hour)

This workshop will provide you with 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 the information you use.

Location: Library Skills Room, Level 4, The Diamond

Can't make these dates? Check out our online tutorials.

Referencing

Referencing and Plagiarism: An Introduction

(30 mins)

This short session will introduce the concept of plagiarism and provide guidance on how to reference effectively. You will also be provided with an overview of useful tools for this process.

Location: MindSphere Lounge, Ground Floor, The Diamond

Can't make these dates? Check out our online tutorials.

Preventing Plagiarism, and Reference Management

(1 hour 30 minutes)

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. Available as both a workshop and webinar.

Location: Library Skills Room, Level 4, The Diamond

Can't make these dates? Check out our online tutorials.

Creating

Producing Presentations: Top Ten Tips

(30 minutes)

This session will provide some tips for getting started with creating effective presentations and give you the chance to explore different presentation software.

Location: MindSphere Lounge, Ground Floor, The Diamond

Communicating

Blogging - from concept to communication

(1 hour 30 minutes)

This workshop will cover the purposes and benefits of blogging. You will gain experience of identifying and practicing a succinct writing style for blogging, and consider the blogging platform that is right for you. During the workshop you’ll also take the first steps in creating a blog; developing your ideas and starting to draft your first blog post.

Location: Library Skills Room, Level 4, The Diamond

Can't make these dates? Check out our online tutorials.

Communicating with Infographics

(45 minutes)

Infographics are a visual representation of information, data or knowledge. This workshop will introduce infographics and how they can be used to communicate and share a summary or results of your research. During this session you will take the first steps to creating an effective infographic.

Location: Library Skills Room, Level 4, The Diamond

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 and the Library, will explain what it really means to have commercial awareness and how you can prove you have it. You will be introduced to tools and resources you can use to think commercially and improve your skills in this area.

Can't make this date? Check out our Information and Digital Literacy (IDL) for Employment Guide

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.

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