Workshops

Information about our research skills and critical thinking workshops for taught students.

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Our research skills and critical thinking workshops are aimed at taught course students from all departments. If you are a postgraduate research student please see the Doctoral Development Programme workshops.

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 have finished for the summer but will begin again in September 2022 and further dates will be added to this page soon. Continuing students can book onto our Reconnect with Your Research Skills workshops now (see below to book).

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.

HEAR recognition

Attendance at our research skills and critical thinking workshops can count towards your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) through the Academic Skills Certificate.

Accessibility

All online webinars are delivered using Blackboard Collaborate. Please see the Blackboard Collaborate accessibility statement statement and the Library accessibility statement.


Reconnect with your Research Skills

Getting ready to return to your studies after the summer? Continuing students can get ahead with our three-week programme of one-hour webinars in September 2022 to reconnect with your research skills  in referencing and avoiding plagiarism, and discovering and questioning information

Please see below for detailed information and how to register. These sessions are being delivered as online webinars through Blackboard Collaborate. 


Getting the Most Out of StarPlus 

Aimed at continuing students, this session will focus on how to use StarPlus in the most effective way to discover your recommended reading, search for further reading, filter your results, generate citations and make full use of your library account to start organising your references.

Please sign up using the links below: 

Thursday 8th September 2-3pm

Tuesday 13th September 2-3pm

We also offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Discovering and Questioning Information Using Databases 

Aimed at continuing students, this session will focus on creating and applying a comprehensive search strategy to discover a manageable set of relevant results using academic databases. You will practice designing your own search strategy, refining this to suit your search requirements, and employing a critical mindset to analyse your search results.

Please sign up using the links below: 

Wednesday 7th September 2-3pm

Thursday 15th September 12-2pm


We also offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:

Referencing and Preventing Plagiarism 

Aimed at continuing students, 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.

Please sign up using the links below: 

Tuesday 6th September 3-4pm

Thursday 22nd September 12-1pm

We also offer the following online tutorials and interactive guides:


Research skills for dissertations masterclass

Are you working on your dissertation or research project? Sign up to the Library’s research skills for dissertations masterclass.

This extended webinar is delivered by staff from the Library and 301 Academic Skills Centre and combines a range of short sessions covering the following topics:

  • Discovering and questioning information

  • Referencing tips and tricks

  • Research writing – how, what, where, when?

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 in November 2022 and new dates will be added to this page soon.

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

Library guide to support dissertations

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.

We also offer the following complementary online tutorials, videos and 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 will need to already have a solid understanding of how to use StarPlus – 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:

Database guides

Developing a search strategy

Producing a literature review

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 images, graphs, charts and figures

Creating and editing images

Understanding and questioning images using the five-step method

How to attribute images

Guidance for taught course students inserting images and figures into university work

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.

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

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

Using Discover Our Archives


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:

Discovering and using ebooks


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:

What is critical thinking and why is it important?

Evaluating information and critical thinking

How to read a journal article


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 course will be announced in due course.

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

Why reference?

Referencing: the essentials

Departmental referencing guides

Understanding plagiarism

Plagiarism and referencing quiz

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. 

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

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

Referencing: the essentials 

Using reference management software

Departmental referencing 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:

Presentations: planning, creating and delivering

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:

How to create a Google Site


Disseminating

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:

Blogging: from concept to communication

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:

Introduction to infographics

Commercial awareness

Commercial awareness is 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

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