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This workshop session aims to address the following:

  • What is critical reading?
  • Reading productively
  • Reading critically
  • Effective note-taking techniques

The course will be a mixture of front-led instruction and interactive small group discussions.

These 30 minute small group sessions are an opportunity for you to obtain support for searching databases and using referencing software. General advice and support will be offered, and any specific queries will be addressed.

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Date Availability
Thu 30 Jan 2020 10:30 [Places]
Bibliographic Searching for TRS Researchers Mon 27 Jan 2020   10:30 [Places]

Introduction to Bibliographic Searching in Theology and Religious Studies will give a brief overview of the issues of searching for publications in general, and follow this up with searching the specialist Theology and Religious studies bibliographic database ATLA and Index Theologicus.

CUL: Book a Buddy! new Mon 20 Jan 2020   09:00   [More dates...] Not bookable
  • Nervous or intimidated about visiting the UL for the first time?
  • Don’t know where to begin with a Literature search?
  • Can never find the books you need on the open shelves?

Book a buddy!

Email reference@cam.ac.uk to arrange a session. Tell us what you need help with and we’ll match you with a member of library staff who can show you what you need to know, whether it’s searching the catalogue, using Electronic Legal Deposit, finding open shelf books or something else entirely.

Don't suffer in silence - Book a buddy!

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Mon 30 Mar 2020 09:00 Not bookable
CUL: Critical Reading - Breaking it Down new Wed 29 Jan 2020   15:00 [Places]

This session is designed for anyone who would like to learn more about how to read academic literature. This hour long workshop explores reading techniques, article structures and productive reading, while also providing techniques you can use to tackle your weekly readings.

Learning critical reading skills is a useful way to make better notes from what you have read and can help you to organise and plan what you read. This session will help you to put these skills to good use and become more confident at reading academic literature.

CUL: Disabled or neurodiverse User Orientation new Mon 20 Jan 2020   09:00   [More dates...] Not bookable
  • Nervous or intimidated about visiting the UL for the first time?
  • Don’t know where to begin with a Literature search?
  • Want to discuss your Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan?

Book a buddy!

Email disability@cam.ac.uk to arrange a session. Tell us what you need help with and we’ll match you with a member of library staff who can show you what you need to know, whether it’s searching the catalogue, using Electronic Legal Deposit, finding open shelf books or something else entirely.

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Mon 27 Jan 2020 09:00 Not bookable
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Mon 23 Mar 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 30 Mar 2020 09:00 Not bookable
CUL:Non-Medical Helper Orientation new Mon 20 Jan 2020   09:00   [More dates...] Not bookable
  • Nervous or intimidated about visiting the UL for the first time?
  • Don’t know where to begin with a Literature search?
  • Can never find the books you need on the open shelves?
  • Want to learn what extra support the UL can offer?

Book a buddy!

Email disability@cam.ac.uk to arrange a session. Tell us what you need help with and we’ll match you with a member of library staff who can show you what you need to know, whether it’s searching the catalogue, using Electronic Legal Deposit, finding open shelf books or something else entirely. You are welcome to attend by yourself or alongside the student that you assist.

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Mon 27 Jan 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 3 Feb 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 10 Feb 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 17 Feb 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 24 Feb 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 2 Mar 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 9 Mar 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 16 Mar 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 23 Mar 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 30 Mar 2020 09:00 Not bookable
CUL: Orientation tour Tue 21 Jan 2020   10:00   [More dates...] [Places]

The University Library holds over 9 million physical items and provides access to millions of online resources. In this session an experienced member of UL staff will show you the basics to get you started.

The tour will include:

  • A brief introduction to iDiscover - your main tool for locating resources in the UL and other University of Cambridge Libraries
  • A tour of the physical spaces including the Main Reading Room and Open bookstacks
  • Demonstrations of how to locate the physical items you need and brief explanations of Electronic Legal Deposit and E-Resource access
  • We'll show you where the important things are such as toilets, Tea Room, and comfortable areas to work
  • We'll answer any questions you may have
  • We'll make sure that by the end of the tour you will know where to go to find help

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Date Availability
Wed 12 Feb 2020 14:30 [Places]
Mon 2 Mar 2020 16:00 [Places]
Divinity Faculty Library Tour Tue 28 Jan 2020   10:00   [More dates...] [Places]

This tour of the Divinity Faculty Library is primarily aimed at members of the University who are not Divinity Faculty members, but any member of the Divinity Faculty is welcome too. Each tour will be led by a member of the Divinity Faculty Library team.

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Date Availability
Wed 29 Jan 2020 15:00 [Places]

We start with an orientation session at the Divinity Faculty (ca. 45 minutes), followed by a tour of the University Library (ca. 30 minutes) for Divinity Faculty members, led by members of the Divinity Faculty Library staff.

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Fri 31 Jan 2020 14:15 [Places]

You own your own research right? Well it depends. In this session we will explore the sometimes very complicated world of copyright and what can happen when you publish your work. We'll also introduce you to concepts such as third party copyright, and how you can use existing licencing tools to maximise the reach of your research as well as using other peoples work to advance your own, but legally.

Early English Books Online database new Wed 22 Jan 2020   12:00   [More dates...] [Places]

A session with Louisa Vickers-Mills (ProQuest) looking at the new interface for the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database. EEBO contains around 17 million pages digitised from nearly 150,000 works printed in the British Isles and North America, as well as elsewhere in the world in the English language, up to 1700. It covers all subject areas, with particularly good representation for literature, theology, history, politics and the arts.

This session will explain how to use EEBO for your research and which features can help you get the best from the content.

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Date Availability
Wed 22 Jan 2020 14:00 [Open]

The Graduate Self-Assessment tool is intended for those in the Humanities & Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities schools. It is the first step in an online module designed to help you to assess your own skill-set, identify target areas for improvement and make decisions about what to do next. The tool is recommended for all first year postgraduates, but will be available for you to return to check on your progress.

Once you have completed the self-assessment exercise a number of options for developing your skills will become available to you, ranging from reading articles to signing up for relevant face-to-face workshops.

We encourage students to take the survey about once a year, but it is particularly useful for those who are just starting their PhD and for those who are just entering the final year of their PhD.

You will need to click here to gain access to the self-assessment tool.

If you already know the basics of Research Data Management (RDM) – for example backing up your work, file storage options - but now need to know more about effective strategies for sharing your data, then this course is for you!

This course gives a brief recap on RDM and then covers managing personal and sensitive data in the context of the new GDPR legislation, why it is a Good Thing to share your data, and how to do this most effectively in terms of describing your data, deciding where to share it, and using licences to control how your data is used by others. You will even get to write your own Data Management Plan (DMP): these help you manage your data throughout a project and after it has ended and are increasingly required as part of a grant or fellowship application. You will also learn about the range of support services available to you within the University for managing your data.

If you are completely new to the concept of research data management then the beginners course is for you.

What would happen to your research data if your lab exploded, or your laptop was stolen, or your cloud storage account was hacked? How could you prevent data loss in these situations? Managing your data effectively is vital to help you do this.

This workshop will introduce the basic principles of Research Data Management (RDM) and how they are relevant throughout the research life cycle.

Intended for those who are new to RDM, this course will firstly explain what RDM is, and then go on to cover basic data back-up and storage options, file sharing tools, and strategies for organising your data, as well as providing guidance on managing personal or sensitive data. You will also learn about the range of support services available to you within the University for managing your data.

If you already have a basic understanding of RDM then the advanced course is probably more appropriate for you to attend.

Finding Secondary Literature Thu 23 Jan 2020   11:00 [Places]

Finding secondary literature to inform and support your research is paramount to any higher-level research. This session focuses on the concepts as well as practical issues, to give participants a more comprehensive understanding of the issues and features of literature searching.

Please bring your own wifi-connected device, so that you can look at some of the platforms.

Getting to Know Scopus Wed 22 Jan 2020   14:00 [Places]

Scopus is a citation and abstract database of peer-reviewed literature that can be used by researchers to determine the impact of specific authors, articles/documents, and journals. It contains over 76 million records in the areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities. In Scopus, it is possible to perform quick searches by document, author, or affiliation. You will learn how to perform basic searches, analyse the results, check affiliation and researcher profiles and consult journal metrics for the over 23,000 titles currently in Scopus.

This session will be delivered by Dr Charles Martinez, Senior Customer Consultant, Elsevier.

Please bring your own device so you are able to follow along with the session examples.

This session will help prepare you to begin your literature review. You will learn strategies for searching for relevant material, how to troubleshoot common search problems, and how to stay up to date with new publications in your field.

Please bring a laptop, tablet or other web-enabled devide with you to the session.

This session will develop skills that will help you get the most out of your literature review. From a foundation of effective search strategies, you will learn how to critically appraise academic literature, techniques for getting through sources quickly and evaluating their relevance, engaging with key material and beginning to write your literature review itself, as well as ensuring accuracy in your citations and references.

Please bring a laptop, tablet or other web-enabled device with you to the session.

An introduction to the use of the specialist Theology and Religious studies bibliographic database ATLA for undergraduates, providing information on how to make the most effective use of this resource; of particular relevance to those preparing or working on a dissertation and wanting to acquire wider bibliographic information on a specific topic.

Introduction to Literature Searching and Referencing new Fri 24 Jan 2020   12:00 [Places]

This session aims to address the following:

  • How to define and refine your research question
  • Building up your search skills
  • Learning what databases to use and when
  • Getting Google to work for you
  • Evaluating your sources
  • Referencing what you find
Know Moore About: Copyright new Thu 5 Mar 2020   13:00 [Places]

From fair dealing to sharing your research online it seems that nothing with copyright is ever simple. There are few black and white rules about copyright but there can be serious consequences for getting things wrong! This session will cover the basics of UK copyright law and how these impact researchers such as dealing with third party materials, seeking permissions and how to manage risk.

Know Moore About: Creative Commons new Thu 19 Mar 2020   13:00 [Places]

Creative Commons licenses sit alongside existing copyright regulations as a way to help researchers use existing creations and share their own work with others. This session will explore the history of the Creative Commons movement, explore how the licenses can be put together and how researchers can use them to their best advantage.

Know Moore About: Data Management Plans new Thu 12 Mar 2020   13:00 [Places]

Many funders now require evidence of how researchers will manage the data they use and collect before funding is even released. Although this can seem like yet another piece of unnecessary paperwork, data management plans can actually make the research process much more efficient. This interactive session will encourage participants to think about the different elements of a plan and give them a chance to review existing plans to gather ideas they can use in their own work.

Know Moore About: Predatory Publishers new Thu 13 Feb 2020   13:00 [Places]

This session will look at the 'problem' of so-called predatory publishers. These firms regularly approach researchers via email to solicit manuscripts and conference papers and with the increased emphasis on publishing as a measure of success it can be easy to give into temptation. This session will look at whether these publishers are a problem, how to spot a potential predatory publisher or conference and the best action to take if you are approached.

Know Moore About: Presentations new Thu 6 Feb 2020   13:00 [Places]

This session will introduce participants to a variety of methods used to communicate research before moving on to a discussion around best practice and techniques when preparing a presentation. Participants will first be given advice on producing slides, focusing on good design, accessibility, data presentation, and accessing Creative Commons licenced 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.

Know Moore About: Productivity new Thu 2 Apr 2020   13:00 [Places]

This session will discuss a number of ways to increase your productivity during your studies. Firstly we will look at how to decipher your reading lists, before moving onto reading and note taking techniques. We will also take a look at how you can prioritise your tasks and time. Finally we will look at some of the ways you can create your perfect working atmosphere - from comfy seats to background noise apps.

Know Moore About: Referencing new Thu 20 Feb 2020   13:00 [Places]

This session introduces participants to the importance of good referencing practices within their work, and how it promotes good academic integrity. The University of Cambridge’s position on plagiarism will be examined before moving on to a discussion around good referencing techniques (both by hand and using a reference manager), using the Harvard referencing style as an example. Participants will see a live demonstration of the reference management tool Zotero, and will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions or book a follow-up 1-2-1 session.

Know Moore About: Research Data Managment new Thu 27 Feb 2020   13:00 [Places]

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.

Know Moore About: Responsible Metrics new Thu 26 Mar 2020   13:00 [Places]

Metrics have long been used as an indicator of academic success and as a way to make key decisions. As the measurement of impact becomes increasingly important within academia there has been something of a backlash against trusting purely quantitative methods of assessment. The Responsible Metrics movement aims to ensure that metrics are used fairly alongside other measures to gather a true assessment of impact. This session will discuss what the Responsible Metrics movement is, why it was developed, its importance and how research staff can get involved.

Making Your Research Impactful Thu 6 Feb 2020   11:30 [Places]

This session explores why you should share your all research as widely as possible and how you can go about doing so. It will demonstrate the potential that Open Research can have in maximising exposure for your work and how you can track and trace how your research is being shared online.

Please bring your own internet-enabled device to this session.

This session will introduce you to Zotero (https://www.zotero.org/), a free tool to manage bibliographies and bibliographic databases.

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Fri 7 Feb 2020 14:00 [Places]

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.

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Mon 17 Feb 2020 12:00 [Places]

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.

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Tue 21 Jan 2020 17:00 [Places]
Thu 23 Jan 2020 12:00 [Places]
Fri 24 Jan 2020 12:00 [Places]

A course specifically for NHS staff. Attendees will learn how to search databases accessed with an Athens login (such as Medline, Embase and Cinahl) effectively and efficiently, to learn how to save searches and references, and to create and maintain a bibliography.

All attendees are required to have an NHS Athens login. University of Cambridge staff and students wanting to learn similar material should book onto the Introduction to Literature Searching (for University) course instead.

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Date Availability
Thu 20 Feb 2020 14:00 [Places]

A course specifically for University of Cambridge staff and students. Attendees will learn how to search medical/healthcare databases accessed with a Raven login (such as Medline and Embase) effectively and efficiently, to learn how to save searches and references, and to create and maintain a bibliography. This course is delivered at an introductory/refresher level, and assumes you have had no prior training in how to search databases.

All attendees are required to have a Raven login. NHS staff wanting to learn similar material should book onto our 'Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching' course instead.

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Date Availability
Mon 24 Feb 2020 10:00 [Places]

How to take the bile out of your bibliography, and ensure that it's not the most time-consuming part of your work. A variety of tools will be showcased: EndNote, EndNoteWeb, Zotero, Mendeley.

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Date Availability
Fri 28 Feb 2020 10:00 [Places]

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.

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Date Availability
Wed 19 Feb 2020 14:00 [Places]

Before undertaking any piece of primary research it’s important to be aware of as much of the existing literature as possible. A systematic literature review can also be a research end in itself. And it’s not something to be taken lightly. But how can you be sure you’re being as rigorous as necessary? How can you manage the references you find, document the process, and also know when to stop searching?

This session assumes attendees have already had prior introductory training in literature searching. It is a prerequisite that you have attended either Introduction to Literature Searching (if you are a University of Cambridge staff member or student) or Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching (if you are an NHS staff member). Exceptions will be made if you received similar training from another department or university - please contact us if you have any questions about prerequisites.

One session - four medicine and life science databases - widest coverage for your literature search. PubMed is great, but it doesn't cover all the journals relevant to life sciences and medicine. Embase, Web of Science and Scopus can also be relevant and each covers unique material. Come to this hands-on session to learn how to get the best from each of these "4 tops".

This session is aimed at University of Cambridge staff or students who have already had prior training in database searching. 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.

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Date Availability
Wed 4 Mar 2020 14:00 [Places]

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.

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Date Availability
Wed 22 Jan 2020 12:00 [Full]
Thu 27 Feb 2020 12:00 [Places]
MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - French new Thu 13 Feb 2020   13:00 [Places]

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

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Date Availability
Thu 20 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]
MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - Italian new Tue 3 Mar 2020   13:00 [Places]

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

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Date Availability
Thu 5 Mar 2020 13:00 [Places]

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

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Date Availability
Wed 26 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]

This session is designed to introduce students to strategies to plan a revision timetable. It includes practical tips to help identify when and where you work best, strategies and techniques to stay focused, and a number of tools to block social media while revising. Memory tricks, making meaning, and chunking are all covered, as are exam day tips for the time before the exam, the day of the exam, and while in the exam.

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Tue 10 Mar 2020 13:00 [Places]
Thu 12 Mar 2020 13:00 [Places]
MMLL Library: Getting Started With Zotero new Thu 23 Jan 2020   13:00   [More dates...] [Places]

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to Zotero, a referencing software especially suited to the Arts & Humanities. Topics covered include how to install the software for free, saving citations, creating bibliographies and annotated bibliographies, shared libraries, and a number of user tips.

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Date Availability
Tue 18 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to the best tools and techniques for managing their time more effectively, getting organised, identifying how they work best, and learning to prioritise their workload. It includes online tools and strategies for effective time management.

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Date Availability
Tue 11 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]
Newspapers, past and current new Mon 17 Feb 2020   13:00 [Places]

This session will cover how to find historical and current newspapers for research.

The first half will focus on searching and accessing historical newspapers. This includes referencing, copyright restrictions and finding print and digital collections.

The second part of the session will focus on searching and accessing current news, including registering for the FT.com.

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