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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! Tue 21 May 2019   13:00 Finished

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.

Useful databases such as Scopus and Web of Science will be demonstrated as part of this session.

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 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.

Law: Squire Law Library General Introduction new Thu 11 Oct 2018   17:00 Finished

Welcome to the Squire Law Library! This introductory tour is led by a member of the Squire Library staff team. The tour will include a look at the library's print collections, information about copying and scanning material, and an overview of the library catalogue, web pages and legal databases.

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