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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

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

Mon 22 Oct 2018, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 1 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 13 Nov 2018, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Your literature review: getting started

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

Tue 23 Oct 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 29 Oct 2018, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session is ideal if you are preparing to work on a project, dissertation or extended essay where a literature review component is required. The session will give you an understanding of the purpose and importance of the literature review as a piece of work. You will also have the opportunity to build a timeline of further activity in order to enable you to prepare to write your literature review.

Drop everything and...

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

Fri 26 Oct 2018, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 9 Nov 2018, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Are you prone to procrastination? Got an assignment coming up and really need to get started? This session is designed to create a friendly and focused environment that motivates you to study without distractions (alongside other focused students). Just come prepared with work to do, you can bring a laptop or use one of ours.

How is the session structured?

There will be 10 minutes at the beginning to grab a drink and get comfortable. Then we will start the timer, and you will have 30 minutes to give your work your full attention. Every half an hour you will be encouraged to take a 10-minute break during which the Library's Student Team will be on hand to chat, offer general advice or recommend new strategies and techniques to help with your studies.

Critical analysis: a practical approach

Tue 30 Oct 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

The ability to critically analyse text, data and other information is a fundamental skill for your time and university and beyond. This workshop will take you through key steps in critically analysing information and allow you to develop skills that will support your analysis in the future. It will introduce you to some key concepts around learning and memory and support you in contextualising new information. You will have the opportunity to practice using strategies to clarify the process of analysis and articulate your own analysis of information.

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Bloomberg introduction

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

Wed 31 Oct 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 20 Nov 2018, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Provides an introductory guide to the use of Bloomberg. 'Bloomberg Professional' is a company/financial data and news service.

Covers: Bloomberg keyboard, searching, practical session (worksheet), business news, Excel Add-In and Help features.

Duration: 1 hour.

Please email uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions. Please put MLE workshops in the subject line.

Using websites and recognising bias

Thu 8 Nov 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

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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Reading journal articles

Mon 12 Nov 2018, 15:00 - 16:30

Have you ever struggled to get the best out of an online journal article? Feeling overwhelmed with information you are unable to process?

This workshop will introduce you to techniques which will help you to improve the efficiency of your reading style. You will learn about everything from skimming and scanning to using knowledge of text structure to locate relevant information quickly. You will also learn new strategies for critical reading and text analysis, something which will enhance your essay writing skills.

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Critical analysis: a practical approach

Mon 19 Nov 2018, 15:00 - 16:30

The ability to critically analyse text, data and other information is a fundamental skill for your time and university and beyond. This workshop will take you through key steps in critically analysing information and allow you to develop skills that will support your analysis in the future. It will introduce you to some key concepts around learning and memory and support you in contextualising new information. You will have the opportunity to practice using strategies to clarify the process of analysis and articulate your own analysis of information.

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