Workshops

Library Ask & Learn student workshops 2020/21

This webpage provides information regarding Library Ask & Learn student workshops, you can find out information about workshops for staff at our Library Ask & Learn workshops for staff page.

No student workshops are currently scheduled. Please contact us if you are interested in attending one of our workshops and we'll let you know when our latest calendar of events is available. You can find contact details at our appointments, drop-ins and enquiries webpage.

Webinars are tailored to suit all students and all levels of study: Getting Started (introductory), Moving On (intermediate) and More Advanced.

Dates, times and a description of each webinar are available below.

You don't need to book – just click the relevant link provided below for the webinar you wish to attend.

If you would like any further information about library workshops please contact your librarian.

Getting Started
Getting started with RefWorks

You will create your RefWorks account and learn how to import and edit references from Discover and a database, we will then use those references to create a reference list.

What to read and how to find it

Suitable for new undergraduate students.

  • Learn how to find your resource list (reading list)
  • Using Discover to search for a specific book or journal article
  • How to go beyond your assigned reading
Cracking keywords

This webinar is suitable for anyone who needs to develop a search strategy. It provides an introduction to generating keywords and using Boolean operators to combine search terms. Includes learning activities.

Finding and using databases for health and life sciences

Databases allow us to find content from multiple journals. This demonstration webinar will show you how to identify and make the best use of databases within the field of health and life sciences. The session will provide an introduction to some of different platforms available at GCU and highlight available features and functionality.

 
Moving On
Search using subject headings in health and life science databases

Subject heading searches help to focus a search and make it more specific. This demonstration webinar will help you to understand what subject headings are (including MeSH), what they do and how to use them effectively.

Effective searching for engineering students

This session will help you to develop the skills you need to search for high quality academic literature. Suitable for students of all engineering disciplines, particularly those working on an Honours Project or MSc dissertation.

Effective searching for computing and games students

This session will help you to develop the skills you need to search for high quality academic literature. Suitable for students of all computing and computer games disciplines, particularly those working on an honours level or MSc dissertation.

Effective searching for construction, surveying and built environment students

This session will help you to develop the skills you need to search for high quality academic literature. Suitable for students of all construction, surveying and built environment related subjects, particularly those working on an honours level or MSc dissertation.

Planning a literature search

A successful literature search starts with a plan. This webinar covers the basic principles:

• Turn your question into keywords
• Understand the scope and limits of your search
• Plan a search using phrase searching, truncation and Boolean operators
• Consider the benefits of different information sources and where you might find them

Note: this class does not cover health specific searching (MESH, PRISMA) or health databases (CINAHL, MEDLINE)

Doing a literature search

A live demonstration of how to search methodically for journal articles. This follows on from the planning a literature search webinar.

• How to take your literature search plan and use it to search databases for journal articles
• See worked examples of efficient searching using phrase searching, truncation and Boolean operators
• Learn how to filter and evaluate your results

Note: this class does not cover health specific searching (MESH, PRISMA) or health databases (CINAHL, MEDLINE)

 
More Advanced
Advanced RefWorks

Including how to import pdfs and attach to records, how to use RefWorks with word, working with different styles of referencing.