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Remaining research skills training this term!

The sun is shining, exams are starting, marking is overflowing, but there is still time to improve your research skills by attending one of the upcoming sessions this term.

All sessions are bookable on PROSE unless stated otherwise.

David Wilson Library - University of Leicester



Wednesday 22nd May, 10:00-11:30, ATT 212
Choosing where to publish. 
This session will help you:

  • Gain an overview of the publishing landscape for researchers
  • Learn about the tools available for evaluating journals and publishers
  • Practice selecting journals and developing a publishing strategy.
  • Book via PROSE

Thursday 23rd May, 10:00-12:00
Finding Grey Literature
This session will help you:
  • Use Google search advanced commands effectively
  • Find PhD theses, conference papers, reports, and government publications as they relate to your research area.
  • Revise your literature search plan to include grey sources.
  • Book via Researcher Development website

Friday 24th May, 10:00-11:00, ATT 001
What does Open Access look like in Science, Engineering and Life Sciences?
This session will help you:
  • Understand the requirement to make your completed thesis open access via Leicester Research Archive
  • Discuss the different ways to publish in science and engineering
  • Learn why researchers make research data and other research outputs openly available
  • Discuss how open access affects scholarly resources and research outputs
  • Book via PROSE
How to navigate research impact, 10:30-10:50, WEBINAR
This session will help you answer the following questions:
  • Why is research impact becoming more important?
  • How is research impact achieved?
  • How is research impact measured?
  • What action should I take to accelerate my impact?
  • Book via the GoToWebinar website

Tuesday 28th May, 10:00-11:00, WEBINAR
Copyright (recommended for those in the post-probation stage of PhD)
This session will help you:
  • Recognise which copyright regulations apply to PhD theses
  • Learn the related necessary steps to take before submitting your thesis
  • Test your knowledge of copyright via interactive activities
  • Book via PROSE

Thursday 30th May, 10:00-12:00
Advanced EndNote
This session will help you:
  • Practice editing an output style
  • Setup an EndNote Online account and link it to your desktop library
  • Setup EndNote Preferences and use their related features
  • Discuss issues relevant to your use of EndNote
  • Book via the Researcher Development Website.

Monday 3rd June, 09:30-10:30, Ken Edwards Computer Lab 323
Researcher Drop-In Clinic: SciVal
SciVal is a research analytics tool to inform funding bids, future collaboration and more. This session will help you:
  • Review and update your Scopus profile, including your h-index
  • Learn the importance of ORCiD for your researcher profile
  • Explore the metrics in SciVal that relate to authors, outputs and institutions
  • Book via SciVal Events at Leicester
Communicating research with comics, 10:00-12:00, CW409
This session will help you:
  • Assess and discuss relevant examples of cartoons, comic strips and graphic novels
  • Identify appropriate uses for comic strips in an academic setting
  • Create a short comic strip about your research
  • Evaluate how you could use comic strips or cartoon to communicate your research
  • Book via PROSE

Wednesday 5th June, 14:00-16:00, WEBINAR
Finding images for research
This session will help you:
  • Recognise practical issues around searching for images
  • Compare different search engines, databases and archives
  • Practise searching for images
  • Gain awareness of tools for storing images
  • Discuss copyright issues around re-use of images in publications.

We look forward to welcoming you and hearing about your research!

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