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CUL Research Skills

Programme of events provided by Cambridge University Libraries
(Wed 7 Oct 2020 - Tue 23 Mar 2021)

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Wed 7 Oct 2020 – Tue 23 Mar

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October 2020

Wed 7

Where on Earth is that file from two years ago? Can I share this personal data? I heard that my funder has specific requirements, what are they?

If you've asked these or similar questions, you're not alone. Data management is a key skill for researcher but many start new projects without thinking through these issues properly. Following this session you will be a well-informed data steward, making sure that you store, organise and share your data appropriately all the way through your projects.

This is a blended session: you will find out about the basic elements of good data management in your own time, then join two Cambridge Data Champions who will be sharing their experiences and tips for data management during a live session on Microsoft Teams.

Wed 21
Writing for publication Finished 13:00 - 14:00

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.

The session will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

Please note: this session may be recorded. By signing up for the session, you register your consent for recording to take place. Please email bg403@cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

Thu 29

The Office of Scholarly Communication invites you to join three PLOS Scientific Editors for an essential introduction to Peer Review.

If you have recently started peer reviewing, or are ready to get involved, this is an unmissable chance to pick up tips and best practices from PLOS, publishers of some of the top journals in the Life and Medical sciences, including one of the world's largest multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journals. (PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS ONE.)

You'll learn:

  • what you should include in a review
  • how to structure a review for clarity and rigour
  • how to phrase comments in a constructive tone
  • what editors expect when communicating with potential reviewers
  • new types of peer review practices, such as preprint commenting, and published peer review histories

November 2020

Wed 4

Where on Earth is that file from two years ago? Can I share this personal data? I heard that my funder has specific requirements, what are they?

If you've asked these or similar questions, you're not alone. Data management is a key skill for researcher but many start new projects without thinking through these issues properly. Following this session you will be a well-informed data steward, making sure that you store, organise and share your data appropriately all the way through your projects.

This is a blended session: you will find out about the basic elements of good data management in your own time, then join one of the Cambridge Data Champions who will share her experiences and tips for data management during a live session.

The live session will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please note that the session may be recorded, by booking a place you consent to the recording taking place. If you have any questions about this, email bg403@cam.ac.uk.

Wed 18
Creating a conference poster Finished 13:00 - 14:00

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.

The session will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

Please note: this session may be recorded. By signing up for the session, you register your consent for recording to take place. Please email bg403@cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

December 2020

Wed 2
Finding what you need Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

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.

The live session will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please note that the session may be recorded, by booking a place you consent to the recording taking place. If you have any questions about this, email bg403@cam.ac.uk.

January 2021

Thu 28
Note Making for Theses and Dissertations new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 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.

February 2021

Thu 11
Publishing in journals - for researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Finished 13:00 - 15:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Publishing journal articles is a key element of a successful research career. As you are starting on this journey, you may have a lot of questions, for example:

  • Where and how should I publish my research?
  • How do I maximise the number of readers and citations?
  • How should I respond to reviewers?
Mon 15

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.

This session will take place online. Once you have booked a place, you will receive a joining link in your confirmation email.

Tue 16

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.

You will need a laptop, tablet or similar device for the session.

This session will take place online. Once you have booked a place, you will receive a joining link in your confirmation email.

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.

This session will take place online. Once you have booked a place, you will receive a joining link in your confirmation email.

March 2021

Tue 2

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.

Please note that this session is offered by the Moore Library. To book a place, visit: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/cul/event/3751001

Thu 4

Confused by copyright? You are not alone!

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.

Fri 5
Referencing and Bibliographies - for researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences new [Standby] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

In a long piece of writing, good referencing is crucial for showing the breadth of your research, acknowledging the work of others, enabling readers to consult your sources and helping you avoid plagiarism. In this class, we will discuss what is referencing, why we reference, when we reference and various styles of referencing. We will also discuss whether to use referencing tools and which one(s) might be best for you.

Tue 9
Publishing academic books - for researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

Seeing your name on the spine of a book is a great achievement, which can help to kick start your career in some disciplines. How do you get there?

This session answers some of the key questions along the way, including including:

  • Should you turn your thesis into a monograph?
  • How do you choose a publisher?
  • How do you get your proposal accepted?
  • What are the key stages in the publication process?
Thu 11

Referencing where you got ideas and inspiration from for your research is a core skill for any good researcher. In this session, you will be shown handy tools, such as the reference manager Zotero, that can do a lot of the hard work for you as well as managing your literature and reading throughout your research and beyond.

The session will also give some tips on how to avoid being caught out through bad referencing techniques as well as the University of Cambridge's approach to plagiarism.

We will use a combination of live demonstrations, discussions and quizzes to help you apply your knowledge and get to grips with your referencing needs!

This session will take place online. Once you have booked a place, you will receive a joining link in your confirmation email.

Tue 23

Completing your research project is no longer the final step in the research lifecycle. It's important to ensure that those both within and outside academia see your work and this means thinking strategically about how you promote both yourself and your work online. This session will look at how you can build a promotional strategy tailored to your work, things to think about when building your online presence and how to maximise and measure your impact.

Please note that this session is offered by the Moore Library. To book a place, visit: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/cul/event/3751046