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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. 

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.

Best practice for literature searching

WORKSHOP

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 ArticleReach, Interlibrary Loan, Bonus+ to request resources

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

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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.

Before the class, we recommend you take a look at our Finding Statistics guide: https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/guides/statistics

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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.

Before the class, we recommend you take a look at our Data Archives directory http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/research/data-archives

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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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Referencing & Copyright: Best Practice for Researchers

WORKSHOP

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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Data Management 1: Research Data Management at UTS - what you need to know

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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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Data Management 2: Documenting and organising your research data for an easier life

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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

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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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Introduction to 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 hands-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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Data security and privacy

WORKSHOP

Passwords and back-ups and storage - oh my! Keeping your data safe from prying eyes and disasters is more important and possibly more challenging than ever - are you taking it seriously? This hands-on session will give you a better understanding of data security and provide some tools to help you out.

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Introduction to Mendeley

WORKSHOP

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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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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EndNote: Tips and Tricks

WORKSHOP

This class is a good follow-up to EndNote for Researchers, or Introduction to Endnote.

In this workshop, you will learn useful tips and tricks like:

  • new features in EndNote
  • how to backup your library safely and securely
  • use groups, group sets and smart groups
  • remove duplicates
  • troubleshoot common problems

NOTE: this class assumes prior knowledge of EndNote, if you've never used it before, please attend EndNote for Researchers or Introduction to EndNote first.

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Introduction to EndNote for Mac

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EndNote class dedicated for Mac users. The workshop will contain the content of the Introduction to EndNote class – downloading and customising EndNote, manually entering references, downloading references from online sources and placing them into Word. The download process and the Word interface will be demonstrated on a Mac with Mac users in mind. We do not have a Mac lab at the library, so you will need to bring your own Mac laptop.

Please download the following material prior to the class:

If you need assistance setting this up, please arrive 15 minutes before the class.

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Advanced EndNote

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This 2 hour 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!

Please note:
This is an advanced workshop which requires a fair amount of experience with EndNote. If you are new to EndNote, we strongly encourage you to attend the Introduction to EndNote workshop before attending the Advanced EndNote workshop.

If you wish to bring your own laptop, please make sure you have downloaded the following prior to the class
1. Endnote Software
2. Harvard UTS referencing style
3. UTS Library connection file

If you need assistance setting this up please arrive 15 minutes before the class.

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Keep up to date

WORKSHOP

Tracking new research and trends in your topic area can be tricky when you want to avoid information overload, but also don't want to miss out on important developments.

This hands-on workshop will show you how to use database search alerts and RSS feeds (via Netvibes) to keep up to date with new publications and information.

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Collaboration Tools for Academics

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This hands-on workshop will give you an opportunity to play with the latest online tools that can make collaborating on projects easier and faster.

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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.

Twitter for Academics

WORKSHOP

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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Blogging for Academics

WORKSHOP

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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Maximise your research impact

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. 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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Researcher Profiles: managing your digital identity

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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 the impact your work has had.

In this workshop, we will help you set up profiles in:

  • ORCID
  • Researcher ID
  • Scopus
  • Google Scholar

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Finding funding opportunities

WORKSHOP

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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Data Management 4: Reusing and publishing 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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