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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 seminars and 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 a series of workshops that will give you hands-on experience using the tools and resources mentioned in the seminar.

Finding literature and research data

SEMINAR

Do you wish to do excellent research work? Standing on the shoulders of giants. Who are they? Where can we find their research works? High quality resources will help you get started. In this session we will show you how to:

  • Find and use your subject research resources available in an academic library
  • Find the most impact articles in your area and track of the previous and subsequent research works based on these articles.

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Finding company and industry information

WORKSHOP

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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Finding Statistical Data

WORKSHOP

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 and open access resources

WORKSHOP

Do you know there are many research data archives and other scholarly resources freely available to public or researchers? This workshop will show you how to use these resources to have a better understanding of your research field in Australia and the world.

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Advanced database searching

WORKSHOP

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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We’ve heard from you that staying organised and keeping up to date with new information is one of the big challenges for researchers. In our second series we are going to focus on strategies and resources you can use to stay on top of everything. Our first seminar will give you an overview of the resources and strategies we recommend, and will be followed by workshops and seminars that will go into each of them in more detail.

Staying organised and up to date

SEMINAR

This seminar will give you an overview of the available tools to keep you organised with information, avoid information overload, and keep yourself up to date in your research area. More hands-on workshops will follow to help you start practice!

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Staying organised with EverNote

WORKSHOP

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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Keep up to date

WORKSHOP

This hands-on workshop will show you how to keep up to date with new discoveries and developments in your area of research. If you have a smart ph one or tablet bring it along!

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Collaborative tools for researchers

SEMINAR

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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Avoiding plagiarism and Referencing

SEMINAR

Plagiarism and ethical issues are always hot topics to academic researchers. In this session, we will explain the myths, does and don’t, examples and consequences relating with plagiarism. Organising your references is not too hard with the right reference management tool. There are many available to choose from - EndNote, Refworks and some free tools like Mendeley. Come along and share your experiences using reference management tools!

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EndNote: tricks and tips

SEMINAR

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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EndNote for researchers

WORKSHOP

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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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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Our third series of Research Workshops will focus on building your reputation as a researcher and promoting your research. Our first seminar session will discuss how research is measured and the strategies you can use to improve that measurement, and is followed by hands-on workshops to build your skills in these areas. This workshop series is relevant to all researchers no matter what stage you are in your career.

Building your reputation

SEMINAR

This will give you an overview of how research is measured at UTS, as well as introduce you to strategies you can use to maximise the impact of your research and build your reputation. The workshops that follow this seminar will build on the strategies mentioned, and give you hands on experience using these tools and resources.

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Finding conferences and funding opportunities

WORKSHOP

Searching for a conference at which to present your paper? Seeking opportunities for grants, fellowships and prizes? Want to contact other scholars who are working in your area? In this session, we will introduce some useful networks from trusted resources:

  • ResearcherID.com (Web of Knowledge)
  • Papers Invited (Proquest)
  • COS Funding Opportunities (Proquest)
  • COS Scholar Universe (Proquest)
  • Open access publishing -- UTS iResearch, Biomed Central, etc.

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Twitter for researchers

WORKSHOP

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

WORKSHOP

Blogs are a great way to test your voice and also communicate your research to the broader community. In this class we will help you set up a blog in Wordpress. Participants should bring along a picture of themselves, and images of their work if relevant.

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Where should I publish?

WORKSHOP

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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Show the impact of your research

WORKSHOP

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. This workshop will teach you how research is measured and described, as well as providing strategies that you can use to improve your ranking. While this session is introductory, the advice is relevant for academics at every stage of their careers.

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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
  • Impact Story

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