Finding resources

Workshop topics

Discover and critically evaluate specialist resources to use in your assignments and research.

Discovering Images and Copyright

Find out how to locate good quality online images to use in assignments and on social media

Suitable for all students.

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

This workshop introduces some key online resources which can be used to search for high quality images for use in academic assignments and other contexts such as social media platforms. You will also learn about the basic concerns surrounding the use of online visual resources and discuss strategies for finding and using copyright free images.

  • Find good quality copyright free images for use in academic assignments
  • Identify the main copyright issues that relate to online visual resources
  • Use and understand Creative Commons licences

Dates:
11:00 AM on Fri, 6 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Dissertation Search Strategies

This workshop introduces search strategies and useful resources to access at Goldsmiths Library and beyond

Suitable for all students.

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

You will learn how to:

  • Use advanced search techniques and construct planned searches in Library Search and specialist databases
  • Filter searches for relevancy and evaluate resources for academic quality
  • Identify relevant resources held outside Goldsmiths Library
  • Obtain books, articles and other resources that Goldsmiths Library does not hold from other libraries

Dates:
3:00 PM on Tue, 10 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Exploring E-Resources

Learn how to use specialist Library databases to find research resources for your assignments

Suitable for all students. 

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

A hands on workshop giving you the opportunity explore the many specialist databases you are able to access at Goldsmiths. You’ll learn how to navigate subject-specific material and find newspaper articles, audio-visual material and peer-reviewed journal articles.

By the end of this session students you will be able to:

  • Understand when to use Library databases to find resources
  • Be familiar with the variety of subject specific databases and e-resources available through Goldsmiths Library
  • Use simple techniques to make database searching easier and more efficient

Dates:
1:00 PM on Fri, 13 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Filter Bubbles and Exploiting Search Engines

How to use online tools to burst your filter bubble and find better information

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students 

Format:
This is a 60-minute workshop

This workshop will encourage you to be critical of the way search engines and social media present information.

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand how search engine algorithms affect search results and create filter bubbles
  • Understand how social media echo chambers influence yours and others world views
  • Use methods to find information outside of filter bubbles

Dates:
10:00 AM on Thu, 12 March, RUTHB 103 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Finding Business Information

How to research the inner workings of companies and charities and the markets/industries they operate in.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students.

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to research individual companies or charities and broader industries or sectors. You will be using specialist databases to find relevant business information and market research.

  • Find information on specific companies or charities
  • Find information to understand the broader sector or industry
  • Know where to find business information from both Goldsmiths library and beyond

Dates:
11:30 AM on Wed, 25 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Resistance Researching: Inclusive Citation

Practical approaches to decolonising library research practice.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students.

Format:
This is a 60 minute workshop.

This 60 minute workshop aims to enable participants to understand that academic references and citations have a purpose (and a power) beyond plagiarism, and provide practical tips on how to resist privileging dominant voices by engaging in a practice of inclusive citation.

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand how citation practices can privilege certain voices whilst marginalising others
  • Critically review their research process for “inclusive citation”
  • Navigate and evaluate citation trails using Library Search, and databases such as Web of Science
  • Establish an ongoing practice of “inclusive citation” in their own research as a means to effect change

This workshop supports the Liberate our Library initiative, as part of Liberate Our Degree.

This workshop is part of Resistance Researching, workshops designed to suggest practical steps we can take to decolonising our library research practice.

Dates:
3:00 PM on Wed, 4 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Resistance Researching: Open Access for Resistance Researching

Practical approaches to decolonising library research practice.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students.

Format:
This is a 60 minute workshop.

This 60 minute workshop aims to empower participants to explore how alternative publishing practices and platforms such as Open Access and social media can extend your academic engagement and promote open and inclusive scholarship

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Explain how the ethos of Open Access can contribute to the practice of ‘decolonisation’ in research
  • Understand how current mainstream academic publishing privileges and maintains primacy of dominant voices
  • Locate and use inclusive resources from non-western sources e.g. SciELO, African Journal Online
  • Critically evaluate academic social platforms such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Mendeley

This workshop supports the Liberate our Library initiative, as part of Liberate Our Degree.

This workshop is part of Resistance Researching, workshops designed to suggest practical steps we can take to decolonising our library research practice.

Dates:
3:00 PM on Wed, 26 February, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Using other libraries for your assignment

Exploring other libraries across London (and beyond) for your assignments or research.

Suitable for all students, but most relevant to 2nd or 3rd year undergraduates and postgraduate students looking for further resources.

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

This workshop highlights a range of options for expanding the scope of your research outside Goldsmiths Library.

The session will include an introduction to Senate House Library and the wider University of London consortium, as well as other free-to-use libraries in London and beyond.

It will also cover Open Access resources and how to get the most out of your inter-library loan requests.

By the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Use Library Search to find relevant resources inside and outside of Goldsmiths Library collections
  • Compare the collections of other libraries within the London area and beyond for further access to research resources
  • Understand the best way to obtain resources, either by visiting other libraries or requesting items via inter-library loan
  • Consider a range of online search tools to find open access e-resources

Dates:
1:00 PM on Wed, 26 February, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Zotero for Managing Your References (Part 1)

Learn to use this free tool to help manage your references.

Suitable for all students.

Format:
These are 90-minute workshops.

This beginners workshop will introduce you to the freely available reference management software called Zotero. Zotero can help you collect and manage your references as you find them and then quickly add them to your written work using automated in-text citations and an automatically generated reference list. 

You are strongly advised to bring your own laptop if you have one and make sure that you have installed Zotero in advance of the session. This video guide can help you. 

You will also be able to use Zotero on the computers provided if you do not have your own laptop.

By the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Check their Zotero is correctly set up and synced to their account
  • Understand the basic layout and benefits of Zotero
  • Use simple methods to add references to their Zotero library and make edits
  • Use the Zotero word processor plugin
  • Produce a reference list in a style of your choice

Zotero is recommended for all students and researchers who want to use to a tool to manage their references. Zotero is particularly useful for longer projects, dissertations, or research.

Dates:
3:00 PM on Tue, 25 February, RUTHB 008 - Book here
3:00 PM on Thu, 5 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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