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Library Workshops

The Library runs workshops for students and staff throughout the year. These workshops focus on study and research skills and how to best utilise the resources available through the Library.

To register to attend a workshop, visit the Library Workshops calendar to find out what, when and where workshops will be held. Or if you want to discover more before you attend a session, this page lists the workshops we offer, details the topics covered and highlights any extra resources and support options available.

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Finding Information

There's an abudance of information out there, but good information isn't always obvious. Discover reliable search methods, how to request resources and make the most out of our online and physical resources.

Available during 'O' Week and week one in A and B Trimester.

Learn how to:
  • Navigate the Library homepage
  • Find quality academic material for assignments
  • Place requests
  • Check your account
  • Access Waikato Reading lists

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  • Use Library Search to find print books, ebooks and journal articles
  • Understand call numbers, Library locations and My Account
  • Improve searches and refine results
  • Identify the different types of resources

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Other options available: Finding Library Resources Part A.mp4 (download) Library Resources Part A (panopto)

  • Find academic material using library resources and Google Scholar
  • Locate difficult to find material
  • Use ebooks effectively
  • Develop keyword and subject searches
  • Find additional keywords for searching
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Software

Having the right tool for the job can significantly increase the chances of success. Discover how the following software can grow your research, referencing and formatting skills.

Suitable for those new to referencing software. You will be guided through the basics of EndNote, step-by-step.

  • Create an EndNote Library
  • Add references to your library manually
  • Import records from Library Search, databases and Google Scholar
  • Use groups, search, and notes to organise references
  • Add and annotate PDFs
  • Use EndNote with a Microsoft Word document

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Other options available: Library Research Workshops

  • Unravel the mysteries of worksheets and workbooks
  • Manipulate data in cells and Auto-fill
  • Use basic formulas such as SUM and COUNTIF
  • Absolute and relative referencing
  • Chart wizard (Column Chart and Pie Chart)

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  • Format as Table and Sort/Filter data - download data for Test Result
  • Data Analysis Toolpack
  • IF function and advanced Excel formulas such as VLOOKUP - download data for Grade
  • Pivot Table and Pivot Chart

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  • Create a simple slideshow featuring objects such as clip art, charts and cartoons
  • Use basic animation
  • Format background with pre-set themes or your own images

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  • Get familiar with Microsoft Word
  • Practice all the basic skills needed for your first assignment
  • Create, save and print

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Work smarter not harder. Essential for dissertation, masters and first year doctoral students.

  • Format margins, page numbers, fonts etc according to the UoW presentation guidelines
  • Use heading styles to ensure consistency, automate Table of Contents and streamline document navigation
  • Create automatic lists of figures and tables
  • Create captions for tables and figures

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Options available: Library Research Workshops

An introduction to NVivo, ideal for those who are new to the software. You will learn about:

  • Fundamentals of setting up a project
  • Preparing and importing data various types of data (interview transcripts, field notes, Endnote libraries, pdf documents, MS Word documents, social media etc.)
  • Coding/Creating nodes
  • Introductions to queries and visualizations

NVivo workshops will be taught using NVivo 12 Pro for Windows.

Not currently offered.

This workshop is designed for those who are already familiar with the software. You will learn about:

  • Using attributes and classification features
  • Using visualization tools (Word Trees, Word Clouds and Cluster analysis) to tell a story about your data
  • Using coding queries to explore your data and report interesting findings from your analysis
  • Using NVivo with social media such as Facebook and twitter

NVivo workshops will be taught using NVivo 12 Pro for Windows.

Not currently offered.

Learn excellent ways of managing large amounts of literature in a more organised manner, including:

  • Using Endnote with NVivo
  • Prioritising your reading with query features
  • Making annotations and memos
  • Quickly getting an overview of core ideas in your readings
  • Analysing metadata

NVivo workshops will be taught using NVivo 12 Pro for Windows.

Not currently offered.

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Referencing

Life has its challenges, but referencing shouldn't be one of them. Gain confidence and understanding of the referencing styles required for your university assignments and reach new heights!

  • APA for books, edited books, journals, websites
  • Understand reference lists
  • Understand in-text citations (paraphrasing and direct quoting)

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Other options available: APA Referencing Essentials.mp4 (download) APA Referencing Essentials (panopto)

This workshop is available on request only and assumes a basic understanding of APA referencing.

  • APA for ebooks, ejournals, blogs, wikis, PowerPoint presentations, emails, social media, etc
  • Critically evaluate websites and online publications

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Suitable for those new to referencing software. You will be guided through the basics of EndNote, step-by-step.

  • Create an EndNote Library
  • Add references to your library manually
  • Import records from Library Search, databases and Google Scholar
  • Use groups, search, and notes to organise references
  • Add and annotate PDFs
  • Use EndNote with a Microsoft Word document

Register

Other options available: Library Research Workshops

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Research Support

Become familiar with critical components of the Research lifecycle.

Kickstart your research process with expert advice on library databases and search strategies, as well as guidance on finding examples of theses and keeping current with the literature.

  • Learn how to use Library Search to find material for your literature review
  • Discover other databases the Library subscribes to which are relevant to your topic
  • Set up alerts so that the latest research is delivered to your inbox
  • Use Research Commons to find examples of other theses
  • Access the collections of other libraries using Interloans

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Other options available: Getting Started with your Literature Review Express Library Research Workshops

Cover the basics of Research Data Management. Learn the best ways to manage and protect your data, including backing up, storing, naming conventions, file types and citation.

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Other options available: Library Research Workshops

Discover how to assess the impact your research is having. You will learn ways to disseminate your research effectively and maximise your chances of getting cited.

  • Bibliometrics and Altmetrics: what they are and how they can be used
  • How to maximise your citations and boost your impact

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Other options available: 10 Ways to Boost the Impact of your Research Express Library Research Workshops

Work smarter not harder. Essential for dissertation, masters and first year doctoral students.

  • Format margins, page numbers, fonts etc according to the UoW presentation guidelines
  • Use heading styles to ensure consistency, automate Table of Contents and streamline document navigation
  • Create automatic lists of figures and tables
  • Create captions for tables and figures

Register

Other options available: Library Research Workshops

Learn how to decide which journals to publish in, maximise your chances of article acceptance and find out which publishing pitfalls to avoid!

  • Use Cabells scholarly analytics to find reputable and highly-cited journals
  • Learn how to identify and avoid predatory publishers
  • Vanity publishing: what it is and how to avoid it
  • Understand the pros and cons of Open Access publishing
  • Learn how to find Open Access journals and how to publish in them

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Other options available: Publishing your Research Express Library Research Workshops

Understand the various ways in which you can manage your identity as a researcher online, as well as methods to boost your visibility and ensure you get credit for your work.

  • How to use academic and social networks such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, Google Scholar to connect with other researchers and enhance your online profile
  • Use personal identifiers such as ORCID ID, Scopus ID and Researcher ID to ensure your work is being credited to you
  • Use these tools to ensure your work is as discoverable as possible and is reaching its intended audience

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Other options available: Publishing your Research Express Library Research Workshops

Gain knowledge of how to prepare for carrying out your research in a responsible and ethical way.

  • Understand the principles of referencing
  • Referencing styles: tips, tricks and common mistakes
  • Enhance your knowledge of the central tenets of academic integrity and how this works in practice
  • Self-plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it

Not currently offered.

Other options available: Library Research Workshops

If the workshop you require is unavailable you can Request a Workshop.