Library Workshops

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

If you know which session you'd like to attend you can check Library Workshops to see if it's scheduled. If a session is currently unavailable, or you missed one, you can Request a Workshop.

What's on offer?

We offer a great range of scheduled workshops in the Library; these are listed below. We also provide a selection of online activities that focus on how to research and find information. These are found in the ILR (Information Literacy Resource) and can be done at any time.

Library 101

Library 101

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

MS Office Essentials

Microsoft Word

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

Microsoft Excel Essentials

  • 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)

Microsoft Excel Advanced

  • 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

Microsoft Powerpoint Essentials

  • 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

Finding Information

Library Resources (Part A)

  • 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

Library Resources (Part B)

  • 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


APA Referencing Essentials

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

APA Referencing: Specialised

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


Getting Started with EndNote

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


NVivo for Data Analysis: Part A

This is an introductory workshop to NVivo and is 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.

NVivo for Data Analysis: Part B

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.

NVivo for Literature Review

This workshop is oriented towards helping you learn excellent ways of managing large amounts of literature in a more organised manner. You will learn how to:

  • Use Endnote with NVivo
  • Prioritise your reading with query features
  • Make annotations and memos
  • Quickly get an overview of core ideas in your readings
  • Analyse metadata

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

Research Support

Copyright and your Research

Learn how copyright affects all aspects of your research, from seeking permission to use others’ work, to knowing your rights when publishing.

  • Understand copyright in the academic environment
  • Third-party copyright: how to get the permissions you need
  • Use Creative Commons to share your research and control how it is used by others
  • Contracts and Intellectual Property: what you need to consider

Getting Started with your Literature Review

This workshop will kickstart your research process, providing 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

Introduction to Research Data Management

This workshop will teach you 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.

Measuring and Maximising your Research Impact

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

Publishing your Research

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 White and Black lists 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

Raising your Profile

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, 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

The Responsible Researcher

This workshop will help to prepare you to carry 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

Word for Theses and Long Documents

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

Course Specific

Check the Course Specific category on the Library Workshops calendar to see if there are any course specific sessions coming up.