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Research Skills

2016 Autumn Workshop Program A collection of workshops and software programs designed to help you develop the skills required for researching. 

The Graduate Research School also run a series of research student workshop programs throughout the year. Details are available on Staff Connect (UTS login is required).

If you cannot attend a workshop, please Book a Librarian instead.

Finding Information | Referencing | Data Management | Publishing & Metrics | Collaboration & Communication Tools | learning.futures | Chinese Workshops

Finding Information

This series of workshops will help you develop effective search strategies to find relevant sources for your work. Best Practice for Literature Searching is recommended for all higher degree research students that are about to start their literature review.

Advanced Database Searching

This class covers key strategies to maximise relevant results from databases and develop a comprehensive search strategy for your topic - eg. when undertaking a literature review. It builds on the Starting your Assignment workshop.

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Best Practice for Literature Searching

To do a thorough literature search on your topic, you need to develop a great search strategy. Learn how a systematic search can help you more efficiently find resources on your topic. 

This hands on workshop will show you how to:

  • Start your literature search
  • Identify databases for your topic
  • Structure your search terms to find relevant results
  • Modify your search strategy when things go wrong
  • Save your searches
  • Locate high impact articles in your area
  • Use Interlibrary Loans, Bonus+ to request resources

This class is a good building block for other workshops covering how to find information.

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Find Research Data

Has someone done research in your field before? Maybe they've deposited their research data in an archive for others (including you) to use! Join us for this hands-on session as we take a look at some of the research data archive services available in Australia and internationally, and learn how you can search them for data you can use in your research. We'll start with Research Data Australia, and then depending on the group's interest we'll feature archives from the social sciences and biological sciences.

Before the class, we recommend you take a look at our Data Archives.

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Find Company and Industry Information

UTS Library subscribes to a fantastic package of databases that provide hard to find industry and company information covering:

  • Australian and international markets
  • Economic and financial data
  • Detailed reports and analysis
  • News and commentary

Come learn how these resources can help inform your research!

Additional Resources:

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Find Statistical Data

This class will introduce a number of key statistical websites and other resources to use when sourcing statistics. It will include both Australian and international sources eg: Australian Bureau of Statistics, SourceOECD, World Bank, the United Nations, IBIS World and an effective Google search.

Before the class, we recommend you take a look at our Finding Statistics guide

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Referencing

Learn about the Harvard (UTS) referencing style and also master referencing software such as EndNote, RefWorks and Mendeley.

EndNote for Beginners (PC)

An introduction to using EndNote to create in-text citations and a reference list in your assignments.This class is taught in a PC computer lab.

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EndNote for Beginners (Mac)

This is an EndNote class for Mac users. It will give you an introduction to using EndNote to create in-text citations and a reference list in your assignments.You will need to bring along you own MacBook.

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Advanced EndNote

This workshop covers advanced features of EndNote and is also run as a clinic – bring along your tricky EndNote questions.

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Introduction to RefWorks

Manage your references with RefWorks! This web-based software will help you collect, store and organise your references into a bibliography. You will learn how to create a RefWorks account, add references manually or from a database, insert references into a Word document and create a bibliography.

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Introduction to Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager as well as an academic social networking tool.
This introductory workshop will help you:

  • Create your Mendeley account
  • Understand the functionality of Mendeley via your browser vs the desktop version
  • Learn how to add the MS Word Plug-in and Web Importer tools
  • Add additional referencing styles like Harvard UTS

If you'd like to install Mendeley Desktop, please bring along your laptop or mobile device (works on Windows, Mac OS X 10.6+, Linux, iOS systems).

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Data Management

Effective research data management strategies are essential for all researchers at UTS. Our four part workshop will cover the basics of how to manage your data across the lifecycle of a project, from data collection to publishing. Securing Your Information offers basic strategies and tools for managing day-to-day security issues like password management.

Research Data Management 1: Policies & Planning Tools

Are you complying with the new and varied requirements around the management of your research data? In this session, we'll help you understand what's needed from a policy and governance perspective from both the University and key funders, but also highlight how some of this stuff can actually make your life a bit easier. We'll also introduce you to Stash - the University's research data management tool.

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Research Data Management 2: Get Organised, Stay Organised

Will 'future' you understand 'today' you's descriptions of your data collection and analysis processes? Can you relate to file names that look something like 'final.doc', 'finalv2.doc', or 'finalfinalv2.doc'? This session will take you through some practical tips for organising your work, and highlight the importance of keeping useful descriptions of the data you're generating and working with.

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Data Management 3: Storing and securing your research data

Where is your data? Do you need to share it with others, or work on it from different locations? Have you thought about how you might access your data in the future if the software you're using now no longer exists? In this session, we'll work through how to ensure safe storage and access for your research data, and provide tips and tools to help you now and in the future.

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Data Management 4: Reusing and publishing your research data

In research, we like to talk about 'standing on the shoulders of giants' - but will someone be able to stand on your shoulders? Have you thought about sharing your research data after you've extracted all you can from it? Come along to this session and learn about the latest developments in research data sharing. We'll discuss issues like ethics and privacy, demonstrate some successful data sharing projects, and show you some practical tools to help you leave a data legacy.

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Securing Your Information

Struggling to manage all your various online identities and passwords? This hands-on session will give you a better understanding of the basic principles behind data security and show you some tools to help you out.

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Publishing & Metrics

These workshops target researchers that want to develop an understanding of how metrics work and also to develop strategies for promoting their work. The content is particularly useful for higher degree research students and early career researchers, but the advice is applicable to researchers at any stage of their career.

Introduction to Research Metrics

h-index, cited by, journal impact factors ... these are some of the measures that researchers use to demonstrate the impact of their publications in academia. This hands-on session will explain how these metrics work and how to calculate or find them using specialised databases like Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar. 

You will learn:

  • What are citation metrics?
  • How are they measured?
  • How to find these metrics using Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar

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Altmetrics for Researchers

How is your research being used and discussed in social media, media sources and other platforms? This hands-on workshop will introduce you to altmetrics, a way to track your research based on views, downloads, mentions and more. It will also introduce key tools that can help boost the visibility of your research.

You will learn how to:

  • Use Altmetrics.com
  • Use Research Gate
  • Use Academia.edu
  • Find altmetrics data using library databases

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Create Your Researcher Profile

Researcher profiles are online identity tools that make it easy for funders, collaborators and colleagues to find you. They also ensure your work is properly attributed, removing author ambiguity, so that you can fully showcase your work.

Learn how to set up profiles in:

  • ORCID
  • Researcher ID
  • Scopus
  • Google Scholar

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Where Should I Publish?

This workshop will teach you how to use bibliometrics to publish strategically! We will show you how to use Journal Citation Report and Scopus to identify potential places to publish and then evaluate using a number of tools.

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Open Access Publishing

Open Access publishing ensures your research is accessible and as widely disseminated as possible. 

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn:

  • What is Open Access?
  • Is Open Access for me?
  • How UTS ePress and OPUS works
  • How to locate Open Access journals
  • How to avoid predatory publishers
  • How UTS Library can support you

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Find Funding Opportunities

This hands-on workshop will show you how to access and use Research Professional, a powerful online platform for finding Australian and international funding opportunities covering conference travel, early career researchers, grants and more.

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Copyright for Researchers

Copyright legislation and guidelines can be tricky for researchers, particularly if you are looking to publish your work online.

This workshop will answer commonly asked questions such as:

  • How does the Copyright Act apply to my research?
  • Can I share this?
  • Can I reuse other people's work?
  • How do I protect my work?
  • Where can I get help?

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Collaboration & Communication Tools

Learn about some of the tools that can help you with collaboration and communication such as Twitter, online language tutorials and more.

Twitter for Academics

Twitter is being increasingly used by academics and researchers to promote their research and as a part of teaching and learning.

In this hands-on class you will create your Twitter account and start using it to connect to other academics around the world.

We recommend you sign up for a Twitter account before the class.

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Find Research Collaborators

Learn about the online tools available to expand your network of potential research collaborators - or identify the competition. These tools provide metrics and publication data which will help you to be more strategic in how you plan your next project.

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Tools for English Language Improvement

Come learn about all the great resources UTS Library offers for improving your English language skills. This hands-on workshop is aimed at students that want to:

  • Prepare for IELTS
  • Improve their business communication
  • Prepare for the job-seeking process
  • Improve their vocabulary, grammar and writing
  • Improve their study skills including critical thinking

We offer online programs that you can access anytime, anywhere; some will even track your progress so you can see how far you've come! Learn more about these English Language resources on the UTS Library website.

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learning.futures

The Library has a range of services and resources to help academics flip their classroom or curate videos to embed in UTS Online. These workshops will cover the key video databases and the associated copyright issues around using online materials for teaching purposes.

Finding & Clipping Video Resources

The Library has access to large collections of streaming videos that can be clipped into short extracts or added to playlists. This workshop will showcase these multidisciplinary materials for use in teaching. It is particularly relevant to Flipped Learning. Content includes:

  • Lynda.com (thousands of online courses containing short videos on all topics, including MS Office, Adobe, IT and Business software, professional skills and much more)
  • EduTV (over 20,000 free-to-air and pay TV programs starting from 2006, including dramas, documentaries, series, and current affairs, updated daily)
  • TVNews (over half a million items from Australian TV news, current affairs and selected documentaries starting from 2007, updated daily)
  • Includes clipping and embedding from YouTube
  • Manipulating these clips in UTS Online
  • Gaining an understanding of relevant copyright issues.

In keeping with learning.futures principles there’s a small amount of pre-work. Prior to the class please establish accounts in:

  • Informit EduTV - click Register in the top right hand corner.
  • Google

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Fun with Copyright for Online Resources

Copyright questions come up frequently whenever people want to use videos, images and other online resources for teaching purposes. This workshop will cover the copyright issues you need to think about when using materials that were created by other people.

Additional Information:

In keeping with Learning.Futures principles there’s a small amount of pre-work: Look at the Library's Video Copyright page - bring any questions you may have to the class.

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Chinese Workshops

These workshops are delivered in Mandarin and cover basic library research skills and also referencing.

使用RefWorks轻松建立参考文献 (RefWorks)

你是不是觉得做完作业后准备参考文献目录既费时又费力,还担心其准确性? 
参考文献管理工具RefWorks能使你轻松地建立完美的参考文献目录。无需下载任何软件,只要在网上建立一个户头就行。
讲座能帮助你迅速掌握使用这种软件的技能。

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使用EndNote轻松建立参考文献 (EndNote)

你是不是觉得做完作业后准备参考文献目录既费时又费力,还担心其准确性? 
参考文献管理工具EndNote能帮助你轻松地建立完美的参考文献目录。EndNote中文讲座能帮助你迅速掌握使用这种软件的技能。

如果你想使用自己的笔记本电脑,请事先到图书馆的网站下载EndNote 软件(https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/help/referencing/endnote/download-endnote)。如果需要帮助,请提前10分钟到达,我们会指导你下载软件。

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