Research Skills and Critical Thinking workshops

Looking for our Information and Digital Literacy workshops and tutorials? You are in the right place!

In line with the new Sheffield Graduate Attributes, these now form part of the Research Skills, Critical Thinking and Digital Fluency offer. Remember to review and record your skills development in your mySkills portfolio.

Our Research Skills and Critical Thinking workshops programme starts again for the Autumn semester in October 2021. Please see below for detailed information and how to register for sessions.

Additionally, our Research Skills and Critical Thinking tutorials have been designed to support you in your studies and you can find answers to specific questions, or contact us, via Library Help.

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 including StarPlus and how to access information from your Reading Lists and beyond.

Please sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive guides:

Accessing your recommended reading
Using StarPlus
Database 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 need to have a solid understanding of how to use StarPlus- please work through the StarPlus tutorial or attend our workshop "Discovering Information: Getting Started".

Please sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive guides:

Database guides
Developing a search strategy
Producing a Literature Review

Discovering and Using Images 

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 and how to attribute creators correctly when reusing images.

Please sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive guides:

Discovering images
Understanding and Questioning images using the five-step method
How to attribute images
Departmental referencing guides
Creating and using images

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:

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 

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.

Please sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive guides:

Referencing

Referencing and Preventing Plagiarism

This session introduces the purpose 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.

Please sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive 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 - take the Plagiarism and referencing quiz or attend our Referencing and Preventing Plagiarism workshop. 

Please sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive 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.

Our colleagues at 301: Academic Skills centre provide workshops and online resources if you wish to learn more about the planning and delivering stages of your presentation.

Please sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive 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.

Please sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive 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 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:

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.

Sessions will be scheduled soon for September 2021 but we can also offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Commercial Awareness

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 sign up using the links below:

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive guides:

Research Skills and Critical Thinking for Employability

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.

Accessibility

All 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!