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Research Skills (for Postgraduates & Staff)

A collection of workshops and software programs designed to help you develop the skills required for researching. 2014 Research Workshops (PDF)

Our first series of workshops will help build advanced skills in locating, retrieving and evaluating information for your research. The first session provides an overview of resources and services available, and is the perfect place to bring along tricky questions. It will be followed by other workshops that will focus on particular types of data, information and search tools.

Where to find academic literature

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Kick start your literature review with this introductory workshop that will help you navigate essential resources and services available through UTS Library including:

  • Subject resources in print and online
  • High impact articles in your area
  • Library Databases

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

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Advanced database searching

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This class covers key strategies to maximise relevant results from databases and developing a comprehensive search strategy for your topic - eg: when undertaking a literature review.

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Finding Statistical Data

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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.

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Finding research data

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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.

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Finding company and industry information

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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!

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We’ve heard from you that staying organised, managing you references and keeping up to date with new information are among the challenges facing new researchers. In our second series of workshops, we are going to focus on strategies and resources that can help you stay on top of everything.

Referencing Software: find your perfect match

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Choosing the referencing software of your dreams can be a confusing task. Let UTS Library guide you through this process with an overview and comparison of Endnote, Mendeley and Zotero.

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EndNote for researchers

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This 2 hour workshop introduces EndNote and covers: getting the software, creating an EndNote library, adding references to your library, reference styles including Harvard (UTS), using Groups, using EndNote with Word to create a bibliography and more.

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EndNote: tricks and tips

WORKSHOP

In this class we will give you recent updates of the new features of EndNote, we encourage you to share your experience of using EndNote, solve tricks and learn tips!

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Advanced EndNote

WORKSHOP

This workshop covers advanced features of EndNote such as: attaching files, printing reference lists, managing images and figures, footnotes, editing reference styles, EndNote library preferences, EndNote Web and more. Bring your own question or topic!

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Research Data Management

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If you’re a researcher, chances are you’ll have data. It could be stats, instrument data, interviews, images, video... pretty much anything. BUT – have you thought about how you’ll organise it for easy retrieval and use? Do you know where you will store it? Do you have plans if your computer is destroyed by flood, fire or alien invasion? If not, don’t panic - we can talk you through these issues and help you create a data management plan that is simple but covers all stages of your research project, using the university's new research data management solution Stash.

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Referencing Best Practice for Researchers

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Learn how following best practice in your referencing can help you avoid self-plagiarism and related ethical issues. We will also explore hot topics like intellectual property and copyright as they relate to academic publishing.

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Keep up to date

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This hands-on workshop will show you how to use database search alerts and RSS feeds to keep up to date with new publications and information in your research area. If you have a smartphone or tablet, please bring it along!

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Collaborative tools for researchers

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This seminar will help you learn how to use web-based tools to make collaborating on projects easier and faster, including Google Docs, EndNote Web, Medenley, etc.

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Introduction to EverNote

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Evernote is a free software application that assists in collecting information you want to remember in one place and syncs all your devices eg notes in meetings, websites, files, photos and email management. This hand-on workshop will look at the web version, you can then continue to use it or download the free software and take advantage of this very powerful tool.

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Our third series of Research Workshops will focus on building your reputation as a researcher and promoting your research. Our first workshop will discuss how research is measured and the strategies you can use to improve that measurement. This workshop series is relevant to all researchers no matter what stage you are at in your career.

Bibliometrics: show the impact of your research

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Measuring and describing the quality or impact of your research is becoming increasingly important in Australian and international academic communities, and can have a big impact on the university’s rankings, funding opportunities and your career. While this session is introductory, the advice is relevant for academics at every stage of their careers.

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Where should I publish?

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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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Identity management

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UTS Library is running a pilot program to train research staff and HDR students on a variety of identity management and research tools that tackle the problem of author ambiguity. This awareness is important in managing your publication and citation data; aspects that you need to be familiar with whether it is for a job promotion or for contributing to metrics as a measure of the university’s performance. The workshop will explain and help you set up profiles in:

  • ORCID
  • Researcher ID
  • Scopus
  • Google Citations

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Finding funding opportunities

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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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Twitter for researchers

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Twitter is being increasingly used by scholars to promote their research. In this hands-on class you will create your Twitter account and start using it to connect to other researchers around the world.

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Blogging for researchers

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Blogs are a great way to write more frequently, gather feedback and communicate your research to the broader community. In this workshop, we will introduce you to some of the more popular blogging tools available and how to choose one that best suits you. The last part of the class will give you a chance to set up an account and take it for a test drive.

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Sharing your research data

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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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