Lunchtime workshops mainly take place during the autumn term. If you are interested in attending any of the sessions listed during spring or summer terms please contact Coco Nijhoff a.nijhoff@imperial.ac.uk.

All sessions require booking in advance. In order for us to send you materials, please book by the date indicated.

Digital and information skills

Copyright and Creative Commons

Copyright and Creative Commons 

The session will explain the importance of copyright when using other people’s images in your assignments, posters and presentations. We will discuss Creative Commons licenses and how they make it easier to reuse and repurpose other people’s content. 

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

  • understand Creative Commons licenses and how they are used in different contexts for copyright
  • choose the correctly licensed image for your academic situation
  • find guidance on how to properly reference and attribute images.  
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Digital footprint

Digital footprint  

We leave a digital footprint in many ways, some which are obvious, and some which are more surprising. You will learn what your own digital footprint is and discover techniques and tools to manage the information about you online. How might you use these tools to build a professional online profile? 

By the end of this session you will:

  • understand what your digital footprint is and how it is linked with your digital identity
  • discover what the Internet knows about YOU
  • develop an awareness of how to apply tools for privacy, based on an understanding of how others may use your information
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Finding company, financial and industry information

Finding company, financial and industry information  

An introduction to the types of company, financial and industry information available. The session includes financial statements, company profiles, reports, share price and other financial data. Find out about some of the best databases available through Library Services and learn useful search techniques. 

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

  • identify the best resources for company, financial and industry information offered by Library Services
  • find specific databases for your topic
  • develop a search strategy to uncover relevant information
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Finding trustworthy information from reliable sources

Finding trustworthy information from reliable sources 

This workshop will give you the confidence to know how to choose reliable resources. We will show you a variety of information resources and help you decide which ones are suitable for your needs, including newspapers, databases and encyclopaedias. You will also learn how to determine which resources to trust. 

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

  • discover alternatives to Wikipedia and current preferences in search tools
  • recognise how search techniques can affect results
  • identify key characteristics of reputable literature 
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Introduction to academic databases and search tools

Introduction to academic databases and search tools 

This is a general introduction to academic databases and using search tools such as PubMed, Engineering Village, Web of Science and Google Scholar to find high quality academic research to support your assignments.  

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

  • recognise useful search tools and academic databases
  • formulate a search strategy
  • use your new skills to find relevant research 
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#SmartLearning

#SmartLearning

There are many smart tools, from software, to apps, to your iPad’s hidden features, that can help you manage your time, lecture notes and exam revision. You will learn about a range of useful smart technology tools and how they may be able to help you succeed and engage in #SmartLearning. 

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

  • identify a range of good quality smart tools and technologies, and their main functionalities
  • determine the ways in which they could be used to support learning
  • assess your specific learning needs and select the best smart tools to help you 
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Academic skills

Critical evaluation of sources

Critical evaluation of sources 

Being able to critically evaluate the academic information you read in peer-reviewed articles, reviews and conference papers will help you save time while studying and assist you in writing clearer assignments. In this session you will discover why critical evaluation of sources is important, identify and utilise tips and tools to help you critically evaluate more effectively, and receive a brief introduction to evaluating statistics. 

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

  • understand what critical evaluation is and why it is important
  • identify and use tips and tools to help you critically evaluate more effectively 
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Preparing for assessed presentations

Preparing for assessed presentations 

In this session you will identify the purpose of your presentation, understand your audience and develop a toolkit and techniques to communicate your message. You will improve you understanding of how to structure your presentation and discover ways to build confidence when presenting. 

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

  • identify the purpose of your presentation and your audience
  • employ a variety of tools and techniques to communicate your message
  • structure your presentation
  • build confidence when presenting 
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Open to all students:  Communicating science successfully sessions using your voice: adding life to your presentation

For Master's students: Courses for undergraduate and exchange students Presentations

For PhD students: Technical speaking for doctoral students and Effective presentation skills

Preparing your first literature review

Preparing your first literature review

You will learn what a literature review is and get advice on how to prepare one, even if you have never done this type of writing before. Find out about effective reading, selecting and evaluating suitable academic sources, and organising your literature review. 

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

  • identify the difference between the research and writing processes of a literature review
  • identify the key stages of preparing a literature review
  • explain the importance of effective source selection and evaluation
  • start planning the structure of a literature review 
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Strategies for note-taking

Strategies for note-taking

This session will introduce strategies for note-taking from texts and lectures. You will be introduced to recognised methods for note-taking and practice them using hands-on exercises. You will also be introduced to apps available through Imperial to help with note-taking. 

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

  • differentiate between three note-taking strategies and choose one to use for your own academic practice
  • apply the Cornell method of note-taking to listening to a short lecture
  • apply a second note-taking method to a close reading of a short text 
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For international students: Listening and speaking courses on secture listening and speed listening

Time management throughout your undergraduate degree

Time management throughout your undergraduate degree

Develop time management skills for your undergraduate degree. Consider how much time you will need for assignments, where to focus your time and how to improve productivity when managing multiple deadlines. Discover tools such as the Pomodoro Technique, integrated to-do lists, the Gantt chart, and some to help you switch off when you need to. We will also consider apps for time management. 

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

  • assess your needs for time management using a reflective exercise and identify areas for improvement
  • discover key tools for planning and develop your ‘ideal’ time allocation for a day or a week
  • learn how to apply skills to help with managing studying, such as reading, exams and written work
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These classes promote writing more efficiently to time they are open to Undergraduates in the first term and open to Undergraduates and Master’s students in the second term.

 Practice STEMM* writing

Practice Science Report writing

Imperial College Health Centre

Imperial College Health Centre workshops on Resilience

Tips and techniques for exam revision

Tips and techniques for exam revision 

The session draws research findings on the neurobiology of learning and growth mindset to explore how to harness the brain's plasticity and processing in order to create new neural pathways for learning that lasts. It will offer tips on applying this knowledge in a revision for exams situation. 

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

  • identify your own learning style and its strengths
  • recognise how the brain works during the three stages of deep learning and what exams are assessing for
  • develop self-awareness around the impact of positive emotions on learning 
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Referencing skills

Referencing with Mendeley

Referencing with Mendeley 

Mendeley is software that helps you manage your references easily in one place and across multiple devices and platforms. You will learn how to make the best of the platform by building your library of references and PDFs, organising your work, networking and collaborating with other research peers, and creating citations and bibliographies. 

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

  • import into your personal libraries’ references from a variety of sources
  • format citations using the Word plug-in and export a BibTeX file for a LaTex editor
  • Evaluate whether Mendeley the right referencing software for you  
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Referencing with RefWorks

Referencing with RefWorks

RefWorks is cloud-based reference management software which makes referencing easier by inserting citations and generating reference lists in your assignments. You can quickly and easily build a library of references from the sources you have read, organise them by project and share them with otherfor group assignments. This workshop will show you how to create a RefWorks account, save and organise references and use them to create citations and reference lists. 

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

  • import references into RefWorks from a variety of sources
  • organise references into folders and projects 
  • format citations and create references lists in your chosen style using the Word add-in 
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Referencing with Zotero

Referencing with Zotero

Zotero is a free and open source reference management system with features such as online syncing and web browser integration. This workshop will show you how to create a Zotero account, save references from different sources, create folders to organise your references and use them to create citations and reference lists. You will learn how it can help save time and academic energy.   

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

  • understand the principles of reference management, and the specific benefits of Zotero
  • use Zotero to manage files and references
  • produce documents using Zotero for bibliographies and citations, including with specific Zotero functionalities relevant to your preferences or subject discipline

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 Tuesday 26 May 2020  13.00 - 14.00  Online  Thursday 21 May 2020 10.00
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In addition to the referencing lunchtime workshops listed, Library Services also offers sessions on EndNote to students at all levels.  

LaTex workshops

LaTeX for absolute beginners

LaTeX for absolute beginners

LaTeX is a document preparation system widely used for scientific documents. If you have not used it before there can be a learning curve, but once you are familiar with some basic commands you can create professional-looking documents very easily. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of LaTeX and will get you started with a simple document. (Maths mode will not be covered.)

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

  • know what LaTeX is
  • ability to create a basic LaTeX document in Overleaf 
  • ability to format and modify a basic LaTeX document in Overleaf
  • now where to find further help 

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Computing: Introduction to LaTeX

Computing: Writing Theses in LaTeX

Overleaf – a beginner’s guide

Overleaf – a beginner’s guide 

Overleaf is an online collaborative LaTeX editor that compiles your documents in real-time. Overleaf allows you to write LaTeX documents on the go and collaborate easily (it’s great for group projects). This workshop will get you started with an Overleaf account and offer tips on managing and sharing your projects. Participants should have a working knowledge of LaTeX.

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

  • create an Overleaf account, and get started with your first project 
  • start managing and adding files to your projects
  • share projects and see how to write collaboratively
  • find out how to use Overleaf templates and online guidance

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Reference management for LaTeX users

Reference management for LaTeX users 

Managing your references in a LaTeX document is fairly straightforward and should not involve a lot of manual work. In this session you will learn how to cite and reference sources in your LaTeX document using BibTeX files. You will also learn how to create BibTeX files automatically and interface with reference management software like RefWorks. Participants should have a working knowledge of LaTeX. 

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

  • cite and reference sources in LaTeX documents using BibTeX
  • identify how to use Vancouver, Harvard and IEEE styles  
  • create BibTeX files from databases and other sources 
  • use reference management software to create and organise BibTeX files 
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Medicine workshops

Our campus librarians offer training for students in the the Faculty of Medicine. Subjects covered include EndNote, MEDLINE (Ovid), PubMed and RefWorks.

Medicine training