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Creating a conference poster Wed 18 Nov 2020   13:00 Finished

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 online module covers the basic skills you need if you are preparing to publish in academic journals.

It will help you to:

  • plan a publication strategy and choose the right journals for you
  • avoid the snares of predatory publishers
  • navigate the peer review process
  • understand Open Access publishing and what it means for your publications

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

This online course follows the whole process of public a monograph or other academic book, from making the initial decisions, to what to do once you have the finished book in your hands.

You’ll learn:

  • key considerations when turning your thesis into a monograph
  • how to choose the best publisher for you
  • how Open Access monographs work
  • how to write a great proposal
  • what to expect from the peer review and publishing process

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Most people have online profiles and, as a researchers, your online presence offers many rich opportunities. It is helpful to be aware of tools and tips that can help you boost your visibility online, as well as common mistakes to avoid.

In this course, you will:

  • begin to develop your online research profile by making yourself visible to others in a way(s) that suits you.
  • learn what an ORCID is and how to obtain one.
  • learn what your Symplectic Elements account is for and begin to make it work for you
  • review your current visibility and consider the next steps

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Copyright law is a complex field with direct relevance for researchers who need to protect their own intellectual work and use work written by others, and most importantly must avoid accidentally infringing copyright. This course provides you with basic knowledge you can apply to your research practice.

The course covers:

  • fundamentals of copyright and why it’s important
  • what to do if you want to use someone else’s work
  • how to protect and share your own work
  • how licenses can be used to make it easier to reuse works

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

As a researcher, you will collect a lot of data. Whether that data takes the form of spreadsheets, recordings, images, bibliographies, or something entirely different, it's crucial that you manage it well throughout your projects. Doing so will help you to work more efficiently, avoid data disasters, and build your professional reputation.

In this course, you'll learn:

  • how to store and backup up data
  • how to organise data
  • what to do with protected data (personal or commercially sensitive)
  • why sharing data is important and how to do it
  • how to write Data Management Plans

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Research metrics (online module) new Self-taught Bookable

Data, Metrics, Key Performance Indicators... these terms are everywhere these days, as we increasingly seek hard data to monitor and improve the quality of many of the things we do. Research metrics can be very useful, but they also come with important caveats, so we need to be responsible in how we use these tools.

In this module, you will learn:

  • the meaning of common metrics such as Journal Impact Factor and H-index
  • what are the main limitations of metrics
  • a better, responsible approach to using metrics

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Have you ever searched for articles on a topic and returned thousands of results... or none? Are you always defaulting to Google Scholar and wondering if there’s a better way of doing things? Are you starting to look into a new topic and feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start? Then this online course is for you.

We will look at the three stages of a successful literature search:

  • planning a strategy and identifying the right key words
  • searching using the right tools and maintaining accurate records
  • evaluating results and refining search parameters

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

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?

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.

Please bring a laptop, tablet or other web-enabled devide with you to the session.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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

Note Making for Theses and Dissertations Tue 11 May 2021   13:00 [Full]

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.

Managing your data well is a key responsibility as a researchers and it prevents disasters. 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 look after it properly.

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.

Managing your data well is a key responsibility as a researchers and it prevents disasters. 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 look after it properly.

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.

Managing Your Research Data Tue 29 Oct 2019   13:00 CANCELLED

This session introduces participants to the concept of research data and all the forms that it can take. It will then look at managing different types of data depending on its type, such as its sensitivity. Different storage methods are discussed as well as best practice approaches to avoid serious data loss during a research project. Effective data management approaches will be explored, as well as how to create a data management plan, before concluding with an overview of useful tools and services

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.

Zotero is a free, open-source reference manager. In this class, we will discuss the benefits of using reference managers and Zotero in particular. In addition to learning the basics of installing and configuring Zotero, you will also learn how to add information about books and articles (and other sources) to Zotero and how to use Zotero to automatically format citations and references in your preferred style.

Google and other search engines are an inefficient way to find relevant academic material for your studies. This session will help you to structure your search to find scholarly resources from the 1000+ academic databases that the university subscribes to, which include monographs, articles, media reports, theses, data and primary resources. You’ll learn how to save time by using these premium resources to guide you to relevant literature rather than relying on the overwhelming, open web.

Depositing your electronic thesis: a how to guide new Thu 3 Jun 2021   13:00 [Places]

Finished your PhD thesis? It’s time to submit.

Unsure of your access level options? Confused about any third-party copyright in your thesis? Then this session is for you.

The final step after completing your thesis is to deposit an electronic copy into the University’s Repository, Apollo. This training session will cover how to ensure you meet all the requirements for submission, how to decide on the access level for your thesis and finally a demonstration of successfully depositing your work using Symplectic Elements.

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