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Library drop-in sessions

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 25 Jul 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 1 Aug 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 8 Aug 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Do you need help completing a literature review, understanding EndNote software or searching databases? Come along to our Library drop in and ask. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 7 Aug 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

In this workshop, you will go over key skills for effective critical reading. You will learn and practise techniques to help you identify key points and main ideas and gain an understanding about what is required to read critically. There will also be opportunities to discuss strategies for making connections between different articles, journals or other materials in order to aid understanding. Feel free to bring your own reading assignments to use during the session.

Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation

Tomorrow, 12:30 - 14:00

This workshop will outline a strategy to help you structure an effective presentation whether it be for presenting your research, yourself (e.g. for a job interview), or your ideas. It will focus on how to frame a topic and communicate your ideas clearly, emphasizing the value of practising to improve your confidence. You will also have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice, working in groups to structure a presentation based on a fun topic which you will then present in a friendly and informal setting.

In addition to this workshop you can attend the complimentary 'Presentation skills: delivering with confidence' workshop which will concentrate on coping with nerves and developing your confidence when carrying out presentations.

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Beginners' reference management with EndNote online

Tomorrow, 15:00 - 16:30

EndNote online is the web-based version of the EndNote reference management software. Freely available on the Internet, you can register as a University of Manchester user via the Web of Knowledge database to get access to the full functionality of this resource which you can use to keep track of your reading, share your references with others and create citations and bibliographies in the appropriate format and style. This workshop will introduce you to the software and help you to start using this valuable referencing tool.

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Beginners' reference management with EndNote

Tue 24 Jul 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

This hands-on session will introduce you to the EndNote reference management software, a tool to help with managing your references and creating citations and bibliographies in different formats. The workshop will help to get you started using EndNote to manage references, annotate the PDFs of articles attached to your reference data and to generate bibliographies in over 5000 different styles.

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Using websites and recognising bias

Tue 24 Jul 2018, 12:00 - 13:30

In this workshop you will learn about the importance of critically evaluating information which is available via websites and other online sources. You will work with others to discuss how websites are produced for different purposes and present different information. You will create evaluation criteria to apply to websites in order to judge whether theyre appropriate to use in your work.

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Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

Wed 25 Jul 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to plan, structure and write an effective essay. During the workshop you will discover different techniques you can use to structure each of the key sections within an essay. You will participate in a number of activities that will help you to develop your academic writing skills and write more efficiently and effectively.

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Presentation skills: delivering with confidence

Thu 26 Jul 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

This session will focus on the delivery of presentations. Students will be encouraged to develop their delivery skills and to actively plan their presentation to enable them to cope better with nerves and deliver in a more confident manner. Several delivery tips and techniques will be discussed which students will have the opportunity to put into practice by planning and delivering a short, informal presentation.

Students will benefit from attending 'Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation' in addition to this workshop. This additional workshop compliments to content of Presentation skills: delivering your presentation with confidence by outlining a strategy to assist you with achieving a good structure when presenting and how to frame a topic effectively in order to communicate it clearly.

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Do I have dyslexia?

Fri 27 Jul 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

This workshop will focus on students who think they might have dyslexia. We will introduce you to the strategies and support might be available at the University of Manchester and go over the process we follow to test for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. As part of the workshop, we will introduce you to text-to-speech and other assistive software and go over mind-mapping as a way to help with writing assignments. Please arrive at the session five minutes early to allow time to log onto the laptops.

Please don't book onto this workshop If you have English as an Additional Language and are studying on a course with the University Language Centre to improve your English skills before starting on another programme of study. Instead, please call the Disability Advisory and Support Service on 0161 275 7512 and book a Quick Query appointment with an advisor.

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Proofreading: the final stage before submission

Thu 2 Aug 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you find yourself losing marks for referencing, spelling or grammar? This session will highlight how proofreading a written piece of work to a high standard will improve your marks and increase your academic success. You will work with others to define the term proofreading and understand its place in the process of academic writing. Finally, you will get the chance to put what you have learnt into practice, working together as a group to effectively proofread a sample piece of work.

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Academic writing: referencing in your writing

Tue 14 Aug 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

This workshop will focus on effectively referencing sources in your writing. We will look at different ways to incorporate sources including: quotation, summarising and citation. We will also discuss what is appropriate for each method and how to smoothly integrate references into your own writing while simultaneously giving clarity to your own opinion and voice.

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Beginners' reference management with Mendeley

Wed 15 Aug 2018, 14:00 - 15:30

This session will introduce participants with no previous experience of using Mendeley to the advantages of using reference management software and to the key functionality of the software.

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