Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers now open for booking

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue their in-depth research with a series of Information Skills Workshops designed to their needs. With so much academic literature available through the University of Aberdeen, these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to locate and manage the materials you need.

The workshops will take place at the start of February 2018 and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them. Read on for further information on the workshops. To book workshops visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

There are three workshops on offer, each lasting two hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and E-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

 *IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references (Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

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Information Skills Workshops for PhD researchers now open for booking

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue, their in-depth research with a series of Information Skills Workshops designed to their needs. With so much academic literature available through the University of Aberdeen these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to locate and manage the materials you need.

These workshops will take place in November 2016 and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them. Read on for further information on the workshops. To book workshops visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

There are three workshops on offer, each lasting two hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and E-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

Feedback from those who have previously attended these sessions have been positive and they highlight how after attending they felt better equipped to find and manage the materials required for research. One quote from a previous attendee nicely sums up what we are aiming for with these sessions:

“I will definitely be searching smarter than before”

Our aim is that after you attend you will also leave feeling this way.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references (Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Information Skills classes. We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

Exporting to RefWorks – difficulties

Many users are experiencing difficulties today (Tuesday 2 February) exporting records into RefWorks from a range of databases. This is occurring at universities across the UK and the problem is under investigation by RefWorks. If at all possible we would suggest saving your search strategy or results by other means e.g. save to list, so that you can export to RefWorks later, once the difficulty has been resolved.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

Free Information Skills Workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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At the Library we believe you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of free workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.

These are our Find it Fast! Information Skills Workshops, and they will be running between January 19 and February 4 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services and resources we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. They cover:

  • Using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources.
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • How to manage your references correctly when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism.

Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The ‘RefWorks – Managing References and Creating Bibliographies’ workshops are offered in two parts so you must complete part 1 before attending part 2.
  • Unfortunately, these referencing workshops are not suitable for Law students as the software taught does not support the legal referencing style, OSCOLA.

To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and search for Information Skills courses.

Free workshops available to help you with your referencing – sign up now!

Are you confused by referencing? Befuddled by bibliographies? Well, don’t worry because you certainly aren’t the only one. The good news is that by signing up for our Referencing Workshops library staff can show you how to make the whole process of referencing so much easier.

refworks logoHere at the University of Aberdeen all students are entitled to a free account with RefWorks, an online reference management programme. It helps you store all your references and also create beautiful bibliographies for your assignments and dissertations.

fif logoTo find out more about this really useful software come along to free workshops taking place in The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the next two weeks. These two-part workshops, for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, will introduce you to the software and the ways in which it integrates with Microsoft Word to help you produce your perfectly referenced coursework.

RefWorks is suitable for both Microsoft and Mac computers.

More information on RefWorks is available in some of our online Library Guides.

An important point, however, is that RefWorks will not be suitable for students studying within the School of Law, as the unique OSCOLA referencing style used within the legal field is not supported by RefWorks. RefWorks is also not compatible with many of the legal academic databases used by students and researchers in Law.

To find out more information and book a place on the Find it Fast! Using RefWorks Workshops taking place between October 20th and 29th visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking, and search for Reference Management.

We look forward to seeing you there to help you get on top of your referencing.

Ewan Grant

LIBRARY WORKSHOPS: Free lunchtime workshops to help you find materials

Now that teaching has begun again it may be time to turn your attention to finding the books and other materials that you need to study. Well, to help you find the materials you need, the Library service are running a series of free information skills workshops this term.

We call these our Find it Fast! Sessions and they begin next week, taking place between 27 January and 12 February 2015.

The Find it Fast! sessions are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. We cover:

  • Using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources
  • How to access the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to manage your references when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism.
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly

These workshops are perfect for undergraduates and taught postgraduates across all Colleges. Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The ‘Managing References and Creating Bibliographies’ workshops are offered in two parts so you must complete part 1 before attending part 2.
  • Unfortunately, these referencing workshops are not suitable for Law students as the software taught does not support the legal referencing style, OSCOLA.
  • And, because we offer repeats of most of the workshops please be sure to only sign up for one of each of them.

 

To find out more and to view the full list of information skills workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking

Places are limited, and fill up quickly , so sign up now before it’s too late.

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk