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Monday 18 February

14:00
Medicine: Research Data Management (for University and NHS) [Places] 14:00 - 15:30 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

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.

Tuesday 19 February

13:00
How to Give Great Presentations, When You Hate Giving Presentations [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Pink Study Room

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.

If this session is fully booked please join the waiting list - we will move venues if there is demand.

14:00
Medicine: Managing Your Bibliography (for University and NHS) [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

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.

Thursday 21 February

10:00
Medicine: Reflective Practice (for University and NHS) new [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

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.

14:00
Introduction to Bibliographic Searching in Theology for Undergraduates [Places] 14:00 - 14:30 Faculty of Divinity, Sidgwick Site, Runcie Room

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.

14:30

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.

Tuesday 26 February

13:00
Managing Your Research Data [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Pink Study Room

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

If this session is fully booked please join the waiting list - we will move venues if there is demand.

15:00
Managing your bibliography (Zotero for beginners) new [Places] 15:00 - 15:45 Faculty of Divinity, Room 7

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

Wednesday 27 February

10:00
Medicine: Critical Appraisal - Systematic Reviews (for University and NHS) [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

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.

Thursday 28 February

09:30
Divinity Faculty Library Tour [Places] 09:30 - 09:45 N/A

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.

12:45
Divinity Faculty Library Tour [Places] 12:45 - 13:00 N/A

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.

14:00
How to Give Great Presentations, When You Hate Giving Presentations [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Department of Physics, Rutherford Seminar Room

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.

Showcasing Tools and Resources for Graduates [Places] 14:00 - 15:00 Faculty of English, GR06

In this informal session you will be able to learn more about various topics and resources, including

  • reference management
  • text mining
  • data visualisation
  • tools for structuring long-term writing projects
  • resources for legal research
  • copyright and Creative Commons

You will be able to rotate between these different areas, exploring tools on the areas that interest you most and how they can help your research, or what you feel you need to learn more about. The session will be led by librarians from across the different Schools in the university, and from the University Library.

Please only sign up for one of the sessions. There are no fixed time slots so feel free to drop in and out as you wish within your allocated hour.

15:00
Showcasing Tools and Resources for Graduates [Places] 15:00 - 16:00 Faculty of English, GR06

In this informal session you will be able to learn more about various topics and resources, including

  • reference management
  • text mining
  • data visualisation
  • tools for structuring long-term writing projects
  • resources for legal research
  • copyright and Creative Commons

You will be able to rotate between these different areas, exploring tools on the areas that interest you most and how they can help your research, or what you feel you need to learn more about. The session will be led by librarians from across the different Schools in the university, and from the University Library.

Please only sign up for one of the sessions. There are no fixed time slots so feel free to drop in and out as you wish within your allocated hour.

Friday 1 March

14:00

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".

Tuesday 5 March

12:00
Medicine: Creating a Conference Poster (for University and NHS) new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

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.

13:00
'Yes You Do Need to Reference That': a Crash Course in Being an Ethical Researcher [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Pink Study Room

This session introduces participants to the importance of good referencing practices within their work. The University of Cambridge’s position on plagiarism will be presented before moving on to a discussion around good referencing techniques, using the Harvard referencing style as an example. Participants will see a live demonstration of the reference management tool Zotero before taking part in a quiz to consolidate their knowledge.

If this session is fully booked please join the waiting list - we will move venues if there is demand.

16:00
Bibliographic Searching for TRS Researchers [Places] 16:00 - 16:30 Faculty of Divinity, Room 7

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.

Wednesday 6 March

10:00
Medicine: Critical Appraisal - RCT Drug Trials (for University and NHS) new [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

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.

Thursday 7 March

10:00
Medicine: Systematic Literature Reviews - A 'How To' Guide (for University and NHS) [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

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?

Using Collaborative Tools for Research new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Department of Physics, Rutherford Seminar Room

This session will give a brief overview of several tools that can be used for collaborative research. Participants will be introduced to Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs), collaborative online writing tools such as Overleaf, OneNote and Evernote, before finishing with a look at GitHub.

15:30
Managing your bibliography (Zotero for beginners) new [Places] 15:30 - 16:15 Faculty of Divinity, Room 7

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

Monday 11 March

11:00
Publishing Your Research Effectively [Places] 11:00 - 12:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 10

This session will cover the things you need to consider in order to reach your audience effectively through publication. It will introduce how you should decide which academic journal is most appropriate for your research, including considerations such as journal rankings, publication times, fees and your own publication history. It will also cover the concept of using pre-print servers before publication - when and where to post your work and the benefits it can bring.

Please bring your own internet-enabled device to this session.

Tuesday 12 March

10:00
Medicine: Managing Your Bibliography (for University and NHS) [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

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.

13:00
Using Twitter for Research [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Pink Study Room

This session will cover the basic principles of the microblogging platform Twitter. Participants will have the opportunity to get to grips with using Twitter and understanding the platform’s unique community and language through hands-on activities. Aspects of science communication will be touched upon as well as examples of best practice, using Twitter personally and professionally, before concluding with some top tips on getting the most out of this communication tool.

If this session is fully booked please join the waiting list - we will move venues if there is demand.