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 runs for the Spring Semester from January 2021. Please see below for detailed information and how to register. All sessions are currently being delivered as online webinars through Blackboard Collaborate.

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.

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Research Skills For Dissertations Masterclasses (2 hours)

Working on your undergraduate dissertation? Sign up to our Research Skills for Dissertations Masterclass. This webinar will include the following short sessions, delivered by staff from the Library and 301: Academic Skills Centre:

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

Plus a choice of one of the following:

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

Please note that we will be running further dissertation masterclasses aimed at postgraduate students during June and July.

Please sign up using the links below
Thursday 22nd April 2-4pm
Tuesday 27th April 2-4pm

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials and interactive guides:
Library Guide for Dissertations

Discovering

Discovering Information: Getting started (1 hour)

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.

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

Using Resource Lists: a tutorial for students
Using StarPlus: finding resources for your course and research
Database 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 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 webinar you need to have a solid understanding of how to use StarPlus- please work through the StarPlus tutorial or attend our webinar "Discovering Information: Getting Started".

Please book using the links below:

Tuesday 20th April 11am-12pm
Wednesday 28th April 3-4pm


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 (1 hour)

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 book using the link below:

Thursday 6th May 11am-12pm

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 Primary Sources (1 hr)

In this session you will find out more about the digital primary source 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 book using the link below:

Thursday 29th April 3-4pm

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 (1 hour)

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 book using the links below:

Wednesday 21st April 2-3pm
Friday 30th April 11am-12pm

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

Referencing

Referencing and Preventing Plagiarism (1 hour)

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.

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

Using Reference Management Software: An Introduction (1 hour)

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 webinar. Participants are asked to create an account in Mendeley, and then download Mendeley Desktop before the webinar, to use in one of the activities during the session.

Please book using the links below:

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

Creating

Producing Presentations: An Introduction (1 hour)

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.

There are no sessions currently scheduled but we can offer the following online guide:

Creating websites using Google Sites: An Introduction (1 hour)

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 book using the link below:

Thursday 22nd April 11am-12pm

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 (1 hour)

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.

Please book using the link below:

Tuesday 4th May 2-3pm

We also offer the following complementary 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 book using the link below:

Thursday 6th May 3-4pm

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!