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An Introduction to Open Research for STEM PhD students new Mon 24 Oct 2016   10:00 Finished
  • Would you like to share your research findings with the international academic community, without paywall restrictions?
  • Would you like to boost citations of your work?
  • Did you know that funders recognise the benefits of Open Access and most now require it as a condition of their grants?

These are questions for postgraduate students at all stages of their research.

An introduction to the Manuscripts Reading Room and the collections of the Manuscripts and University Archives department. The session includes information on using the room, searching collections and services offered by the department.

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Tue 24 Oct 2017 11:00 [Places]

This sessions aims to demystify the UL and its colllections for students of Economics and Development Studies. A brief presentation will tell you all you need to know about finding and borrowing books and will be followed by a tour of the bookstacks.

The UL is unique: a national, legal deposit library with an amazing collection of around 8 million items in total, and over 1 million maps. This special session consists of a tour to help participants get to know the building, followed by an introduction to the Map Room and its holdings.

An introduction to the various online catalogue interfaces used by the University, presented by members of staff at the main University Library.

The session will cover different ways of finding print and electronic resources held by the University of Cambridge. We will introduce some of the systems you will need to use, and try to explain some of the functions (and quirks!) of these systems.

There will be a presentation covering the various catalogues and web pages, followed by some hands on exercises to give you some useful practical experience.

Chinese Resources Tue 20 Oct 2015   10:00 Finished

The Chinese collections of Cambridge University Library are among the finest outside China, including inscribed oracle bones dating from the 13th century BC; over 200,000 printed monograph titles, the earliest of which dates from the 12th century AD, and about 3,000 serial titles; about 200,000 digital books; as well as manuscripts, paintings, rubbings and other artefacts. This session will provide a brief introduction to these collections and guidance on how to make the best use of them.

Critical Appraisal For Doctors new Mon 4 Apr 2016   14:00 Finished

Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context.' Amanda Burls, What is Critical Appraisal?, Feb 2009

'An Introduction to Critical Appraisal' will help you understand how to critically appraise a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). Using the CASP Checklist the course covers samples and sample size, randomisation, bias, statistics, significance (P Values and Confidence Intervals) and relevance.

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.

Divinity Faculty: UL Tour new Wed 25 Jan 2017   14:00 Finished

An Orientation tour of the University Library for Divinity Faculty members, led by members of the Divinity Faculty Library staff.

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.

English Faculty: UL Tour Fri 21 Oct 2016   12:00 Finished

An Orientation tour of the University Library for English Faculty students, led by members of the English Faculty Library staff.

To book your place, please go to the English Faculty Library's booking system and click on the tour you wish to attend.

This session covers the essential pieces of information needed to perform searches for eresources, ejournals and ebooks on the different interfaces available to you in Cambridge. It includes recommended approaches to searching articles in journals and appropriate citation databases in different subject areas. You will be guided to preferred routes to access resources off campus and given help on the various platforms for accessing ebooks.

Finding Secondary Literature Mon 16 Oct 2017   14:15   [More dates...] [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.

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Wed 8 Nov 2017 11:15 [Places]
Getting started with Non-Print Legal Deposit new Wed 27 Sep 2017   11:30   [More dates...] Not bookable

By law, a copy of every UK print publication must be given to the British Library by its publishers, and to five other major libraries, including Cambridge University Library, that request it. Since April 2013 Legal Deposit has included material published digitally and online.

Non-print Legal Deposit material is accessed via designated PCs in the University Library and Affiliated Libraries.

With the amount of material now deposited electronically increasing, the University Library is offering informal training sessions with staff from the Reference Department. Whether you require a general overview or have specific enquiries, these sessions will be of help to you.

A member of staff will be available from 11.30-12.00 every Wednesday. There is no need to book a place; please make yourself known to staff at the enquiry desk in the main Reading Room.

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Handling Medieval and Modern Manuscripts new Tue 17 Oct 2017   11:30   [More dates...] [Places]

An introduction to the correct handling procedures for modern and medieval manuscripts, with demonstrations of how to use rests, cushions and weights, and how to deal with damaged or fragile materials, using items from the University Library collections.

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Tue 24 Oct 2017 11:30 [Places]
Handling Special Collections Material Tue 21 Oct 2014   13:00 Finished

Archives and manuscripts are unique, often fragile and irreplaceable. To avoid damage and deterioration, they need to be handled with particular care. This session will offer a practical introduction to handling archives and manuscript material.

HASS Graduate Referencing Showcase new Thu 26 Oct 2017   13:15 [Places]

Interested in using software to manage and organise your references, but not sure where to start? Or confused about the different software options available? Come along and hear about five different reference management software packages - Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote, EasyBib and RefWorks - and make a more informed choice about which, if any, will suit you and your research best.

iDiscover: Drop-in Surgery new Fri 29 Sep 2017   09:00   [More dates...] Not bookable

Need help with iDiscover? Call in at the General Enquiries Helpdesk (on the landing above the Entrance Hall) where a member of Library staff will be able to help you search our print and online collections, answer any questions you have, or give you a general overview.

Every Friday between 9.00 and 10.15.

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iDiscover drop-in tutorial new Wed 8 Mar 2017   11:00 Finished

A series of drop-in tutorials for iDiscover. University Library staff will be on hand to demonstrate iDiscover and answer any questions you may have. There's no need to book; just call-in at the General Enquiries Helpdesk on the first floor landing.

Presentation and Q&A discussion on all matters relating to image copyright. This will be an informal brown-bag session, so feel free to bring your lunch.

Images For Your Research: ARTstor Digital Library Wed 28 Jan 2015   14:30 Finished

ARTstor Digital Library is the database for images. An image library for the Arts and Sciences of over a million digital images, ARTstor comprises images for education, research and teaching across multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and sciences, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, history, American studies, Asian studies, and classical studies. This course will explore the content on offer in ARTstor, searching techniques, creating images groups and folders, using ARTstor images in presentations, and other tools available from the database.

The course is designed to be "hands-on", so you are warmly invited to bring along any current research topics, interests and queries.

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.

Introduction to Chinese Resources Wed 11 Oct 2017   10:00 [Places]

An introduction to the many resources available through the University Library's Chinese department.

Introduction to the Rare Books department new Mon 5 Dec 2016   10:30 Finished

Members of staff introduce the collections of the Rare Books Department, how to locate them and how to use the Reading Room. The Department's books include almost all of the Library's pre-1900 books, and cover nearly every subject taught in the University. This session is relevant to Library users at all levels who may wish to use rare book material. Please meet in the lobby outside the Rare Books Reading Room in the North West corner of the first floor of the Library.

An introduction to the print and online collections of the Squire Law Library led by the Squire Librarian, David Wills, and LL.M Collection Supervisor, Lizz Edwards-Waller. The tour will include a look at the dedicated LL.M print collection, information about borrowing, copying and scanning material, and an overview of the library catalogue and web pages.

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Mon 2 Oct 2017 10:00 [Full]
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Tue 10 Oct 2017 17:00 [Places]

A thirty minute introduction to the UL, aimed at those using our facilities and collections over the summer vacation period. An experienced member of staff will meet you in the Entrance Hall then lead you on a twenty minute tour of the UL,taking in the Locker Room, Open Bookstacks, Reading Room and West Room. Ten minutes are reserved after the tour for a question and answer session.

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