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This workshop session aims to address the following:

  • What is critical reading?
  • Reading productively
  • Reading critically
  • Effective note-taking techniques
  • Pulling out the Big Ideas

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

This session provides an overview of the extensive e-resources available to Divinity Undergraduates, including e-books, e-journals, databases and the use of Moodle.

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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Mon 25 Nov 2019 14:30 [Places]
Mon 2 Dec 2019 14:00 [Places]
Mon 2 Dec 2019 14:30 [Places]
Mon 2 Dec 2019 15:00 [Places]
Tue 3 Dec 2019 14:00 [Places]
Tue 3 Dec 2019 14:30 [Places]

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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Tue 26 Nov 2019 10:30 [Places]
Tue 26 Nov 2019 11:00 [Places]
Tue 3 Dec 2019 10:00 [Places]
Tue 3 Dec 2019 10:30 [Places]
Tue 3 Dec 2019 11:00 [Places]

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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Thu 21 Nov 2019 10:30 [Places]
Thu 28 Nov 2019 10:00 [Places]
Thu 28 Nov 2019 10:30 [Places]
Thu 30 Jan 2020 10:00 [Places]
Thu 30 Jan 2020 10:30 [Places]

Ever wondered what lies behind the scenes of the Music Department at the UL? Following a quick tour of the open stacks, Music Department staff will take you to delve into the odd architecture of South Court, say hello to our elephants, meet some of our rarest and tiniest books, and discover why music librarians sometimes need to be good detectives. There’ll also be a guide to finding music, for those who haven’t used our card catalogues before.

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Wed 20 Nov 2019 11:00 [Places]
Wed 20 Nov 2019 14:15 [Places]
CUL: Book a Buddy! new Mon 18 Nov 2019   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 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 25 Nov 2019 09:00 Not bookable
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Mon 9 Dec 2019 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 16 Dec 2019 09:00 Not bookable
CUL: Copyright, plagiarism, and all that jazz. new Tue 19 Nov 2019   14:30 [Places]

Copyright can be confusing. Music copyright can be a minefield. This course looks at the benefits of copyright in relation to music, and how to navigate what the law does and doesn’t allow you to do. With hands on examples to evaluate, and some real-world copyright issues; this is an opportunity to discuss and find out more about the complex world of musical copyright, and its near relation musical plagiarism. Target audience: Anyone who regularly uses sheet music, composes, arranges, or has a general interest in copyright. Suitable for staff and students.

CUL: Introduction to Music Collections new Mon 18 Nov 2019   10:00   [More dates...] [Places]

A guided tour through the open stacks and Anderson Room (Music Reading Room) at the University Library. This will provide an overview of the wealth of music materials held here, and how to find them. There’s also a look at the digital resources available, and an overview of other music resources at the UL.

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Thu 21 Nov 2019 11:00 [Places]
Fri 22 Nov 2019 14:15 [Places]
CUL: Orientation tour Tue 12 Nov 2019   14:30   [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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Thu 21 Nov 2019 16:00 [Places]
Mon 25 Nov 2019 09:30 [Places]
CUL: Orientation tour for Undergraduates new Thu 14 Nov 2019   17:30   [More dates...] [Places]
  • Are you a new undergrad who is intimidated by the thought of entering the UL?
  • Are you a second or third year who has never set foot in the UL and is embarrassed to admit that you don't know what you're doing?
  • Have you been struggling on your own and just need a few tips and tricks to get what you need?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then this tour is for you!

Finding the UL intimidating and confusing is perfectly normal. It is also normal for undergraduates to only use the UL for the first time in their third year, so you are definitely not alone!

On this tour a friendly member of our Reader Services team will show you around, explain the UL's unique way of shelving books, explain what Electronic Legal Deposit is and answer any questions you may have. Most importantly we will show you where to go if you find you need help.

Don't suffer in silence! Help is here!

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Tue 19 Nov 2019 17:30 [Places]

The University of Cambridge has over 100 libraries, with the UL alone housing over 9 million items, and this doesn't include the plethora of electronic items available on and off campus.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and aren't really sure how to search for and access the items on your reading list then this session is for you!

We will cover

  • Understanding a reference
  • Understanding what kind of material is available , both physical and electronic, and how to access them
  • A guided tour of some of our search platforms including iDiscover and the A-Z database index
  • A few tips on searching beyond your reading list

The course will be led by members of the University Library's Reference Team who will provide friendly instruction and who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

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Wed 27 Nov 2019 15:30 CANCELLED

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.

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.

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.

Finding Secondary Literature Wed 13 Nov 2019   12:00 [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 Mon 25 Nov 2019   10:00 [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 introduce participants to different methods of communicating research before moving on to a discussion around best practice and techniques when preparing a presentation. Participants will be introduced to concepts around 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.

This session will take place in the Pink Room. If this session is fully booked please join the waiting list - we will move venues if there is demand.

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.

Making Your Research Impactful Fri 22 Nov 2019   14:00 [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.

Managing your bibliography (Zotero for beginners) Thu 14 Nov 2019   15:00 CANCELLED

This session will introduce you to Zotero (, a free tool to manage bibliographies and bibliographic databases.

Managing Your Online Presence Tue 19 Nov 2019   14:30 [Places]

This session will introduce participants to the wide range of platforms and services that are available to help you manage your online presence as a researcher. We'll look at academic tools like ORCID, Google Scholar and ResearchGate/, as well as an overview of some of the more popular social media platforms. We'll also have discussions around issues such as the risks of sharing research through these platforms and reaching wider audiences. We will also show participants how to flip these tools and use them to access research for their own work too.

One-to-one drop-in sessions for Public Health/EPI/Primary Care MPhil students to answer any questions about literature searching, or using referencing software. Please come prepared, preferably having attempted your searches and/or use of referencing software, with a list of the specific problems you've encountered.

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