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Library training and events: All students

This guide includes details of all workshops and events run by your Library team.

Study skills webinars

The Study Advice team run webinars throughout the year to support you with all aspects of your study. From revising for your exams to preparing for your dissertations, these friendly webinars are designed for you to get some tips from the experts and put your studies on track for success.

After attending a webinar, you may also want to book a 1-2-1 session with a Study Adviser to discuss a particular assessment or issue in more depth. Appointments can be booked by completing this simple online form

For those that prefer online resources, we have a suite of video tutorials and study guides covering all aspects of study on our Study Advice pages.

Our webinars and workshops count for the training component of your RED Award

Masters Dissertation Fair 2024

Click on the links below for more details and to book your Dissertation Fair sessions:
Please sign in to your student account before booking
Week Date Topic Details Book
8 Monday 3 June 10:00 - 11:00 Managing your dissertation project The dissertation is a complicated process. This session will help you start to figure out how to structure and prepare your project, from planning your time and organising your tasks to dealing with setbacks and utilising feedback. Book
8 Monday 3 June 11:30 - 12:30 Being more critical in your reading and writing This session will explore how to develop a critical approach to your writing in your dissertation. We will also consider how each stage of the dissertation may require different ways of being critical. Book
8 Monday 3 June 14:00 - 14:50 Accessing information beyond UoR Library In this session we will cover the key sources of information available at the University of Reading Library, and provide some tips and guidance to sourcing information not available through the Library – including interlibrary loan, visiting other libraries, and open access resources.  Book
8

Tuesday 4 June 

10:00 - 11:00

Writing your literature review This session will provide you with some tips and strategies on how to plan, structure and write up your literature review. Book
8

Tuesday 4 June

11:30 - 12:30

Linking your research questions and methodology In this session, we will consider how to plan and write up your methodology, with emphasis on how it addresses your research question. We will explore advantages and limitations of different methodologies, and how they can be used in complementary ways. Book
8

Tuesday 4 June

14:00 - 15:00

Language for dissertations for international students In this session, we will focus on language for the literature review and discussion sections of the dissertation. We will explore suitable vocabulary and grammatical structures for citing sources, synthesising and evaluating previous research, making claims and comparing your results with previous research. This session will use examples from a range of disciplines. Book
8

Wednesday 5 June

10:00 - 11:00

Presenting your results In this session, we will explore options for approaching the results section of the dissertation, including effective use of visuals in combination with text, the role of appendices, and how to manage word count in descriptive parts. Book
8

Wednesday 5 June

11:30 - 12:30

Writing your discussion In this session, we will examine the role and the key features of a discussion section. We will explore how it relates to the results section, and share tips on structuring and writing up, including in cases where a combined ‘Results and Discussion’ chapter is required. Book
8

Wednesday 5 June

12:00 - 14:00

Pop-up dissertation stalls (in person) Come and meet us at the Library Foyer! Staff from the Library, Study Advice, Careers, ISLI and Special Collections will be there to answer your questions, and help you find out about the support available for your dissertation and beyond. In Person

Library Foyer

In Person

8

Wednesday 5 June

14:00 - 14:50

Taking a systematic approach to your literature search Every dissertation will include a literature review, but what if your dissertation is entirely literature-based? You will need to take a systematic approach to your search and analysis of the literature, and might use a number of techniques usually employed for a systematic review. We will run through some of these to help you take a structured approach to your search.   Book
8

Thursday 6 June

10:00 - 11:00

Overcoming writer's block This is a joint session with the Lifetools programme. We will address why writer’s block occurs and offer some strategies to deal with it, ensuring you are more productive. Book
8

Thursday 6 June

11:30 - 12:30

Literature searching tips In this session we'll run through preparing to search for literature. We'll think about identifying where to look. Then we'll then move on to techniques for constructing a comprehensive search, selecting keywords, then applying search operators and truncation. Delivered by your Academic Liaison Librarians.  Book
8

Thursday 6 June

14:00 - 15:00

Artificial Intelligence tools and the dissertation process In this session we will discuss recent developments in artificial intelligence and how (and whether) these new tools can be used in different steps of the research process. We will examine issues of reliability, ethics, and research integrity. Bring your questions along! Book
8

Thursday 6 June

15:30 - 16:20

Talking about your dissertation in applications and interviews Come along to this session to learn how to communicate what you are doing in your dissertation in applications and interviews. We’ll help you consider what aspects of the dissertation process the employer is interested in, and how to explain it in a way that clearly explains why you are suitable for the role. Book
8 Friday 7 June 10:00 - 11:30 Finding literature workshop (in person) This in-person session offers you a space and structured activities to explore different strategies for finding relevant literature to inform your dissertation literature review. We will guide you through different techniques and search tools to help you build an annotated bibliography of materials relevant to your topic with help on hand. In Person

Book

In Person

8 Friday 7 June 14:00 - 14:50 Sources of Statistical data There are many sources of statistical data available, covering a huge range of topics. This session will help you identify relevant sources in your subject area.  Book
9

Monday 10 June

9:30 - 12:30

Dissertation writing retreat (in person) This in-person session offers you a space and place to progress your writing. Bring along what you’re working on, and we will run a structured writer’s retreat with help on hand, should you need it. In Person

Book

In Person

 

Take the pain out of referencing using EndNote or Mendeley

We offer help and training on the EndNote and Mendeley reference management systems to manage and create references. See the boxes below for details of our workshops.

Our reference management workshops count towards your Red Award.

For alternative ways to learn about these useful tools see our Managing references guide:

Reference management workshop times

Select from the following times. Just click on the title to book your place. Most workshops take place in the Library.