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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. 

Dissertation Search strategies: finding resources at Goldsmiths and beyond

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 or write your proposal.

  • 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
  • Obtain articles you may need from journals that Goldsmiths does not subscribe to, including using other libraries and interlibrary loans

Format:
90 min workshop

Recommended for students researching for their dissertation or final projects, including 3rd-year Undergraduates and Postgraduate students

(Please note: this session covers similar content to the workshop Improving Your Search Strategies for Finding Resources)

Dates:
11:00 AM on Mon, 30 April, RUTHB 008 - Book here
11:00 AM on Wed, 16 May, RUTHB 102 - 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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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 Tue, 8 May, RUTHB 102 - Book here
11:00 AM on Thu, 14 June, RUTHB 008 - 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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Referencing FAQs

In this session we’ll cover some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about referencing and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

  • Find answers to commonly asked questions
  • Understand the principles of when to cite
  • Know where to find the right referencing guidance and tools to make referencing easier
  • Get support with your referencing dilemmas

Format:
60 min workshop

Recommended for undergraduate and postgraduate students who would like to brush up on their referencing skills.

Dates:
11:00 AM on Thu, 26 April, RUTHB Prokofiev Room - Book here
3:00 PM on Thu, 10 May, RUTHB Prokofiev Room - Book here
11:00 AM on Tue, 29 May, RUTHB Prokofiev Room - 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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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:
3:00 PM on Tue, 1 May, RUTHB Prokofiev Room - Book here
1:00 PM on Mon, 21 May, RUTHB Prokofiev Room - Book here

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

See online tutorials related to this workshop.

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

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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:
3:00 PM on Thu, 17 May, RUTHB Prokofiev Room - Book here
1:00 PM on Wed, 6 June, RUTHB Prokofiev Room - Book here

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

See online tutorials related to this workshop.

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

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