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Drop everything and...

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

Fri 23 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 12 Mar 2018, 15:00 - 17:00StudentsStaffFullFind 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 reading: getting the most out of your reading

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

Tue 27 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 14 Mar 2018, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind 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.

Searching systematically

Wed 28 Feb 2018, 10:00 - 12:00

Do you struggle replicating a search in a different database? This session will show participants how to replicate a search in four database platforms. This session will raise awareness of some of the search tools useful in replicating searches. Additional support for replicating searches can be found on the Systematic Review Libguide, and the My Learning Essentials - Getting Results: Guides to Searching Databases guide.

This session will run for 90 minutes and there will be 30 minutes at the end for further questions.

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Critical analysis: generating questions using primary sources

Mon 5 Mar 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

Primary sources are the building blocks of knowledge; they are the raw data from which scholars draw and develop ideas. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with artefacts from the University of Manchester's world-leading Special Collections. It will equip you with strategies for critically evaluating and analysing a range of primary sources including rare books, letters, photographs and maps whether for your own research or for understanding wider society.

You will be encouraged to think critically about primary sources to determine their accuracy and limitations and to consider how they can enhance and extend your own learning. The skills covered are transferable and can be applied to any learning situation involving evaluation, analysis and interpretation of data therefore, this workshop will be of interest to those developing their own research project or more widely, those interested in how information is analysed, evaluated and interpreted.

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Reading journal articles

Fri 16 Mar 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

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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