Research Skills and Critical Thinking workshops

Our Research Skills and Critical Thinking workshops are aimed at taught-course students from all departments. 

Workshops are delivered either as face-to-face teaching sessions in the Library Skills Room on Level 1 of the Information Commons, or online using Blackboard Collaborate.

Workshops and other sessions to support independent research projects will be running throughout the summer and will be bookable soon. Information about these workshops can be found below.

Additionally, you can work through our Research Skills and Critical Thinking online tutorials, videos, and guides at any time, and you can find answers to specific questions, or contact us, via Library Help.

Remember to review and record your skills development in your mySkills portfolio.

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Research Skills for Dissertations Masterclass

Are you working on your dissertation or final-year project? Sign up to the Library’s Research Skills for Dissertations Masterclass. This extended webinar combines a range of short sessions covering the following topics, delivered by staff from the Library and 301: Academic Skills Centre:

  • Discovering and questioning information
  • Referencing tips and tricks
  • Research writing

Plus your choice of one of the following:

  • Discovering and using images and figures
  • Discovering and using digital archives
  • Creating infographics

This session will be running during Summer 2022 and new dates will be announced soon.
We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos, and guides:

Research Skills and Critical Thinking online tutorials, videos and guides

Discovering

Discovering Information: Getting Started

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 Leganto Reading Lists and StarPlus.

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

Discovering Information: A Masterclass 

In this session you will learn how to use databases to find the best resources for your independent research project in order to achieve the highest marks. You will consider your information needs and have the opportunity to create an effective search strategy to produce a manageable set of relevant results.

To attend this workshop you will need to already have a solid understanding of how to use StarPlus- please watch the StarPlus video or attend our workshop "Discovering Information: Getting Started".

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

Discovering and Using Images, Graphs, Charts, and Figures

In this session we cover how copyright applies to images and figures, and introduce the different Creative Commons licenses. You will also find out where to discover images and figures that can be reused and how to attribute creators correctly when you reuse them.

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

Discovering and Using Digital Archives 

In this session you will find out more about the digital archive collections the University Library provides access to and how you can get the best out of them. From newspaper archives to feminist zines - find out more about the resources you can discover from home. This session is delivered by one of the Arts and Humanities Librarians.

Please sign up using the links below:

  • New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos, and 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 you can express your interest in future sessions. We also offer the following online tutorials, videos, and guides:

Questioning

Questioning and Evaluating Information 

In this session you will consider how to critically evaluate information when undertaking independent research. You will question different types of information and develop a critical approach, considering a range of questions and using the tools and data available to apply this to relevant resources.

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

Referencing

Referencing and Preventing Plagiarism

This session introduces the essentials of referencing, the concept of plagiarism and how it can be avoided, and gives you an opportunity to practice referencing in your departmental style. The session will also provide an overview of useful citation tools for this process.

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

Using Reference Management Software: An Introduction

This session looks at preventing plagiarism and referencing correctly using reference management software.

You will gain an overview of the software and how to use it to manage your references, including editing the output where necessary. To attend this session you need to have an understanding of the core aspects of referencing and plagiarism - please take the plagiarism and referencing quiz or attend our 'Referencing and Preventing Plagiarism' workshop. 

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

Creating

Producing Presentations: An Introduction

This session looks at how you can create accessible, effective slides for your presentation and gives you the opportunity to explore different presentation software.

If you wish to learn more about the planning and delivering stages of your presentation, our colleagues at 301: Academic Skills Centre provide workshops and online resources.

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

Creating Websites using Google Sites: An Introduction

This session will provide you with some top tips for getting started using Google Sites and give you the opportunity to work through guided activities to start creating a simple website of your own. You will learn the basics of setting up and structuring a Google Site, adding content, and publishing your site.

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

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 practising 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 you can express your interest in future sessions. We also offer the following online tutorials, videos, and guides:

Infographics: An Introduction

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. You will also have the opportunity to create an infographic using one of the digital tools available.

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We can also offer the following online tutorials, videos, and guides:

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. The session will introduce you to tools and resources you can use to think commercially and improve your skills in this broad area.

New dates for this session will be announced in due course.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and guides:

Research Skills and Critical Thinking for Employability

HEAR recognition

Attendance at our Research Skills and Critical Thinking Workshops can count towards your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) through The 301 Academic Skills Certificate.

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

Accessibility

All online webinars are delivered using Blackboard Collaborate. Please see the Blackboard Collaborate Accessibility statement and the University of Sheffield Library Accessibility statement.

Book onto your workshop today!