JRUL Research Skills Training

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What’s happening at the JRUL for PGRs this semester?

The John Rylands University Library has got an action-packed Research Skills Training Programme this semester but please sign up early because there are limited places on offer.  Some of the workshops that might appeal to Humanities postgrads are:

An Introduction to Using Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives -an introduction to using rare books, manuscripts and archives in the JRUL and beyond. The session will appeal to all students with an interest in using primary sources for research or learning in any discipline area. Wherever possible the course will be tailored to research interests of participants. Tuesday 19 October @ 10 am

Endnote for Humanities – “Bibliographies made easy.” This session will include a presentation, but will be mainly concerned with hands-on practical exercises to demonstrate different functions of the software. During this time a member of library staff from the Humanities Team will be on-hand to assist attendees.  Tuesday 23 November @ 10am

General Endnote“Bibliographies made easy.”  This session will include a presentation, but will be mainly concerned with hands-on practical exercises to demonstrate different functions of the software.  During this time a member of library staff will be on-hand to assist attendees.  The session will include a short presentation, demonstration of the key functions and some practical exercises to give you hands-on practice at using the software. Library staff will be on hand to assist. This course is suitable for any level of student/staff but it is ideal for researchers who intend on building up a considerable number of references.  Friday 22 October @ 10am or Tuesday 30 November @ 10am

Advanced Endnote –  This session will build on the Introduction to EndNote session, covering some of the advanced features of EndNote and addressing the issues most frequently encountered by researchers.  The session will take the form of practical examples and a workbook covering common themes to provide hands-on experience. The session will be suitable for those who have attended the ‘Introduction to EndNote’ course or who are familiar with the basics of EndNote.  Thursday 2 December @ 10am

Zetoc – This hour long session will introduce you to the Zetoc service. This service searches the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents pages covering all its journals and conference papers across the subject disciplines. The service is incredibly useful as it can easily be set up to inform you about new publications in your field.  Wednesday 24 November @ 2pm or Tuesday 12 October @ 2pm

Tips on Avoiding Information Overload –  In today’s information rich world it is often difficult to know where to look for information and how to refine that information to reduce the noise and deliver relevant data. There are a number of methods that can be adopted to achieve this. This short, face-to-face course will briefly cover ways that will enable you to reduce your information overload. Tuesday 26 October @ 11am or Wednesday 1 December @ 2pm

Humanities Information Skills: Managing Your References – EndNote X3. Supported by Manchester IT Services and available on all cluster and Staff PCs.  “EndNote is a bibliographic database manager with facilities for importing bibliographic reference data from a wide range of sources, outputting data in a range of formats to suit various journals, and with a set of add-in commands for Word providing seamless bibliography production and citing of references, charts and images.” The session will include a short presentation, demonstration of the key functions and some practical exercises to give you hands-on practice at using the software. Library staff will be on hand to assist. Monday 22 November @ 1.30pm

British Parliamentary Papers Online – This is a session introduces the wide range of British Governmental / official publications now available electronically from the John Rylands University Library. The session will be of interest to anyone who uses official publications whether this be for research into current government policy or historical research into British political history or the history of specific policy themes.  Tuesday 19 October @ 10am.

Electronic Journals Online – This session provides you with guidance on how to locate journal articles electronically, using the resources of the John Rylands University Library. The session also offers a practical four-step guide to creating an effective literature searching strategy, together with an introduction to our bibliographic databases.  Tuesday 19 October @ 1pm or Thursday 18 November @ 10am

Finding News – The Factiva Database – This hands-on course will provide an overview of the Library’s wealth of news resources, both historical and contemporary, and provide a more detailed look at Factiva, a news database with over 14,000 international news and business publications. Tuesday 9 November @ 10am

Scopus – This session will be an introduction to one of the most function-rich databases available at the University of Manchester. As well as standard literature searching, SCOPUS allows for analysis of citations and research performance information. Results can also be shown in visual formats such as graphs.  Wednesday 20 October @ 2pm or Wednesday 8 December @ 10am.

Humanities Information Management

Those of you attending the Faculty sessions on Planning Your PhD and Completing Your Literature Review might find the following 4 sessions on Information Management useful:

Humanities Information Skills: Starting Your Literature Review – This first session of 5 will introduce you to the PGR Research Information Skills Module and look at how best to explore the Library’s resources and design an effective search strategy.  This initial session is intended to establish a set of key skills on which to base an efficient and effective literature review.  Monday 8 November @ 1.30pm.

Humanities Information Skills: Finding Information for your Research – This session will delve deeper into the capabilities of key Humanities databases.  Ways of finding literature and information that may be highly relevant to researchers but may not be openly published, both in print or on the web, will be highlighted and discussed.  Monday 15 November @ 1.30pm.

Humanities Information Skills: Dissemination – This session will introduce researchers to Manchester eScholar, the University of Manchester’s institutional repository, looking at its role in publicising your research.  This session will also cover journal impact factors as one way of identifying leading journals in which to publish. It will look at the importance of the impact of research in humanities and how to improve your research profile.  Monday 29 November @ 1.30pm.

Humanities Information Skills: Current Awareness – The final session will look at methods of keeping your research up-to-date and identifying the latest information in your field.  Monday 6 December @ 1.30pm.

How Do I Sign Up?

Book your place on any of the above Library training sessions via the University Portal www.manchester.ac.uk/portal or by visiting the Library Training Calendar: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/courses/calendar/

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