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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.

Self-paced workshop.

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

Library 101 self-paced workshop

Learn how to:
  • Identify the different types of resources available
  • Use Library Search to find quality academic resources
  • Understand call numbers and how to locate a book in the library
  • Use Waikato Reading Lists to access resources

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Other options available: Step 1: Finding Academic Resource self-paced workshop

Learn how to:
  • Identify the best search location for different resource types
  • Identify main keywords from an assignment question
  • Choose appropriate synonyms for given keywords
  • Use the best keywords and synonyms in a search
  • Locate further keywords from search results

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Other options available: Step 2: Growing your search skills self-paced workshop

Self-paced workshop.

This short self-paced workshop builds on Step 1 and Step 2 and includes extra tips and ideas to get the best results out of Library Search.

Learn how to:
  • Conduct searches using titles and keywords
  • Use filters to narrow search results
  • Apply truncation and phrase searching techniques
  • Locate and use ebooks
  • Save and organise search results
  • Find articles outside of Library Search
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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

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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!

This workshop is for students completely new to referencing. If you know the basics of referencing but want to know more about the technical aspects of formatting using APA, please attend the APA: Beyond the Basics workshop. If you are unsure, try our APA skills assessment tool to find out which workshop is best for you.

Learn how to:
  • Understand why referencing is important
  • Understand what must be referenced
  • Identify the format of in-text citations and reference list entries
  • Apply the required formatting for a reference list

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Other options available: APA: Getting Started self-paced workshop

This workshop assumes you have a basic understanding of referencing. If you are completely new to referencing, start with the APA: Getting Started workshop. If you are unsure, try our APA skills assessment tool to find out which workshop is best for you.

Learn how to:
  • Format citations for books, ebooks, journal articles, webpages and chapters in edited books using APA
  • Correctly format in-text citations and reference lists
  • Identify the type of source from a citation
  • Identify first names and surnames of authors and format correctly
  • Format citations for sources with three or more authors
  • Identify common problems for webpage citations

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Other options available: APA: Beyond the Basics self-paced workshop

If you have completed the two APA workshops above and require help with more specific referencing queries, please book a consultation with a librarian or email [email protected] Postgraduate students can also book a consultation with their Academic Liaison Librarian Find yours here

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: Determining Impact Express 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

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Other options available: Library Research Workshops

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