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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.

Finding Secondary Literature Wed 23 Jan 2019   10:00 [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 started with Non-Print Legal Deposit new Fri 14 Dec 2018   11:30   [More dates...] Not bookable

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.

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Fri 21 Dec 2018 11:30 Not bookable
Fri 4 Jan 2019 11:30 Not bookable
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Fri 18 Jan 2019 11:30 Not bookable
Fri 25 Jan 2019 11:30 Not bookable
Fri 1 Feb 2019 11:30 Not bookable
Fri 8 Feb 2019 11:30 Not bookable
iDiscover: Drop-in Surgery new Fri 14 Dec 2018   09:00   [More dates...] Not bookable

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.

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Fri 21 Dec 2018 09:00 Not bookable
Fri 4 Jan 2019 09:00 Not bookable
Fri 11 Jan 2019 09:00 Not bookable
Fri 18 Jan 2019 09:00 Not bookable
Fri 25 Jan 2019 09:00 Not bookable
Fri 1 Feb 2019 09:00 Not bookable
Fri 8 Feb 2019 09:00 Not bookable

A thirty minute introduction to the UL, aimed at those using our facilities and collections over the 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.

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Wed 19 Dec 2018 14:30 [Places]
Wed 2 Jan 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 9 Jan 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 20 Mar 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 27 Mar 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 3 Apr 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 10 Apr 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 17 Apr 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 3 Jul 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 10 Jul 2019 14:30 [Places]
Wed 17 Jul 2019 14:30 [Places]

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.

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Tue 5 Feb 2019 10:00 [Places]
Wed 6 Mar 2019 10:00 [Places]
Mon 29 Apr 2019 14:00 [Places]

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.

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Wed 27 Feb 2019 10:00 [Places]
Fri 15 Mar 2019 14:00 [Places]
Thu 4 Apr 2019 10:00 [Places]

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.

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Wed 13 Feb 2019 14:00 [Places]
Tue 19 Mar 2019 10:00 [Places]

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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Tue 19 Feb 2019 14:00 [Places]
Tue 12 Mar 2019 10:00 [Places]
Tue 9 Apr 2019 14:00 [Places]

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.

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Thu 21 Feb 2019 10:00 [Places]
Tue 2 Apr 2019 14:00 [Places]

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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Fri 25 Jan 2019 10:00 [Places]
Mon 18 Feb 2019 14:00 [Places]
Thu 21 Mar 2019 10:00 [Places]
Thu 11 Apr 2019 14:00 [Places]
Medicine: SSC 1 (For Year 4 clinical students only) new Fri 14 Dec 2018   09:00 [Places]

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 14 Dec 2018   09:00 [Places]

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?

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Thu 10 Jan 2019 10:00 [Places]
Tue 12 Feb 2019 14:00 [Places]
Thu 7 Mar 2019 10:00 [Places]
Wed 3 Apr 2019 14:00 [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".

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Wed 6 Feb 2019 10:00 [Places]
Fri 1 Mar 2019 14:00 [Places]
Wed 27 Mar 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 12 Dec 2018 12:00 [Standby]
Fri 8 Feb 2019 12:00 [Places]
Thu 14 Mar 2019 12:00 [Places]
Wed 17 Apr 2019 12:00 [Places]
Newspapers, past and current new Wed 23 Jan 2019   13:30 [Full]

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.

Orientation Tour Tue 11 Dec 2018   10:30 [Places]

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.

Cambridge University Library is one of the top research libraries in the world and holds over 8 million items. If you are a member of Library staff at a college, department or faculty library and would like to give your students introductory tours of the UL, then we would love to help you gain the knowledge and confidence to do that.

Email us today (research-skills@lib.cam.ac.uk) to get started. We can give advice via email or by telephone (including sharing our tour notes and guidance) or we can organise a one-to-one tour for you with an experienced member of UL staff. We will guide you through the orientation tour route that we use for our own tours and can answer any questions that you may have.

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