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Information Landscape: Data Management

Tutor: Wayne Peters (Library Services)
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

Data is a key research asset, underpinning almost all published research conclusions. In recent years, new technology has enabled us to:

  1. Generate and record far more data than ever before; and
  2. Share, reuse and combine that data in new ways to generate new insights.

Research data is increasingly a first-class research output, and a little bit of planning will enable you to take advantage of this shift.

This course will highlight the key considerations for students and researchers to help them assess when it is appropriate to share your data and how, and how to write a data management plan. 

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Organise, document and safeguard data in a straightforward research project
  • Identify areas where you need additional help managing your data
  • Explain the benefits of sharing research data and reasons it might not be appropriate to do so
  • Assess what data you need to archive for the long term and why
  • Choose where to deposit your data for preservation and, optionally, sharing
  • Write a data management plan for your research project 

Dates

  • Wednesday 14 October 2020, 14:00-16:00, Microsoft Teams - FULLY BOOKED, waiting list places available
  • Friday 05 March 2021, 14:00-16:00, Microsoft Teams

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Information Landscape: EndNote

Tutors: Library Services (Various)
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

This course is an introduction to using EndNote. Managing the sources of information you retrieve throughout your PhD and research period is essential. EndNote is a software package that allows you to manage all the references you need for your papers, reports, essays or theses by enabling you to keep them in your own personal database or library. In addition, you can use it to insert citations into your documents. EndNote is compatible with Windows and Mac.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise how to import references from various sources including: Library search, research database and google scholar.
  • Practice how to search databases within EndNote to import references. 
  • Employ EndNote to manage your library of references effectively and to use folder functions to be able to do this. 
  • Organise your library of references within EndNoteand be able to search within your references.
  • Use EndNote to be able to insert citations, figures and tables, and generate a bibliography in Microsoft Word.

Dates

  • Tuesday 20 October 2020, 14:00-16:30, Microsoft Teams - FULLY BOOKED, waiting list spaces available
  • Thursday 03 December 2020, 14:00-16:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 11 March 2021, 14:00-16:30, Microsoft Teams

Please note that additional Spring & Summer term dates will be available to book in due course. 

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Information Landscape: Information Retrieval

Tutor: Michael Gainsford and Elizabeth Killeen
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity20

This course gives an introduction to Imperial College London Library resources and information services designed specifically for first year research students. Key areas covered include:

  • How to locate and access information resources using the library search and other search tools
  • Specialist databases for different literature types
  • Accessing electronic journals including Open Access journals
  • How to get help and support from library staff
  • How to get materials from outside the Imperial collections

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the best sources of information for research needs
  • Recognise the importance of using quality sources of information. 
  • Employ effective search techniques.
  • Develop an ability to find the best quality information for their research.
  • Assess the quality of information they retrieve during their research.  

Dates

  • Wednesday 21 October 2020, 14:00-15:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 18 February 2021, 13:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams

Please note that Summer term course dates will be available to book in due course.

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Information Landscape: Introducing the Web of Science Database

Tutor: Ann Brew (Library Services)
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity20

The Web of Science Core Collection database (part of the Web of Science platform) covers all areas of science including medicine, plus social sciences and humanities. It allows citation searching (locating references based on how documents have been cited) as well as traditional subject searching. Web of Science Core Collection is an important search tool and information from this database is used to generate journal Impact Factors. This hour-long hands-on workshop will introduce you to some of the key features of Web of Science. 

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify which features are useful for your research.
  • Recognise the reason why citation searching is useful.
  • Employ effective result filtering techniques.
  • Develop an ability to searching the Web of Science Core Collection database, introduction to search techniques.
  • Assess the quality of journals and be able to take into account Journal Impact Factors. 

Dates

  • Wednesday 18 November 2020, 15:00-16:00, Microsoft Teams

Please note that Summer term course dates will be available to book in due course.

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Information Landscape: Keeping Your Research Up to Date

Tutors: Nicole Urquhart and Rebecca Jones (co-tutored) 
Course Level:
Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

Do you need to keep up with developments in your research area? Are you aware of the tools that are available for staying informed in your field?

This session is designed to provide you with an introduction to a variety of resources for locating information and keeping up-to-date in your research area. This hands-on session will show you various relevant and useful tools for keeping abreast of developments in your research area. In the pre-course part of the session, you will be given video tutorials to learn how to use the tools and exercises to complete. In the live session, you will have a chance to discuss the use of these tools and ask questions.

 On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify key tools to help you keep up to date with developments.
  • Recognise the value of these tools as research tools.
  • Employ the use of RSS feeds, E-mail alerts, mailing lists and other tools in your research.
  • Use these tools to keep up to date in your research field.
  • Develop and broaden your knowledge in your research area through being able to use these services and tools.

Dates

  • Thursday 17 December 2020, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 19 January 2021, 10:00-11:30, Microsoft Teams

Please note that Summer term course dates will be available to book in due course.

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Information Landscape: Research Data Management Plans

Tutor: Wayne Peters (Library Services)
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

Research data is a key research asset and planning how to manage data outputs is increasingly becoming a requirement of applying for grants and funding. Having a data management plan will help you manage costs and responsibilities, keep your data safe and secure during the project and prepare your data for archiving and (where appropriate) sharing at the end of the project.

This webinar will introduce you to the online data management planning tool DMPonline and cover some of the more practical elements of creating a data management plan. The webinar is designed to accompany the Information Landscape: Research Data Management workshop. Prior attendance of that workshop is not mandatory but is recommended.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of an effective data management plan and key responsibilities
  • Recognise the importance of creating a detailed data management plan prior to research commencing
  • Employ: the strategies learned during the webinar to develop a personal data management plan
  • Develop a data management plan to support own research using DMPOnline

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