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The Academic Skills Centre, which is situated in the library, is open all summer to help students who are still on campus.

We will be offering one-to-one drop in tutorials at different times throughout each week. The academic skills team will also be offering a number of workshops in conjunction with the library subject librarians team.

Academic Skills summer one-to-one and workshop sessions are detailed below. Some you can book in advance and some you should just come along to on the day. Please follow the instructions for each workshop. These sessions are only open to current Goldsmiths students. You must use your @gold.ac.uk email address to book onto a workshop.

Academic Skills Drop-in

We will be running one-to-one drop-in tutorials at various times during the Summer holidays (see below). These will be updated weekly and displayed on the Academic Skills Programme board in the Library.

When Tuesday 19 June 2-4pm / Thursday 21 June 10am-12pm / Friday 22 June 10am-12pm

Where Opposite the library help desk (ground floor)

Who These 30-minute sessions are given by academic skills and study skills tutors

What Bring a piece of work to discuss and questions you would like answered.

Booking Arrive 30 minutes before the session to add your name to a sign-up sheet.

Workshops

The Academic Skills Centre are running workshops over the summer with sessions that focus on writing, editing and finishing your dissertation.

Dissertation Search Strategies - 28 June

This workshop is designed to build on your existing knowledge by introducing advanced search strategies and useful resources you can access beyond Goldsmiths. This will help you to survey existing published material on your chosen dissertation topic to begin your research. We will show you how to get hold of any resources you can't access straight away.

  • Use the functions of Library Search to identify material held outside Goldsmiths
  • Use other web-based search tools to cross-search Library catalogues
  • Construct planned searches in subject-specific academic databases
  • Use advanced techniques to narrow and filter results for relevance
  • Evaluate resources for academic quality
  • Obtain books and articles you may need from journals that Goldsmiths does not subscribe to, including using other libraries and interlibrary loans

Recommended for students researching for their dissertation or final projects, particularly Postgraduate students studying over the summer.

Thursday 28 June / 11am-12.30pm / RUTHB 008 / Book here

Zotero for Reference Management (beginners) - 21 June, 13 July

An introduction to reference management software and our recommended reference management software (Zotero). The session is aimed for all researchers/students that have not yet used Zotero to manage a library of references and produce a reference list. Please bring your laptops if possible as this will allow you to set up Zotero.

  • To introduce reference management software
  • To install Zotero and register a Zotero account
  • To add records to your Zotero library and use the Zotero Connector
  • To introduce the Zotero word processor plugin
  • And produce a references list in a style of your choice.

Thursday 21 June / 2-3.30pm / RUTHB 008 / Book here

Friday 13 July  / 11am-12.30pm / RUTHB 008 / Book here

Introduction to Citation Analysis - 25 June, 10 July

This workshop is to introduce the benefits of more quantitative approaches when literature (re)searching using Web of Science for citation analysis. By the end of the session you will be able to perform a citation analysis for an idea that you are researching.

  • To understand when a citation analysis can be of benefit
  • To be able to use Web of Science
  • To recognise when to use Google Scholar in conjunction with Web of Science
  • To perform a citation analysis on an idea you are researching

This session is open for all researchers, dissertation students and anyone else overwhelmed when literature searching.

Monday 25 June / 11am-12.30pm / RUTHB 008 / Book here

Tuesday 10 July  / 2-3.30pm / RUTHB 008 / Book here

Zotero for Reference Management (intermediate) - 3, 18 July

This second Zotero session is aimed for researchers/students already familiar with Zotero but want to know more about its advanced functionality. This includes detailing the word processor plugin, amending records in your Zotero library account and beyond. Please bring your laptops if possible.

  • To explain the different file types Zotero use
  • To introduce the Retrieve Metadata function
  • To use and evaluate the Zotero word processor plugin
  • To be able to add notes within Zotero
  • To backup your references
  • And resolve common queries related to Zotero’s advanced functionality

This second Zotero session is aimed for researchers/students already familiar with Zotero but want to know more about its advanced functionality. Students who are completely new to Zotero should attend Zotero for Reference Management (beginners) first.

Tuesday 3 July / 3-4.30pm / RUTHB 102 / Book here

Wednesday 18 July  / 2-3.30pm / RUTHB 008 / Book here 

Dissertation Referencing Drop-in - 2, 5 July

With knowledge of all the different referencing styles used at Goldsmiths, Subject Librarians will be on hand to answer your queries. 

This drop in is designed to help you with particular referencing problems or questions you have identified and will be held at the far end of the Library helpdesk.

Thursday 5 July / 2-4pm / Library Helpdesk

Tuesday 24 July / 10am-12pm / Library Helpdesk

MA Dissertation Writing (repeat) - 19 July

These workshops are repeated from the Summer Term.

This two-part workshop offers strategies, models and practical advice on writing your Masters dissertation.

Part 1: Literature Review

In Part 1, you will consider an example of what a good literature review looks like. You will also receive strategies for effective researching and transforming your reading into writing.

In this session, you will

  • examine the role and language of Literature Reviews, focusing on critical thinking
  • discuss an example of a successful literature review
  • receive a variety of visual models for Literature Reviews
  • consider how to find evidence for research
  • receive strategies for using your reading productively in your writing

Part 2: Refining the Structure & Question

Part 2 focuses on refining your question to avoid the 'risk' of proceeding with a question that is too broad to answer in 8,000-12,000 words (depending on your department). This session will also give you strategies for creating an argument and structuring it effectively over a long piece of research such as the dissertation.

In this session, you will:

  • receive strategies for refining the dissertation question
  • consider how to move from a 'question' to a 'problem'
  • examine general models and specific examples of dissertation structures
  • consider what kinds of elements/chapters examiners are looking for in a good dissertation

No booking required.

No booking required.Available to Postgraduate Masters students, but PhD candidates may also benefit.

Part 1: Thursday 19 July / 12-1.30pm/ MMB (EB) 220

Part 2: Thursday 19 July / 4-5.30pm / MMB (EB) 220

Shut Up and Write - 7, 15, 23, 28 August

Minimise procrastination and get words on the page.

This session gives you space to make progress on your current writing project. A Writing Tutor will be on hand to suggest goals that can be achieved in one hour and to offer prompts for kick-starting writing. You will also be able to reflect on your own writing habits.

  • 10 minutes discussion & goal-setting
  • 45 minutes  quiet writing session

Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome. This session is suitable for students who currently have a writing project, e.g. thesis, report, book review, reflective project, portfolio, journal article, etc.

No booking required.

You should bring anything you need to write: notebook and pen or laptop and charger. You should also bring any notes you might need.

Tuesday 7 August / 1-2pm / MMB (EB) 111

Wednesday 15 August / 2-3pm / MMB (EB) 111

Thursday 23 August / 2-3pm / MMB (EB) 111

Tuesday 28 August / 1-2pm / MMB (EB) 111

If you would like strategies on completing your dissertation, please check the workshops list. There are taught session two hours before each Shut Up and Write session (with a one hour break in between).

 

 

Haiku My Dissertation: Find Focus - 7 August

Refresh your perspective on your question.

This session gives you strategies and models for producing your dissertation, by focusing on how research is written up. It will invite you to reflect on your own definition of good writing and how to produce it.

No booking required.

Recommended for Students who currently have a writing project, e.g. thesis, report, book review, reflective project, portfolio, journal article, etc.

Tuesday 7 August / 11am-12pm / RHB 150

If you would like to get words on the page, there is a ‘Shut Up and Write’ session on the same day as this workshop.

 

Writing About Theory - 7 August

Get theory under control in your writing.

This session gives you strategies and models for producing your dissertation, by focusing on how research is written up. It will invite you to reflect on your own definition of good writing and how to produce it.

No booking required.

Recommended for Students who currently have a writing project, e.g. thesis, report, book review, reflective project, portfolio, journal article, etc.

If you would like to get words on the page, there is a ‘Shut Up and Write’ session on the same day as this workshop.

Tuesday 7 August / 5-6pm / RHB 150

 

Editing Strategies - 15, 28 August

For work in progress. Building argument at paragraph and chapter level.

This session gives you strategies and models for producing your dissertation, by focusing on how research is written up. It will invite you to reflect on your own definition of good writing and how to produce it.

No booking required.

Recommended for Students who currently have a writing project, e.g. thesis, report, book review, reflective project, portfolio, journal article, etc.

If you would like to get words on the page, there is a ‘Shut Up and Write’ session on the same day as this workshop.

Wednesday 15 August / 12-1pm / MMB (EB) 110

Tuesday 28 August / 5-6pm / RHB 140 (repeat)

Writing the Conclusion - 15 August

Think ahead to a powerful and convincing end to the dissertation.

This session gives you strategies and models for producing your dissertation, by focusing on how research is written up. It will invite you to reflect on your own definition of good writing and how to produce it.

No booking required.

Recommended for Students who currently have a writing project, e.g. thesis, report, book review, reflective project, portfolio, journal article, etc.

If you would like to get words on the page, there is a ‘Shut Up and Write’ session on the same day as this workshop.

Wednesday 15 August / 5-6pm / MMB (EB) 110

Micro-editing for Work in Progress - 23 August

Emphasise critical thinking and argument inside paragraphs.

This session gives you strategies and models for producing your dissertation, by focusing on how research is written up. It will invite you to reflect on your own definition of good writing and how to produce it.

No booking required.

Recommended for Students who currently have a writing project, e.g. thesis, report, book review, reflective project, portfolio, journal article, etc.

If you would like to get words on the page, there is a ‘Shut Up and Write’ session on the same day as this workshop.

Thursday 23 August / 5-6pm / RHB 140

More Editing Strategies - 23, 28 August

Assess your structure and what you need to finish.

This session gives you strategies and models for producing your dissertation, by focusing on how research is written up. It will invite you to reflect on your own definition of good writing and how to produce it.

No booking required.

Recommended for Students who currently have a writing project, e.g. thesis, report, book review, reflective project, portfolio, journal article, etc.

If you would like to get words on the page, there is a ‘Shut Up and Write’ session on the same day as this workshop.

Thursday 23 August / 12-1pm / RHB 140

Tuesday 28 August / 11am-12pm / RHB 140 (repeat)

Academic Skills Online

Academic Skills Online is a series of online tutorials designed to help you develop the academic skills you will need whilst studying at Goldsmiths. These support the face to face workshops we provide. The tutorials be accessed on Learn.Gold or LibGuides.