Workshops

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

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About 

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 (unless stated otherwise) or online using Blackboard Collaborate.

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.



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.

Please book using the link below: 
Tuesday 14 February, 10.00am-11.00am (online webinar)

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".

Please book using the links below; 

Thursday 16 February, 2.00pm-3.30pm (f2f workshop)

Tuesday 21 February, 12.00pm-1.00pm (online webinar)

Friday 3 March, 10.00am-11.30am (f2f workshop)

Friday 10 March, 2.00pm-3.00pm (online webinar)

Wednesday 15 March, 2.00pm-3.30pm (f2f workshop)

Wednesday 22 March 1.00pm-2.00pm (online webinar)

Tuesday 28 March, 10.00am-11.30am (f2f workshop)

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.

Please book using the links below: 

Wednesday 1 March, 2.00pm-3.00pm (online webinar)

Friday 24 March, 1.00pm-2.00pm (f2f workshop)

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.

Please book using the link below: 

Thursday 16th March 3-4pm (online webinar)

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

Using Discover Our Archives

Discovering and Using LGBT+ Primary Sources

In honour of February's LGBT+ History Month we are running a special workshop designed to give you the tools to discover a wealth of Digital Primary Source archives in relation to LGBT+ History. You will leave the session with a greater understanding of the sources available and how to get the most from them.

Please book using the link below:

Monday, 20th February, 1-2pm

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

Using Discover Our Archives 

Developing a search strategy

How to impress the employer using commercial awareness

Commercial awareness is one of the most sought after attributes employers look for but do you know what it means?

This workshop, delivered by staff from the Careers Service and the Library will explain what it really means to have commercial awareness, how it can help you in your next steps after University and how you can prove you have it.

This session will include some interactivity, introducing you to tools and resources you can use to think commercially and improve your skills in this broad area.

Please note that this session will be held in the Digital Commons on Level 1 of the Information Commons. 

Please book using the link below: 

Thursday, 2 March 2.00pm-3.30pm (f2f workshop)

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

Research skills and critical thinking for employability


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.

Please book using the links below: 

Friday 17 February, 11.00am-12.00pm (online webinar)

Wednesday 8 March, 2.00pm-3.15pm (f2f workshop)

Tuesday 14 March, 2.00pm-3.00pm (online webinar)

Thursday 30 March, 10.00am-11.15am (f2f workshop)

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

Reading for Diversity Reading Groups 

The Library has teamed up with BookSoc, Sheffield University’s book society, to create a programme of Reading for Diversity reading groups.

These will take place throughout the year and are often timed to celebrate awareness months and/ or compliment exhibitions in the Digital Exhibition Space on Level One of the Information Commons. 

This programme provides an opportunity for students to come together to critically engage with, reflect on, and discuss books from diverse and often underrepresented voices and perspectives.

Books are chosen by University of Sheffield students, and all shortlisted and discussed books are added to the Reading for Diversity Leganto Reading list, available as both print and copies via StarPlus, the Library catalogue, where possible.

LGBT+ History Month Reading Group- ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong 

As part of our Reading for Diversity series, the Library are teaming up with BookSoc to read and discuss ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong, a book selected by students in honour of LGBT+ History month.

Chosen by University of Sheffield students, Vietnamese- American poet Vuong’s stunning debut coming-of-age novel is part epistolary, part autofiction, part lyric essay and follows the early life of a gay Vietnamese refugee negotiating the weight of his selfhood in a hostile environment. At its heart is a brief, tender relationship between the novel’s narrator, Little Dog, and Trevor, a teenager who seems doomed by the expectations of white American masculinity.

The Library has provided digital and print copies of the book and it is also available to purchase from most major book retailers. Book Soc also has a limited number of print copies available. 

The discussion group will be held in the Digital Commons on Level 1 of the Information Commons.  

Book your place here: 

Tuesday 28 February, 7.00pm- 8.00pm (f2f reading group)

Decolonising your bibliography

In this reflective session, you will explore how issues such as the inherent valuation of certain types of knowledge and viewpoints can lead to some information sources being valued over others, and to significant omissions of minority perspectives in research. 

With your peers, you will have the opportunity to identify and discuss strategies to address these imbalances. You will have the chance to critically appraise a reference list or bibliography of your own

There are no sessions currently scheduled, but you can express your interest in future sessions.


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.

Please book using the links below: 

Wednesday 22 February, 1.00pm-2.00pm (f2f workshop)

Thursday 16 March, 12.00pm-1.00pm (online webinar)

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. 

Please book using the links below: 

Wednesday 15 February, 2.00pm-3.30pm (f2f workshop)

Thursday 23 February, 2.00pm-3.00pm (online webinar)

Wednesday 1 March, 10.00am-11.00am (online webinar)

Friday 17 March 1.00pm-2.30pm (f2f workshop)

Tuesday 21 March, 10.00am-11.00am (online webinar)

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.

Please book using the link below: 

Wednesday 29 March, 2.00pm-3.00pm (online webinar)

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.

Please book using the links below: 

Tuesday 28 February, 3.00pm-4.00pm (f2f workshop) 

Friday 31 March, 11.00am-12.00pm (online webinar)

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.

Please book using the link below:

Tuesday 7 March, 10.00am-11.00am (online webinar)

Thursday 23 March, 2.00pm-3.00pm (f2f workshop)

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

Introduction to infographics


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 workshop 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

  • Planning your dissertation (301: Academic Skills Centre)

Plus your choice of one of the following:

  • Discovering and using images and figures

  • Discovering and using digital archives

There are no sessions currently scheduled although we plan to run more next semester.

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

Ask a question

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Phone: +44 114 222 7200