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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.

An Introduction to the Manuscripts Reading Room Tue 24 Oct 2017   11:00 Finished

An introduction to the Manuscripts Reading Room and the collections of the Manuscripts and University Archives department. The session includes information on using the room, searching collections and services offered by the department.

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.

ATLA for Undergraduates Mon 20 Nov 2017   10:15 Finished

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.

Bibliographic Searching for TRS Researchers Wed 22 Nov 2017   12:15 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.

Divinity Faculty: UL Tour new Mon 27 Nov 2017   14:00 [Places]

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.

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.

This session will show participants the fundamentals of good Research Data Management (RDM) to help make sure all the research data that they might be generating as part of their work doesn't take over their lives!

The session will start with a presentation giving tips and tricks for good RDM practices and will move into a drop-in informal clinic where library staff will be available to answer specific questions. As the session will take place on Halloween, expect a spooky theme and free trick-or-treat candy!

Session structure:

12pm-1pm: Presentation about Research Data Management

1pm-2pm: Drop-in clinic with 1-2-1 support from librarians

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.

Finding Secondary Literature Wed 8 Nov 2017   11:15 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.

If you have a portable device to access the wifi and bibliographic database, please bring this to the session.

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 Wed 29 Nov 2017   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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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.

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