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Your dissertation could be the biggest thing you ever write, learn helpful skills in how to do it

One to One sessions

In addition to our workshops below you can meet with specialist study skills tutors who can help you with all aspects of academic work. 

How to Tackle a Literature Review

A workshop examining the main objectives of a literature review and what factors need to be considered when writing a critical literature review. 

  • Identifying the purpose of a literature review
  • How to choose relevant reading material that underpins the dissertation
  • Importance of critical reading
  • Steps to completing the literature review

Format:
90 min workshop

Dates:
2:00 PM on Wed, 7 February, Prokofiev Room - Book here

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Core - Improving Your Search Strategies for Finding Resources

A more advanced workshop building on the basic Introduction to Finding Resources and Referencing workshop. We will help you to identify appropriate subject-specific journal article databases in your area of interest. (Note: we will not be covering advanced referencing or Zotero).

  • Understand the limitations of Library Search and be able to find and access journal articles when using the ‘Include non full-text results’ filter
  • Construct a search in a subject-specific academic database
  • Use advanced techniques to narrow and filter results for relevance
  • Understand the role and use of a thesaurus in a subject-specific database, if available
  • Know how to set about obtaining articles you may need from journals that Goldsmiths does not subscribe to, including using other libraries and inter library loans

 

Format:
90 min workshop

Recommended for 3rd year Undergraduates and Postgraduate students or anyone already confident with finding resources using Library Search.

Dates:
11:00 AM on Wed, 14 March, Rutherford Building 008 (The Library) - Book here

See online tutorials related to this workshop.

If you would like to know more please email: academicskills (@gold.ac.uk)

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Core - Zotero for Reference Management (beginners)

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.

  • 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.

Format:
90 min workshop

Recommended for researchers/students that have not yet used Zotero to manage a library of references and produce a references list.

Dates:
11:00 AM on Thu, 1 February, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here
1:00 PM on Mon, 19 February, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here
3:00 PM on Thu, 15 March, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here

The training room does not have PCs so please bring a laptop with you.

If you would like to know more please email: academicskills (@gold.ac.uk)

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Core - Zotero for Reference Management (intermediate)

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.

  • 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

Format:
90 min workshop

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.

Dates:
1:30 PM on Tue, 13 February, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here
11:00 AM on Fri, 9 March, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here
1:30 PM on Tue, 20 March, Prokofiev Room (Library) - Book here

The training room does not have PCs so please bring a laptop with you.

 

If you would like to know more please email: academicskills (@gold.ac.uk)

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