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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.

This session provides an overview of the extensive e-resources relevant to Theology, Religious Studies and the Philosophy of Religion, including e-books, e-journals, databases and electronic legal deposit materials (journal articles and monographs).

This session provides an introduction to the use of IDiscover (the University Library catalogue), for new Postgraduate students and Academic staff, demonstrating the main functions of the catalogue and showing how to make the most effective use of its capabilities for locating books and journals in print and electronic form.

This session provides an introduction to the use of IDiscover (the University Library catalogue), for new Postgraduate students and Academic staff, demonstrating the main functions of the catalogue and showing how to make the most effective use of its capabilities for locating books and journals in print and electronic form.

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.

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.

These twenty-minute sessions are chance to practice searching medical/scientific databases, use referencing software, and have your questions answered about literature searching for your dissertations.

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Bibliographic Searching for TRS Researchers Tue 5 Mar 2019   16:00 Finished

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 and Index Theologicus.

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.

CUL: Book a Buddy! new Tue 24 Sep 2019   09:30   [More dates...] [Full]
  • 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!

Book this 20 minute slot 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.

Sign up today! We’ll contact you to find out exactly what you need to know and then we’ll arrange your perfect match with an experienced member of the Reader Services team!

This a trial service running throughout the summer vacation. We will appreciate any feedback that you provide.

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Thu 26 Sep 2019 14:30 [Full]
Tue 1 Oct 2019 09:30 [Full]
CUL: Map Room and Cartographic Resources Wed 30 Oct 2019   11:00 [Places]

The Map Department contains some 1,100,000 maps, both British and foreign, several thousand atlases and other material. This session, based in the Map Room, is designed to give an overview of holdings and guidelines for accessing and using them.

CUL: Orientation tour Tue 8 Oct 2019   10:00   [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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CUL: Orientation tour for Undergraduates new Sat 19 Oct 2019   14:15   [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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Sat 19 Oct 2019 15:15 [Places]
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Thu 14 Nov 2019 17:30 [Places]
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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Fri 25 Oct 2019 10:00 [Places]
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Wed 27 Nov 2019 15:30 CANCELLED
Divinity Faculty Library Tour Thu 28 Feb 2019   12:45 Finished

This tour of the Divinity Faculty Library is primarily aimed at members of the University who are not Divinity Faculty members, but any member of the Divinity Faculty is welcome too. Each tour will be led by a member of the Divinity Faculty Library team.

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.

What would happen to your research data if your lab exploded, or your laptop was stolen, or your cloud storage account was hacked? How could you prevent data loss in these situations? Managing your data effectively is vital to help you do this.

This workshop will introduce the basic principles of Research Data Management (RDM) and how they are relevant throughout the research life cycle.

Intended for those who are new to RDM, this course will firstly explain what RDM is, and then go on to cover basic data back-up and storage options, file sharing tools, and strategies for organising your data, as well as providing guidance on managing personal or sensitive data. You will also learn about the range of support services available to you within the University for managing your data.

If you already have a basic understanding of RDM then the advanced course is probably more appropriate for you to attend.

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Tue 29 Oct 2019 10:00 [Places]

Electronic resources in Theology and Religious Studies will give a brief overview of the various e-resources, which are particularly relevant for undergraduate students.

E-resources in Theology and Religious Studies will give a brief overview of the most relevant online resources for undergraduates.

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.

E-Resources drop-in new Mon 6 Nov 2017   12:45 Finished

A drop-in session where members of the e-journals and e-books teams will be on hand to help with any questions you may have about these resources.

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 Wed 23 Jan 2019   10:00 Finished

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.

Find What You Need Fast - Life Sciences Resources new Mon 30 Oct 2017   15:00 Finished

This session will show what electronic resources are available to researchers in the Life Sciences. You will be shown how to effectively search specialist databases so you can get exactly what you want, when you want from University of Cambridge resources.

This session will show what electronic resources are available to researchers in the Physical Sciences and Technology areas. You will be shown how to effectively search specialist databases so you can get exactly what you want, when you want from University of Cambridge resources.

Getting Recognition for Your Own Research new Tue 21 Nov 2017   12:00 Finished

This session will introduce participants to the wonderful world of open access, pre-prints, ORCiD, Symplectic and even Creative Commons licencing. All these tools and systems can help you gain recognition and keep ownership of your research, as well as sharing it widely with others raising your research profile all at the same time.

The session will open with a presentation and will then move into a 1-2-1 focused drop-in clinic where participants can explore individual tools with help from library staff.

Session structure:

12pm-1pm: Presentation overview of the tools and services covered in session

1pm-2pm: Drop-in clinic with 1-2-1 support from librarians looking at tools individually

While the session has a STEM focus, it is open to all University members. Booking not required but is strongly encouraged so we have an idea of numbers.

Getting started with Non-Print Legal Deposit new Fri 4 Jan 2019   11:30 Finished

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.

Handling Medieval and Modern Manuscripts new Tue 24 Oct 2017   11:30 Finished

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.

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 Tue 23 Oct 2018   13:30 Finished

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 two popular reference management software packages - Zotero and Mendeley - and learn how they work and which of them might suit you best.

Help! I Need to Find Stuff For My Project Now! new Tue 22 Oct 2019   13:00 [Places]

This session equips participants with all the fundamental skills that they need to build and execute effective search strategies to locate and critically evaluate relevant materials for assignments, literature reviews, projects and other related research activities. The structure of the session with move through the processes of basic keyword generation, constructing search strings, understanding which resources to search, before finishing with developing critical evaluation skills to assess quality and relevance of found items

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 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 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.

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

How To Prepare A Polished Conference Poster new Tue 14 May 2019   13:00 Finished

Need to create a conference poster but are not sure where to start? This session will introduce participants to the fundamentals of designing an effective and engaging poster that is perfect for communicating research ideas. The session will look at good design practice, where to source free high quality graphics, as well as deciding what you should (and maybe shouldn't) include in your final poster.

iDiscover: Drop-in Surgery new Fri 8 Feb 2019   09:00 Finished

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.

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.

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.

Introduction to Chinese Resources Fri 9 Nov 2018   10:00 Finished

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.

Welcome to the Squire Law Library! This introductory tour is led by the Librarian, David Wills, and LLM Collection Supervisor, Lizz Edwards-Waller. The tour will include a look at the dedicated LLM print collection, information about borrowing, copying and scanning material, and an overview of the library catalogue, web pages and legal databases.

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Mon 14 Oct 2019 14:30 [Full]
Level Up Your Search Strategy Fri 26 Jan 2018   13:00 Finished

This session will help participants develop skills to get them searching for research quickly and efficiently. The session will start with a demonstration of Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed and MathSciNet before moving onto less traditional resources such as arXiv and a focused look at how to get Google to work for you. So level up your searching skills with your friendly librarians at the Moore!

While the session has a STEM focus, it is open to all University members.

This session is part of our gaming-themed Moore Methods lunchtime series of talks.

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.

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 Information Mon 26 Oct 2015   14:00 Finished

Developing strategies for managing and storing information (citations, documents, notes, etc.) so that it's easily retrievable when required, is an essential skill for a graduate in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. Planning your strategy means thinking about the materials, methods and contexts of your research (what, how and where), and finding the best ways to manage the processes efficiently and effectively. This session will help you understand information management in the context of the research lifecycle and explore systems and tools for future-proofing your research information.

Managing your bibliography (Zotero for beginners) new Thu 7 Mar 2019   15:30 Finished

This session will introduce you to Zotero (https://www.zotero.org/), a free tool to manage bibliographies and bibliographic databases.

Managing Your Online Presence Tue 5 Nov 2019   13:00 [Places]

This session demonstrates the importance of a good online presence for participants from exploring what comes up through a quick Google search all the way through to maintaining profiles on academic networking sites. The legalities of using such sites in the context of publisher and open access copyright compliance is also discussed

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.

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/Academia.edu, 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.

Managing Your Research Data Tue 29 Oct 2019   13:00 [Places]

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.

Managing Your Researcher Online Presence new Wed 28 Oct 2015   10:00 Finished

Managing your online presence is becoming more important for researchers. This course demonstrates the way in which social media and digital media platforms can enhance your work as a researcher.

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.

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Thu 24 Oct 2019 12:00 [Places]
Tue 12 Nov 2019 12:00 [Places]

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.

This course 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.

This course will help you understand how to critically appraise a systematic review, assessing its reliability, trustworthiness, and applicability.

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.

Medicine: Current Awareness new Wed 24 Feb 2016   12:00 Finished

This course will teach you how to keep up to date with all the new research in your field.

Medicine: Endnote new Thu 2 Jun 2016   12:00 Finished

A lunchtime session covering all your questions about managing your bibliography with EndNote

A course specifically for NHS staff. Attendees will learn how to search databases accessed with an Athens login (such as Medline, Embase and Cinahl) effectively and efficiently, to learn how to save searches and references, and to create and maintain a bibliography.

All attendees are required to have an NHS Athens login. University of Cambridge staff and students wanting to learn similar material should book onto the Introduction to Literature Searching (for University) course instead.

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Thu 31 Oct 2019 14:00 [Places]
Fri 29 Nov 2019 10:00 [Places]

A course specifically for University of Cambridge staff and students. Attendees will learn how to search medical/healthcare databases accessed with a Raven login (such as Medline and Embase) effectively and efficiently, to learn how to save searches and references, and to create and maintain a bibliography. This course is delivered at an introductory/refresher level, and assumes you have had no prior training in how to search databases.

All attendees are required to have a Raven login. NHS staff wanting to learn similar material should book onto our 'Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching' course instead.

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Wed 13 Nov 2019 14:00 [Places]

There is a vast array of healthcare and medical apps for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Come along for a half-hour hands-on session to learn how to get the best out of them, and how they will support your studies as a clinical student and work as a medical professional.

Please bring your own mobile device to use during the session.

One session covering the Cinahl database, targeted at allied health professionals. Learn how to get the best out of your literature searches.

Medicine: Literature Searching for Doctors new Wed 13 Jun 2018   08:00 Finished

One session covering the Medline database, targeted at doctors. Learn how to get the best out of your literature searches.

Medicine: Literature Searching for Nurses new Mon 4 Jun 2018   14:00 Finished

One session covering the Cinahl database, targeted at nurses. Learn how to get the best out of your literature searches.

How to take the bile out of your bibliography, and ensure that it's not the most time-consuming part of your work. A variety of tools will be showcased: EndNote, EndNoteWeb, Zotero, Mendeley.

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Wed 20 Nov 2019 14:00 [Places]
Medicine: Mendeley new Tue 24 May 2016   12:00 Finished

A lunchtime session covering all your questions about managing your bibliography with Mendeley

Medicine: PubMed new Thu 26 May 2016   12:00 Finished

Learn how to get the most out of your literature searches on PubMed in this hands-on session

Being a reflective practitioner is an important skill to have, but it doesn't always come naturally. It's an essential requirement for people in a variety of professions, particularly healthcare, where it plays an important role in decision making and patient care. For nurses undertaking revalidation, reflective writing is a key component of the process, but reflective writing is likely to be of relevance to those in other professions as well.

This interactive workshop will help you to understand the theory of reflective practice and how to translate this into your everyday role. It will provide tips for overcoming barriers to carrying out reflection and how to deal with feedback as well as offering a brief introduction to reflective writing.

There is an increasing emphasis in research on the management and sharing of data. Many funding bodies that support research undertaken at Cambridge require not only open access to any publications based on that research, but also to the data underlying it. This course will help you understand funders’ requirements for management and sharing of research data, and will provide opportunities to create your own data management plan and test out resources that will make the data management process easier.

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Thu 5 Dec 2019 10:00 [Places]
Medicine: SSC 1 (For Year 4 clinical students only) new Fri 24 May 2019   09:00 Finished

Your SSC will require that you find scientific literature in order to read around a topic, even if you're are not doing a systematic review as the eventual outcome. It is a great opportunity to gain Key Skills which will be valuable for your SSC, your Year 5 Paeds CAT, and the rest of your professional life.

This session will teach you how to search medical/healthcare databases effectively and efficiently, save and record literature search terms, and keep track of the results that you find.

Medicine: SSC 2 (For Year 4 clinical students only) new Fri 24 May 2019   09:00 Finished

Your SSC will require that you find scientific literature in order to read around a topic, even if you're are not doing a systematic review as the eventual outcome. It is a great opportunity to gain Key Skills which will be valuable for the SSC, your Year 5 Paeds CAT, and the rest of your professional life.

This session will be a refresher in how to search medical/healthcare databases effectively and efficiently, save and record literature search terms, and keep track of the results that you find.

This is a course designed for students undertaking a systematic review for their SSC project. It will cover all aspects of the systematic review process: ensuring your database search is as comprehensive as possible (and knowing when to stop), how to manage the process and results of the systematic review, and how to save references and cite them effectively.

Before undertaking any piece of primary research it’s important to be aware of as much of the existing literature as possible. A systematic literature review can also be a research end in itself. And it’s not something to be taken lightly. But how can you be sure you’re being as rigorous as necessary? How can you manage the references you find, document the process, and also know when to stop searching?

This session assumes attendees have already had prior introductory training in literature searching. It is a prerequisite that you have attended either Introduction to Literature Searching (if you are a University of Cambridge staff member or student) or Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching (if you are an NHS staff member). Exceptions will be made if you received similar training from another department or university - please contact us if you have any questions about prerequisites.

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Thu 17 Oct 2019 10:00 [Places]
Thu 14 Nov 2019 10:00 [Places]

One session - four medicine and life science databases - widest coverage for your literature search. PubMed is great, but it doesn't cover all the journals relevant to life sciences and medicine. Embase, Web of Science and Scopus can also be relevant and each covers unique material. Come to this hands-on session to learn how to get the best from each of these "4 tops".

This session is aimed at University of Cambridge staff or students who have already had prior training in database searching. Those who want to attend an introductory session should book onto the Introduction to Literature Searching course, or the Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching if they are NHS staff.

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Thu 7 Nov 2019 10:00 [Places]

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.

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Wed 16 Oct 2019 12:00 [Places]
Mon 11 Nov 2019 12:00 [Places]
Metrics: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly Thu 29 Nov 2018   10:00 Finished

This session aims to help you navigate your way through the metrics maze. It will enable you to discover research by using metrics and how metrics can determine online impact.

It will introduce article metrics, personal indicators such as the H-index, and altmetrics. Various tools including Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and Altmetric will be demonstrated. Please bring your own device if you wish to follow along with the session.

This session is designed to introduce first year MMLL undergraduates to the different kind of library and resources available to them in Cambridge. We will be learning to search IDiscover, and to maximise their searches with the use of filters. The MMLL VLE will be introduced, with advice on navigating and maximising the Reading Lists resources, before moving on to the MMLL LibGuides available. The session ends with a brief introduction to the reference management tool Zotero.

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Thu 31 Oct 2019 13:00 [Places]
Thu 21 Nov 2019 13:00 [Places]
Music databases and bibliographies new Thu 23 Oct 2014   14:00 Finished

We will look at different resources available for music research at Cambridge and explore search strategies, databases and bibliographies. This is a hands-on session and there will be an opportunity to focus on specific areas of research.

An informal small group session looking at research databases, referencing skills and examples of previously submitted dissertations.

Music Dissertation Skills for Part II students Wed 2 Nov 2016   14:00 Finished

An informal small group session looking at research databases, referencing skills and examples of previously submitted dissertations.

Music: Finding Music at the UL new Fri 20 Oct 2017   14:30 Finished

A session demonstrating how to find notated music at the UL using the wide range of catalogues available. This session will look at finding both printed and archival sources.

Music: Finding sheet music at the UL new Wed 22 Oct 2014   10:00 Finished

Cambridge University Library has ca. 600,000 items of sheet music (and rising!) including both printed and manuscript music. We have everything from orchestral music to popular song, manuscript film scores and medieval music. Music catalogues are among the most diverse in the university. Most music is not included on electronic catalogues and can only be found via card or sheaf catalogues, or with the help of staff. This session will provide an introduction to the music catalogues enabling you to find what you need quickly and easily.

A hands-on session exploring music databases and bibliographies available for research in Cambridge. This session offers the opportunity to focus on your own specific topic

A tour of the University Library Music Department, including a visit of our closed access materials behind the scenes. We will also give you lots of practical tips on getting the most out of the University Library Music Collections.

Music: How To Search For Pendlebury Items Wed 15 Oct 2014   10:00 Finished

This session is highly recommended for anyone new to the Pendlebury Library of Music. Even though the Newton Catalogue contains all records of items available for borrowing, limiting searches to specific media (e.g. CDs, DVDs or sheet music) can be counterintuitive. This session will demonstrate some search scenarios and also show how to recall and item which is currently on loan to someone else.

Music resources: reading lists and beyond new Wed 5 Nov 2014   10:00 Finished

We will look at different resources found on reading lists and advise on how best to locate and access these. We also go one step further and explore how to go about finding helpful additional music resources for the Music Tripos and music research.

Music: Show and Tell music display new Tue 17 Oct 2017   14:30 Finished

A display and short talk about the music collections showcasing the variety within the collections, with some of our most notable and more unusual items on display.

A guide to finding sheet music at the UL, looking at the many catalogues and resources that are available.

Music: Tour of the UL Music Department new Mon 9 Oct 2017   11:30 Finished

A tour of the University Library Music collections. A short tour principally for non-music students, but with an interest in all things musical! Open to all.

All you need to know about the music collections at the Pendlebury Library of Music and the University Library music department in a nutshell. We will be looking at: Finding your way around the Pendlebury Library catalogue, Finding sheet music at the UL and Top tips for music resources

Newspapers, past and current new Wed 23 Jan 2019   13:30 Finished

This session will cover how to find and access current newspapers, including registering for the FT.com. The second part of the session will cover how to access and search newspaper archives and how to get the best from these resources.

Open Science and Your Research Mon 14 Oct 2019   11:00 [Places]

Open Science concepts and tools have the potential to transform the current scientific system for the greater good of all, but what does it mean for you? How can you and your work benefit from the Open Science movement? Welcome to a workshop run by ORION Open Science.

This workshop will establish what Open Science is and why it is needed. There will be an overview of the main areas of Open Science: Open Access, Open Data, Public Engagement. Dr Kevin Kunzmann will share his experiences of Open Science and why he believes in the movement. In addition, there will be some practical tips on changes researchers can make towards Open Science, the potential career benefits of Open Science, and information on what resources the ORION project can provide. The session is suitable for those with very little or basic knowledge of open science.

Orientation Tour Tue 11 Dec 2018   10:30 Finished

The UL is unique: a national, legal deposit library with an amazing collection of around 8 million items - over two million of which you can browse on our open shelves. If that sounds a bit daunting, why not come on a brief orientation tour to help you find your way around? We’ll even tell you what we keep in the famous Library tower ...

Please note this tour does not cover the University's vast electronic and digital collections: to find out more about using these, please see check for courses on our timetable or ask a member of Library staff for help.

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