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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.

The Critical Reading course aims to improve students' ability to read critically and evaluate sources, as well as giving helpful tips about productive reading, note taking and providing a checklist of questions to help them with their reading going forward. It is suitable for all students but aimed mostly at undergraduates.

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.

Copyright Clinic new Mon 7 Mar 2022   13:00 [Places]

Confused by copyright? You don’t have to be. Feel free to bring along your copyright questions to this regular monthly session and we’ll do our best to offer you a quick diagnosis.

This is an open group drop-in session via Microsoft Teams. An invite will be sent prior to the session.

If you would like to arrange a one-to-one session, please email the Research Support Team at: moore-rso@lib.cam.ac.uk

Depositing your electronic thesis: a how to guide Thu 10 Feb 2022   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.

This session will help researchers go further with their literature review through exploring key skills such as critical evaluation, structural reading, effective note-taking, and getting started with writing your literature review.

This session equips participants with all the fundamental skills that they need to build and execute effective search strategies to locate relevant materials for literature reviews, projects and other related research activities. The session will explore key searching techniques, where to search, how to troubleshoot common searching problems, as well as keeping up to date with the latest research.

This session will include live demonstrations of scientific databases to demonstrate the key principles covered in action.

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.

This session introduces participants to the concept of research data, all the forms that it can take as well as negotiating the management of different data depending on their type.

Topics such as effective storage, handling sensitive data, and developing best practice approaches to avoid data loss during a project will be covered. The session will also explore how to create a data management plan (DMP) and the support available, as well as providing an overview of useful tools and services both within the University of Cambridge and beyond.

We also have dedicated intensive clinics throughout the year to help troubleshoot common issues and answer questions relating to all of our training sessions.

How to get the most from your lectures new Self-taught Booking not required

This online interactive course will give you advice on how to survive your first year at Cambridge. Topics include introductions to note making, referencing, writing essays, and managing your time.

The course is aimed at Part IA students, with a Science focus. However, the course is open to anyone who wishes to use it, and will be useful for any discipline, or as a refresher for those wishing to learn some new tips and tricks.

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 licensed 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.

We also have dedicated intensive clinics throughout the year to help troubleshoot common issues and answer questions relating to all of our training sessions.

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.

We also have dedicated intensive clinics throughout the year to help troubleshoot common issues and answer questions relating to all of our training sessions.

How to Write When You Don't Want to Write Tue 1 Mar 2022   13:00 [Places]

Do you feel you often experience 'writer's block' where you can't seem to start or make good progress with your writing? In this class, we will discuss ways of mitigating and getting past writer's block, particularly through seeing blocks as opportunities for writing.

Through discussing certain myths about academic writing and healthy ways of conceptualising the writing process, you will become familiar with techniques for freeing up your writing and making steady progress on your dissertation and other writing projects.

In this intensive clinic session, we cover the big take away points from our focused sessions on Developing your Literature Review. Work with an experienced librarian in troubleshooting your literature searching problems when trying to carry out a literature review ranging from generating your initial keywords to working out how to use specialist databases to find scientific literature for your work.

In this intensive clinic session, we cover the big take away points from our focused sessions on Developing your Literature Review. Work with an experienced librarian in troubleshooting your literature searching problems when trying to carry out a literature review ranging from generating your initial keywords to working out how to use specialist databases to find scientific literature for your work.

In this intensive clinic session, we cover the big take away points from our focused sessions on managing your research data effectively and ethically. Work with an experienced librarian to answer any questions you may have such as getting started with your Data Management Plan or what storage options you might need to consider for your work.

In this intensive clinic session, we cover the big take away points from our focused sessions on communicating and presenting your research clearly and effectively. Work with an experienced librarian to unpick topics around good accessibility practice, get advice on what to do if things go wrong, and get feedback on your work so far.

In this intensive clinic session, we cover the big take away points from our focused sessions on designing an effective and impactful conference poster. Work with an experienced librarian in getting started with key tools as well as having the opportunity to discuss design choices, options, and get some feedback on your work so far.

In this intensive clinic session, we cover the big take away points from our focused sessions on managing your online presence as a researcher. Work with an experienced librarian in getting started with key tools such as ORCID as well as discussing the pros and cons of certain platforms such as Twitter in more detail.

In this intensive clinic session, we cover the big take away points from our focused sessions on using the reference manager tool Zotero. Work with an experienced librarian in getting started with the tool as well as troubleshooting common problems.

In this intensive clinic session, we cover the big take away points from our focused sessions on navigating the broad and sometimes complex topic of copyright in the context of your research. Work with an experienced librarian to answer any questions you may have around reusing other people's work, licensing your work for reuse, and working out how to submit your thesis or even publish, all while keeping on the right side of copyright law.

This session will provide an overview of the support and resources available from libraries and other useful departments from across the University of Cambridge for new postgraduates and researchers. It will also provide an introduction to the various training opportunities on offer from library staff on a wide range of useful research themes and skills.

After this session, participants will have a better understanding of what services are out there to help support them in their time at Cambridge and who they can ask for help.

Know Moore About: CopyWRONG to CopyRIGHT new Tue 22 Feb 2022   13:00 [Places]

Confused by copyright? You’re not alone! The good news is that we are here to help you navigate from copy-wrong to copy-right.

This session will introduce the basics of copyright, outline how you can use the work of others in your own and how to safely share your work at the end of a project. We will also look at Creative Commons licences and how these can help you understand and grant permission to use work.

Become a copyright expert and book a place now.

Know Moore About: How to Give a Terrible Presentation new Tue 25 Jan 2022   13:00 [Places]

Glossophobia (the fear of public speaking) is something that impacts many of us. However, the ability to design and deliver an effective presentation is a valuable skill both in academia and beyond. Join us for this gentle introduction to the most common mistakes people make and how you can avoid them.

In this session we will look at the process of pulling together an eye catching and accessible set of slides, capturing the attention of your audience, preparing for the unexpected and crucially how to overcome your nerves. At the end of the hour you will be able to put together and deliver a perfect presentation, whatever topic you choose.

Note that this is a theory only session – we won’t make you actually give a presentation (unless you are so inspired that we can’t stop you!).

Hone your skills and book a place now.

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