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Being a reflective practitioner is an important skill to have, but it doesn't always come naturally. It's an essential requirement for people in a variety of professions, particularly healthcare, where it plays an important role in decision making and patient care. For nurses undertaking revalidation, reflective writing is a key component of the process, but reflective writing is likely to be of relevance to those in other professions as well.

This interactive workshop will help you to understand the theory of reflective practice and how to translate this into your everyday role. It will provide tips for overcoming barriers to carrying out reflection and how to deal with feedback as well as offering a brief introduction to reflective writing.

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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Mon 11 May 2020 14:00 [Places]

This course will help you understand how to undertake a risk of bias assessment of a systematic review, assessing its reliability, trustworthiness, and applicability. The session uses the ROBIS tool to assess a preselected published systematic review.

We ask that you read a paper that will be provided before you attend the session, in order for us to make the best use of the time together.

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Thu 30 Apr 2020 11:00 [Places]
Medicine: SSC 1 (For Year 4 clinical students only) new Wed 5 Feb 2020   11:00 Finished

Your SSC will require that you find scientific literature in order to read around a topic, even if you're are not doing a systematic review as the eventual outcome. It is a great opportunity to gain Key Skills which will be valuable for your SSC, your Year 5 Paeds CAT, and the rest of your professional life.

This session will teach you how to search medical/healthcare databases effectively and efficiently, save and record literature search terms, and keep track of the results that you find.

Medicine: SSC 2 (For Year 4 clinical students only) new Wed 5 Feb 2020   09:00 Finished

Your SSC will require that you find scientific literature in order to read around a topic, even if you're are not doing a systematic review as the eventual outcome. It is a great opportunity to gain Key Skills which will be valuable for the SSC, your Year 5 Paeds CAT, and the rest of your professional life.

This session will be a refresher in how to search medical/healthcare databases effectively and efficiently, save and record literature search terms, and keep track of the results that you find.

This is a course designed for students undertaking a systematic review for their SSC project. It will cover all aspects of the systematic review process: ensuring your database search is as comprehensive as possible (and knowing when to stop), how to manage the process and results of the systematic review, and how to save references and cite them effectively.

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.

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Fri 1 May 2020 14:00 [Places]

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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Fri 13 Mar 2020 10:00 [Places]
Tue 5 May 2020 14:00 [Places]

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.

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Wed 6 May 2020 11:00 [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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Tue 24 Mar 2020 12:00 [Places]
Mon 20 Apr 2020 12:00 [Places]
Metrics: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly Thu 29 Nov 2018   10:00 Finished

This session aims to help you navigate your way through the metrics maze. It will enable you to discover research by using metrics and how metrics can determine online impact.

It will introduce article metrics, personal indicators such as the H-index, and altmetrics. Various tools including Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and Altmetric will be demonstrated. Please bring your own device if you wish to follow along with the session.

MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - French new Thu 13 Feb 2020   13:00 Finished

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.

MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - German and Dutch new Thu 20 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.

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.

MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - Slavonic new 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.

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.

MMLL Library: Effective note making new Thu 28 Nov 2019   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce first year MMLL undergraduates to different note-making methods. The University of Cambridge definition of plagiarism will be also touched upon, after a discussion describing the connection between good note making practice and avoiding plagiarism.

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: Finding and managing your information new Thu 21 Nov 2019   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce first year MMLL undergraduates to the different kind of library and resources available to them in Cambridge. We will be learning to search IDiscover, and to maximise their searches with the use of filters. The MMLL VLE will be introduced, with advice on navigating and maximising the Reading Lists resources, before moving on to the MMLL LibGuides available. The session ends with a brief introduction to the reference management tool Zotero.

MMLL Library: Getting Started With Zotero new Tue 18 Feb 2020   13:00 [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.

MMLL Library: Time management for effective studying new Tue 11 Feb 2020   13:00 Finished

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.

Music databases and bibliographies new Thu 23 Oct 2014   14:00 Finished

We will look at different resources available for music research at Cambridge and explore search strategies, databases and bibliographies. This is a hands-on session and there will be an opportunity to focus on specific areas of research.

An informal small group session looking at research databases, referencing skills and examples of previously submitted dissertations.

Music Dissertation Skills for Part II students Wed 2 Nov 2016   14:00 Finished

An informal small group session looking at research databases, referencing skills and examples of previously submitted dissertations.

Music: Finding Music at the UL new Fri 20 Oct 2017   14:30 Finished

A session demonstrating how to find notated music at the UL using the wide range of catalogues available. This session will look at finding both printed and archival sources.

Music: Finding sheet music at the UL new Wed 22 Oct 2014   10:00 Finished

Cambridge University Library has ca. 600,000 items of sheet music (and rising!) including both printed and manuscript music. We have everything from orchestral music to popular song, manuscript film scores and medieval music. Music catalogues are among the most diverse in the university. Most music is not included on electronic catalogues and can only be found via card or sheaf catalogues, or with the help of staff. This session will provide an introduction to the music catalogues enabling you to find what you need quickly and easily.

A hands-on session exploring music databases and bibliographies available for research in Cambridge. This session offers the opportunity to focus on your own specific topic

A tour of the University Library Music Department, including a visit of our closed access materials behind the scenes. We will also give you lots of practical tips on getting the most out of the University Library Music Collections.

Music: How To Search For Pendlebury Items Wed 15 Oct 2014   10:00 Finished

This session is highly recommended for anyone new to the Pendlebury Library of Music. Even though the Newton Catalogue contains all records of items available for borrowing, limiting searches to specific media (e.g. CDs, DVDs or sheet music) can be counterintuitive. This session will demonstrate some search scenarios and also show how to recall and item which is currently on loan to someone else.

Music resources: reading lists and beyond new Wed 5 Nov 2014   10:00 Finished

We will look at different resources found on reading lists and advise on how best to locate and access these. We also go one step further and explore how to go about finding helpful additional music resources for the Music Tripos and music research.

Music: Show and Tell music display new Tue 17 Oct 2017   14:30 Finished

A display and short talk about the music collections showcasing the variety within the collections, with some of our most notable and more unusual items on display.

A guide to finding sheet music at the UL, looking at the many catalogues and resources that are available.

Music: Tour of the UL Music Department new Mon 9 Oct 2017   11:30 Finished

A tour of the University Library Music collections. A short tour principally for non-music students, but with an interest in all things musical! Open to all.

All you need to know about the music collections at the Pendlebury Library of Music and the University Library music department in a nutshell. We will be looking at: Finding your way around the Pendlebury Library catalogue, Finding sheet music at the UL and Top tips for music resources

Newspapers, past and current new Mon 17 Feb 2020   13:00 Finished

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.

This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the Official Publication (OP) collections available to students and researchers in Cambridge. The first part will be an introductory talk on how to find government and official publication material in both print and electronic formats. You can also choose to stay for the second part which will run as a clinic where staff will be available to talk one-to-one about your chosen topics and how to start your literature search.

This class will focus mostly on official documents from the UK, but will also provide general guidance that can be applied to searching for international documents.

Open Science and Your Research Mon 14 Oct 2019   11:00 CANCELLED

Open Science concepts and tools have the potential to transform the current scientific system for the greater good of all, but what does it mean for you? How can you and your work benefit from the Open Science movement? Welcome to a workshop run by ORION Open Science.

This workshop will establish what Open Science is and why it is needed. There will be an overview of the main areas of Open Science: Open Access, Open Data, Public Engagement. Dr Kevin Kunzmann will share his experiences of Open Science and why he believes in the movement. In addition, there will be some practical tips on changes researchers can make towards Open Science, the potential career benefits of Open Science, and information on what resources the ORION project can provide. The session is suitable for those with very little or basic knowledge of open science.

Orientation Tour Tue 11 Dec 2018   10:30 Finished

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.

Learn how to search databases effectively, and cite references correctly using citation software. Get the most out of your literature search for your projects.

Planning effective research trips new Tue 23 May 2017   13:00 Finished

An informal brown-bag session to share tips and answer your questions on how to ensure you get maximum value from a research trip. You are welcome to bring your lunch to this session.

This session will introduce participants to the ideas of working openly and reproducibly through presenting case studies and tools to help facilitate this kind of work. From GitHub to good file naming conventions, participants will be given the opportunity to learn from other people’s failures and to be better at future-proofing their research.

While the session has a STEM focus, it is open to all University members.

This session is part of our gaming-themed Moore Methods lunchtime series of talks.

You've published your research...now what should you do with it?

This session explores the whys and hows of sharing research - the options, the benefits and the logistics.

  • Where should you publish your research?
  • What publishing format should you choose?

This session looks at the things you need to consider in order to reach your audience effectively.

Publishing Your Research Effectively Thu 5 Mar 2020   10:00 [Places]

This session will cover the things you need to consider in order to reach your audience effectively through publication. It will introduce how you should decide which academic journal is most appropriate for your research, including considerations such as journal rankings, publication times, fees and your own publication history. It will also cover the benefits and practicalities of using pre-print servers and registered reports.

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

Rare Books Resources for History Mon 10 Nov 2014   10:30 Finished

The UL's Rare Book collections include a range of high-quality subscribed online resources which contain a wealth of source material. This hands-on session designed specifically for History students will introduce key online rare book resources for this field. You will also learn about the print research resources available within the Rare Books department.

This session relates to early source material (pre-1900) and is not intended as an introduction to general databases and research sources. Please see the Information Skills strand of the programme for these courses.

The UL's Rare Book collections include a range of high-quality subscribed online resources which contain a wealth of source material. This hands-on session designed specifically for Language and Literature students will introduce key online rare book resources for this field. You will also learn about the print research resources available within the Rare Books department. (Please note this session relates to early source material (pre-1900) and is not a general introduction to LibrarySearch or current article databases.)

Rare Books Room: An Introduction Fri 15 Feb 2019   14:30 Finished

An introduction to the UL's Rare Books Reading Room and its collections, which include material from the first European printing presses and from the wider world up to the present day.

PREVENT RESEARCH DISASTERS THROUGH GOOD DATA MANAGEMENT

  • How much data would you lose if your laptop was stolen?
  • Have you ever emailed your colleague a file named 'final_final_versionEDITED'?
  • Do you know what your funder expects you to do with your research data?

As a researcher, 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 organise it.

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.

PREVENT RESEARCH DISASTERS THROUGH GOOD DATA MANAGEMENT

  • How much data would you lose if your laptop was stolen?
  • Have you ever emailed your colleague a file named 'final_final_versionEDITED'?
  • Do you know what your funder expects you to do with your research data?

As a researcher, 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 organise it.

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.

Understanding how the book is made is vital to the study of its contents, helping to locate its economic and social context, its audience, and ultimately its historical significance. Using examples from the Whipple Library’s rare book collections and the University Library’s Historical Printing Collection, this workshop series will explore some bibliographical techniques to identify and describe the structure and production of printed material from the handpress (C16-C18) and mechanized (C19) periods, and consider the uses and abuses of online derivatives. Although the focus will be on scientific texts and illustrations, these sessions will be of interest to book historians in all disciplines, and all are welcome.

Session one - 'Survey of the handpress period' Session two - 'Book production in the handpress period and bibliographical analysis' Session three - ' The technology of book production in the handpress period' Session four - The production and analysis of images in handpress period books' Session five - 'Book production in the 19th century'

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