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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.

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.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

This course will help you understand how to undertake a risk of bias assessment of a systematic review, assessing its reliability, trustworthiness, and applicability. The session uses the ROBIS tool to assess a preselected published systematic review.

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.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

This optional online drop-in session is a chance for students undertaking their SSC project to ask questions about, and gain further support in literature searching, critical appraisal and evaluation of medical research, and referencing. Those who have booked a place will be sent a link to join the online session several days before their scheduled session takes place.

Please only book a place if you are currently undertaking your SSC block. Students in later blocks will have the chance to participate then.

This session is aimed at students who have had no prior literature searching training before. Those who have some experience in literature searching should book instead on the SSC 2 drop in session.

Medicine: SSC 1 (For Year 4 clinical students only) new Wed 8 Apr 2020   11:00 CANCELLED

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.

This optional online drop-in session is a chance for students undertaking their SSC project to ask questions about, and gain further support in literature searching, critical appraisal and evaluation of medical research, and referencing. Those who have booked a place will be sent a link to join the online session several days before their scheduled session takes place.

Please only book a place if you are currently undertaking your SSC block. Students in later blocks will have the chance to participate then.

This session is aimed at students who have had previous training in literature searching, perhaps during Part II of their undergraduate studies. Students with no prior experience should book instead on the SSC 1 optional drop in session.

Medicine: SSC 2 (For Year 4 clinical students only) new Wed 8 Apr 2020   09:00 CANCELLED

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?

This session assumes attendees have already had prior introductory training in literature searching. It is a prerequisite that you have attended either Introduction to Literature Searching (if you are a University of Cambridge staff member or student) or Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching (if you are an NHS staff member). Exceptions will be made if you received similar training from another department or university - please contact us if you have any questions about prerequisites.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

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".

This session is aimed at University of Cambridge staff or students who have already had prior training in database searching. Those who want to attend an introductory session should book onto the Introduction to Literature Searching course, or the Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching if they are NHS staff.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

Publishing a protocol -- stating in advance the search strategy, inclusion and exclusion criteria, data analysis and other evaluative techniques -- is a core requirement for conducting a systematic review. The process of writing this protocol will also mean you have written in advance a large chunk of what will need to go into the finished systematic review, saving you a huge amount of time.

This session will cover the contents and types of information you will need to provide in your protocol, and will give attendees the opportunity to write a draft protocol, as well as highlighting helpful resources and further support.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

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.

UPDATE: Please note that this session is taking place remotely, not in the Medical Library as previously advertised. Please do not go to the Medical Library training room. You will be contacted by the training team with information about how to join the session remotely.

Metrics: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly Thu 29 Nov 2018   10:00 Finished

This session aims to help you navigate your way through the metrics maze. It will enable you to discover research by using metrics and how metrics can determine online impact.

It will introduce article metrics, personal indicators such as the H-index, and altmetrics. Various tools including Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and Altmetric will be demonstrated. Please bring your own device if you wish to follow along with the session.

MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - French new Thu 13 Feb 2020   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - German and Dutch new Thu 20 Feb 2020   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - Italian new Tue 3 Mar 2020   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - Slavonic new Thu 5 Mar 2020   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

MMLL Library: Effective note making new Thu 28 Nov 2019   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce first year MMLL undergraduates to different note-making methods. The University of Cambridge definition of plagiarism will be also touched upon, after a discussion describing the connection between good note making practice and avoiding plagiarism.

MMLL Library: Effective Revising and Exam Preparation new Thu 12 Mar 2020   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce students to strategies to plan a revision timetable. It includes practical tips to help identify when and where you work best, strategies and techniques to stay focused, and a number of tools to block social media while revising. Memory tricks, making meaning, and chunking are all covered, as are exam day tips for the time before the exam, the day of the exam, and while in the exam.

MMLL Library: Finding and managing your information new Thu 21 Nov 2019   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce first year MMLL undergraduates to the different kind of library and resources available to them in Cambridge. We will be learning to search IDiscover, and to maximise their searches with the use of filters. The MMLL VLE will be introduced, with advice on navigating and maximising the Reading Lists resources, before moving on to the MMLL LibGuides available. The session ends with a brief introduction to the reference management tool Zotero.

MMLL Library: Getting Started With Zotero new Tue 18 Feb 2020   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to Zotero, a referencing software especially suited to the Arts & Humanities. Topics covered include how to install the software for free, saving citations, creating bibliographies and annotated bibliographies, shared libraries, and a number of user tips.

MMLL Library: Time management for effective studying new Tue 11 Feb 2020   13:00 Finished

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to the best tools and techniques for managing their time more effectively, getting organised, identifying how they work best, and learning to prioritise their workload. It includes online tools and strategies for effective time management.

Music databases and bibliographies new Thu 23 Oct 2014   14:00 Finished

We will look at different resources available for music research at Cambridge and explore search strategies, databases and bibliographies. This is a hands-on session and there will be an opportunity to focus on specific areas of research.

An informal small group session looking at research databases, referencing skills and examples of previously submitted dissertations.

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