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Thursday 9 February

11:00
Academic reading and note making - for researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Effective note making is an essential bridge between reading and writing. When making notes for a long piece of writing, if you paraphrase and interpret as you go along, you will be able to retrieve what you have learned from reading quickly and efficiently and often produce sections that you can drop straight into your work. This workshop will introduce you to the theory of good note making, discuss different note making techniques and offer advice for deciding which approach best suits your practices.

Please note: This session will be offered, either online or in person, in Michaelmas, Lent and Easter terms.

13:00
Know Moore About: Web of Science new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Want to know where to get started with your research? Join us as we explore Web of Science, an online platform giving you access to a range of databases in a single search. In this session we will look at basic and advanced search functions, how to set up and search author profiles to keep track of outputs and how to find relevant citations. We will also share our top tips for getting the most out of Web of Science.

Join us online and book today.

14:00
Medicine: PubMed Q & A new [Places] 14:00 - 15:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

This session is aimed at NHS and University of Cambridge staff or students who have already had prior training in database searching and want to learn more about the features of PubMed. Those who want to attend an introductory session should book onto the Introduction to Literature Searching course, or the Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching if they are NHS staff.

14:30
Orientation tour: University Library [West Road] [Places] 14:30 - 15:30 University Library

The UL is unique: a national, legal deposit library with an amazing collection of around 8 million items - over two million of which you can browse on our open shelves. If that sounds a bit daunting, why not come on a brief orientation tour to help you find your way around? We’ll even tell you what we keep in the famous Library tower ...

Please note this tour does not cover the University's vast electronic and digital collections: to find out more about using these, please see check for courses on our timetable or ask a member of Library staff for help.

Friday 10 February

14:00
Medicine: Embase and Medline Q & A new [Places] 14:00 - 15:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

This session is aimed at NHS and University of Cambridge staff or students who have already had prior training in database searching and want to learn more about the features of Embase and Medline via the Ovid interface. Those who want to attend an introductory session should book onto the Introduction to Literature Searching course, or the Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching if they are NHS staff.

15:00

Need to find scientific litertaure and resources for your Part II dissertation or project? We've got you covered.

In this session, we will introduce you to breaking down your research question, developing your keywords or vocabulary for what you want to search for, before putting it all together using tried and tested techniques to get the best results quickly. We'll show you where to find relevant and reliable resources, how to navigate pesky paywalls and even how to hack Google...legally of course!

If you can't make our live sessions, everything we talk about (and a little bit more) is covered in our self-guided online course.

Want something a bit more advanced? Check out our Going further with your literature searching for your Biological Sciences dissertation or project workshop which will show more detailed searching, demonstrate how the reference manager Zotero can help you at Part II, as well as leaving lots of time for questions and troubleshooting.

16:30
Orientation tour: University Library [West Road] [Places] 16:30 - 17:30 University Library

The UL is unique: a national, legal deposit library with an amazing collection of around 8 million items - over two million of which you can browse on our open shelves. If that sounds a bit daunting, why not come on a brief orientation tour to help you find your way around? We’ll even tell you what we keep in the famous Library tower ...

Please note this tour does not cover the University's vast electronic and digital collections: to find out more about using these, please see check for courses on our timetable or ask a member of Library staff for help.

Monday 13 February

13:00
How to prepare a polished conference poster (for Biological Sciences) [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Need to create a conference poster but are not sure where to start? This session will introduce participants to the fundamentals of designing an effective and engaging poster that is perfect for communicating research ideas. The session will look at good design practice, where to source free high quality graphics, as well as deciding what you should (and maybe shouldn't) include in your final poster.

14:00
Literature searching for research - for EPSRC CDT students Not bookable 14:00 - 15:30 West Hub, West Room 1

This session equips participants with foundational skills that they need to build and execute effective search strategies to locate relevant materials for literature reviews, projects, and other related research activities. The session will explore key searching techniques, where to search, how to troubleshoot common searching problems, as well as keeping up to date with the latest research.

Medicine: Searching the deep web and grey literature new [Places] 14:00 - 15:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Finding grey literature can be a challenging element of research and assessed work. This course explains what grey literature is and why it should be included in systematic or literature reviews, sites and sources of grey literature, alternative search engines to Google and how to search Google more effectively.

This course is aimed at those who are including grey literature in their systematic or literature reviews, but may also be of interest to those who want to search the web more efficiently.

Tuesday 14 February

11:00

This session will help researchers explore academic literature through discussing key skills such as critical evaluation, structural reading, effective note-taking, and getting started with writing.

Please note: This session will be offered, either online or in person, in Michaelmas, Lent and Easter terms.

13:00
Know Moore About: Research Data Management [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Data management is a vital part of all research projects. Done well it can save time and stress as well as making the research process more efficient. This session will introduce participants to the basic elements of managing the information they use and create as part of their projects including how information can be backed up, stored and shared.

Book your place today.

Wednesday 15 February

14:00
Troubleshooting with the Biological Sciences Libraries Team: ask us your questions! new [Places] 14:00 - 15:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Drop in for a chat with a member of the Biological Sciences Libraries Team:

We can help you with lots of things including:

  • referencing
  • getting to grips with critical reading
  • understanding your recommended reading
  • finding books and digital content
  • successfully executing a literature search
  • and much more!

If we can't answer your question in the session, we'll take your details and investigate it further for you!

Thursday 16 February

12:00
Medicine: Writing for Publication (for University and NHS) [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

A course designed to take you step-by-step through academic writing and publication, with tips and resources to make writing up as simple as possible. The course will demystify the peer-review process, and help you to improve the precision and clarity of your academic writing.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

Please note: this session may be recorded. By signing up for the session, you register your consent for recording to take place. Please email librarytraining@medschl.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

Friday 17 February

11:00
Managing your research data - for researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences [Standby] 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Managing your data well is a key responsibility as a researchers and it prevents disasters. You will encounter research data in many forms, ranging from measurements, numbers and images to documents and publications.

Whether you create, receive or collect this information, you will need to look after it properly.

Managing digital information properly is a complex issue. Doing it correctly from the start could save you a lot of time and hassle when preparing a publication or writing up your thesis.

Please note: This session will be offered, either online or in person, in Michaelmas, Lent and Easter terms.

Monday 20 February

13:00
Getting started with Research Data Management (for Biological Sciences) [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

This session introduces participants to the concept of research data, all the forms that it can take as well as negotiating the management of different data depending on their type.

Topics such as effective storage, handling sensitive data, and developing best practice approaches to avoid data loss during a project will be covered. The session will also explore how to create a data management plan (DMP) and the support available, as well as providing an overview of useful tools and services both within the University of Cambridge and beyond.

Tuesday 21 February

11:00
How to Write When You Don't Want to Write [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Do you feel you often experience 'writer's block' where you can't seem to start or make good progress with your writing? In this class, we will discuss ways of mitigating and getting past writer's block, particularly through seeing blocks as opportunities for writing.

Through discussing certain myths about academic writing and healthy ways of conceptualising the writing process, you will become familiar with techniques for freeing up your writing and making steady progress on your dissertation and other writing projects.

Please note: This session will be offered, either online or in person, in Michaelmas, Lent and Easter terms.

14:00
Medicine: Writing a Systematic Review Protocol (for University and NHS) new [Places] 14:00 - 15:30 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Publishing a protocol -- stating in advance the search strategy, inclusion and exclusion criteria, data analysis and other evaluative techniques -- is a core requirement for conducting a systematic review. The process of writing this protocol will also mean you have written in advance a large chunk of what will need to go into the finished systematic review, saving you a huge amount of time.

This session will cover the contents and types of information you will need to provide in your protocol, and will give attendees the opportunity to write a draft protocol, as well as highlighting helpful resources and further support.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

Please note: this session may be recorded. By signing up for the session, you register your consent for recording to take place. Please email librarytraining@medschl.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

Wednesday 22 February

14:00
Troubleshooting with the Biological Sciences Libraries Team: ask us your questions! new [Places] 14:00 - 15:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Drop in for a chat with a member of the Biological Sciences Libraries Team:

We can help you with lots of things including:

  • referencing
  • getting to grips with critical reading
  • understanding your recommended reading
  • finding books and digital content
  • successfully executing a literature search
  • and much more!

If we can't answer your question in the session, we'll take your details and investigate it further for you!

Thursday 23 February

10:00
Medicine: Research Data Management (for University and NHS) [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 Cambridge University Libraries Online

There is an increasing emphasis in research on the management and sharing of data. Many funding bodies that support research undertaken at Cambridge require not only open access to any publications based on that research, but also to the data underlying it. This course will help you understand funders’ requirements for management and sharing of research data, and will provide opportunities to create your own data management plan and test out resources that will make the data management process easier.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

Please note: this session may be recorded. By signing up for the session, you register your consent for recording to take place. Please email librarytraining@medschl.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

11:00

Managing your data well is a key responsibility as a researchers and it prevents disasters. You will encounter research data in many forms, ranging from measurements, numbers and images to documents and publications.

Whether you create, receive or collect this information, you will need to look after it properly.

This course will teach you how to store, organise and share your research data well. Doing this correctly from the start could save you a lot of time and hassle when preparing a publication or writing up your thesis.

Please note: This session will be offered, either online or in person, in Michaelmas, Lent and Easter terms.

Friday 24 February

13:00
Know Moore About: Publishing Your Research in an Open World [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

The world of publication is changing. There are more ways to share the outputs of your research than ever before and at the same time there is an increasing emphasis on sharing these outputs openly.

This session will guide you through the essentials of publishing and sharing your research outputs (both formal and informal) to ensure maximum exposure for your work. From choosing the best format and publisher to avoiding problem publishers this session will outline everything you need to know including an introduction to open access.

Learn how to make the most of open publication and book a place now.

Monday 27 February

12:00
Medicine: Creating a Conference Poster (for University and NHS) new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

A course to take you through conference poster design, with tips and resources to help with the content and presentation in order to ensure you communicate your research effectively. The course will cover where to source good quality, free graphics, how to include references in your poster, and advice about how best to present it at a conference. The session will NOT involve hands-on creation of a poster.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

Please note: this session may be recorded. By signing up for the session, you register your consent for recording to take place. Please email librarytraining@medschl.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

13:00
How to give great presentations, when you hate giving presentations (for Biological Sciences) [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

This session will introduce participants to different methods of communicating research before moving on to a discussion around best practice and techniques when preparing a presentation. Participants will be introduced to concepts around good design, accessibility, data presentation, and accessing Creative Commons licensed materials for their work.

The session will conclude with an exploration of good delivery techniques with additional advice on what to do if it all goes wrong.

Tuesday 28 February

11:00

A course designed to take you step-by-step through academic writing and publication, with tips and resources to make writing up as simple as possible. The course will demystify the peer-review process, and help you to improve the precision and clarity of your academic writing.

Please note: This session will be offered, either online or in person, in Michaelmas, Lent and Easter terms.

13:00
Know Moore About: Promoting Yourself and Your Research [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Congratulations – you’ve published your research! But what are you going to do now? Although it might be tempting to move onto the next project you need to ensure that people are able to find, read and use your outputs. Not only can this help to increase the readership of your output but it can enhance your reputation and lead to more opportunities.

This session will guide you through the decisions you need to make to create a promotional strategy that works for you. We will look at how to build a successful online profile, where to (legally) share your work and where to spend time creating a targeted output.

Learn how to build a personalised promotional strategy and book your place now.