Workshops

Library Ask & Learn Workshops 2019/20

The Ask & Learn space is on Level 1 of the Sir Alex Ferguson Library.

No need to book – just turn up on the day. 

Bring your own device or borrow a laptop for the session.

Workshops are tailored to suit all students and all levels of study: Getting Started (introductory), Moving On (intermediate) and More Advanced. Details of each workshop can be found below. Alternatively you can view our Library Workshop Calendar 19/20 Trimester A.

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

Getting Started
What to read and how to find It (30 mins)
  • Hands-on workshop to find your resource list (reading list)
  • How to search for a specific book or journal article
  • Learn how to go beyond your reading list

Dates and times of workshop:

  • 1 October 2019, 12pm
  • 3 October 2019, 3pm
  • 8 October 2019, 12pm
  • 10 October 2019, 3pm
  • 15 October 2019, 12pm
  • 17 October 2019, 3pm
Identifying sources for academic assignments (30 mins)
  • Introductory, hands-on workshop to help you identify and select the best kinds of sources for your assignment.
  • Find the right articles, books, blogs, podcasts, reports, statistics and wikis to support your assignment with evidence.
  • Most useful for students studying at UG levels 1 and 2.

Dates and times of workshop:

  • 10 October 2019, 2pm
  • 15 October 2019, 2pm
  • 24 October 2019, 2pm
  • 29 October 2019, 2pm
  • 7 November 2019, 2pm
  • 12 November 2019, 2pm
  • 21 November 2019, 2pm
  • 26 November 2019, 2pm
  • 5 December 2019, 2pm
Start using RefWorks (30 mins)
  • Hands-on workshop to set up your new RefWorks account
  • Learn how to import and manage references
  • Create instant reference lists in your chosen style including GCU Harvard

Workshop dates and times:

  • 2 October 2019, 1pm
  • 4 October 2019, 1pm
  • 7 October 2019, 1pm
  • 9 October 2019, 1pm
  • 11 October 2019, 1pm
  • 14 October 2019, 1pm
  • 16 October 2019, 1pm
  • 18 October 2019, 1pm
  • 21 October 2019, 1pm
  • 23 October 2019, 1pm
  • 25 October 2019, 1pm
  • 28 October 2019, 1pm
  • 30 October 2019, 1pm
  • 1 November 2019, 1pm
  • 4 November 2019, 1pm
  • 6 November 2019, 1pm
  • 8 November 2019, 1pm
  • 11 November 2019, 1pm
  • 13 November 2019, 1pm
  • 15 November 2019, 1pm
  • 18 November 2019, 1pm
  • 22 November 2019, 1pm
  • 25 November 2019, 1pm
  • 27 November 2019, 1pm
  • 29 November 2019, 1pm
  • 2 December 2019, 1pm
  • 4 December 2019, 1pm
  • 6 December 2019, 1pm
Cracking keywords (30 mins)
  • Hands-on workshop suitable for anyone who needs to develop a search strategy.
  • How to generate keywords for your searches
  • Develop your keywords and combine them using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT searching)

Workshop dates and times:

  • 3 October 2019, 1pm
  • 10 October 2019, 1pm
  • 17 October 2019, 1pm
  • 24 October 2019, 1pm
  • 31 October 2019, 1pm
  • 7 November 2019, 1pm
  • 14 November 2019, 1pm
Introduction to copyright (30 mins)
  • Find out about copyright and how to stay legal when using materials within an assignment.
  • Discover how to find image sources which support learning and teaching.

Workshop dates and times:

  • 31 October 2019, 4pm
  • 21 November 2019, 4pm
  • 5 December 2019, 4pm
How to research a UK company: for coursework or job interviews (30 mins)
  • What kind of information is out there?
  • Company strategy: reading between the lines
  • Finding financial data
  • Looking at the context: business sector and country reports

Workshop dates and times:

  • 21 October 2019, 12pm
  • 4 November 2019, 12pm
  • 18 November 2019, 12pm
  • 2 December 2019, 12pm
Products and brands: find key market research fast (30 mins)
  • You will be able to easily locate key market research reports
  • Watch a worked example exploring various types of market research sources
  • Confidently use this information to enhance your coursework

Workshop dates and times:

  • 14 October 2019, 12pm
  • 28 October 2019, 12pm
  • 11 November 2019, 12pm
  • 25 November 2019, 12pm
 
Moving On
Literature searching (45 mins)
  • Hands-on workshop is suitable for students wanting to learn a methodical approach to literature searching.
  • Learn how to break down your question into keywords
  • Discover the most suitable places to search for the information you need
  • Search efficiently using phrase searching, truncation and Boolean operators
  • Practice filtering and evaluation your results

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

Workshop dates and times:

  • 22 October 2019, 12pm
  • 23 October 2019, 4pm
  • 29 October 2019, 12pm
  • 30 October 2019, 4pm
  • 5 November 2019, 12pm
  • 6 November 2019, 4pm
  • 12 November 2019, 12pm
  • 13 November 2019, 4pm
  • 19 November 2019, 12pm
  • 26 November 2019, 12pm
  • 27 November 2019, 4pm
  • 3 December 2019, 12pm
  • 4 December 2019, 4pm
Finding and using databases for health and life sciences (45 mins)

Databases allow us to find content from multiple journals. This demonstration class will show you how to identify and make the best use of databases in the health and life sciences. (Laptops are not required but you are welcome to follow on your own device)

Workshop dates and times:

  • 23 October 2019, 12pm
  • 6 November 2019, 12pm
  • 27 November 2019, 12pm
Search using subject headings in health and life science databases (45mins)

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

Workshop dates and times:

  • 30 October 2019, 12pm
  • 13 November 2019, 12pm
  • 4 December 2019, 12pm
Effective searching for engineering students (45 mins)

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. Please note this session starts at 5 minutes past the hour.

Workshop dates and times:

  • 22 October 2019, 11.05am
  • 8 November 2019, 11.05am
Effective searching for computing and games students (45 mins)

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. Please note this session starts at 5 minutes past the hour.

Workshop dates and times:

  • 22 October 2019, 1.05pm
  • 13 November 2019, 2.05pm
Effective searching for construction, surveying and built environment students (45 mins)

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. Please note this session starts at 5 minutes past the hour.

Workshop dates and times:

  • 28 October 2019, 6.05pm
  • Friday 8 November 2019, 2.05pm
  • 12 November 2019, 1.05pm
 
More Advanced
Finding systematic reviews (30 mins)

This session is for anyone who needs to check whether a systematic review has been published or is in progress on a particular topic. It includes information on where and how to conduct an effective search for systematic reviews.

Workshop dates and times:

  • 24 October 2019, 4pm
  • 14 November 2019, 4pm
Advanced RefWorks (30 mins)

Explore RefWorks more fully - work with your saved references within Microsoft Word, edit and annotate PDFs, and create custom styles.

Workshop dates and times:

  • 15 November 2019, 3pm
  • 22 November 2019, 3pm
  • 29 November 2019, 3pm
  • 6 December 2019, 3pm