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January training dates for your diary

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas and New Year festivities! It's a good time to reflect on
achievements of the year past and set intentions for the year ahead. If one of your intentions is to improve your research methods, adopt a new approach or increase your productivity come and talk to us for advice!

You can book onto any of our January sessions using the links below -

Tools and services to support your research
When: 11th January 2019, 09:30-10:30
Where: Attenborough Second Floor TR 205
Book via PROSE

Planning your literature search
When: 14th January 2019, 10:00-11:00
Where: Seminar Room 0.02, Leicester Learning Institute, 105 Princess Road East
Book via PROSE

Conducting your literature search
When: 18th January 2019, 10:00-11:00
Where: David Wilson Library - IT Room 2 (Ground floor)
Book via PROSE

EndNote reference management software
When: 22nd January 2019, 10:00 - 12:00
Book via this link

Managing your research data
How to organise, store and share your research findings
When: 28th January 2019, 10:00-11:00
Book via this link

An online version of this session is now available to take at your convenience!
This 30 minute session will introduce you to the key principles of managing your
research data.

Advanced literature searching
When: 29th January 2019, 10:00-12:00
Book via this link

You can also email your questions through to us on!

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