The Masters Dissertation Fair comprises of a week of online webinars and face-to-face workshops, offering advice on all elements of dissertation planning and writing, from choosing a research methodology to writing a literature review. These friendly sessions are designed for you to get some tips from the experts and put your dissertation on track for success.
For any online sessions you book you will receive a link by email on the morning of the workshop. If you haven’t received your invite link an hour before it is due to start, please email email@example.com.
|Week||Date||Topic||Detail||Link to Book|
Mon 6 June 11:00-12:00
|Managing your dissertation project||The dissertation is a big and complicated process. This session will help you start to figure out how to manage it all, from planning your time to organising your tasks and resources||Book|
|8||Mon 6 June 14:00-15:00||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||Mon 6 June 15:00-16:00||Overcoming writer’s block||This is a joint session with the Life Tools programme. We will address why writer’s block occurs and offer some strategies to deal with it, ensuring you are more productive||Book|
|8||Tues 7 June 11:00-12:00||Matching methodologies to research questions||In the session we assess advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies. Also, we will explore how to develop and apply a comprehensive research methodology to a specific research project.||Book|
|8||Tues 7 June 13:00-15:00||Library: Referencing and reference management drop-In (Library G19/20)||This in person drop-in is an opportunity to come and discuss specific questions about referencing or using reference management tools (EndNote/Mendeley). We can also help you get started with using these tools for your dissertation. You do not need to book a place just drop in during the afternoon to meet with an Academic Liaison Librarian.||
Live session - No booking required
|8||Wed 8 June 11:00-12:00||Being more critical in your reading and writing||This session is designed to give you tips and strategies for developing a critical approach to reading and structuring your writing.||Book|
|8||Wed 8 June 13:00-16:00||Dissertation writing retreat||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.||
|8||Wed 8 June 14:00-15:00||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||Thurs 9 June 11:00-12:00||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||Thurs 9 June 13:00-15:00||Finding information for your subject drop-in (Library Foyer)||Join this in person session with your questions on finding information relevant to your subject and literature searching tips and help. You do not need to book a place just drop in during the afternoon to meet with an Academic Liaison Librarian.||
Live session - No booking required
|8||Fri 10 June 11:00-12:00||Writing your discussion||This session will explore the key features of a discussion section and provide you with some tips for structuring and writing up your work.||Book|
|8||Fri 10 June 14:00-15:00||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|
Managing your dissertation project
Accessing information beyond UoR Library
Overcoming writers block
Matching methodologies to research questions
Referencing and reference management
Being more critical in your reading and writing
Literature searching tips
Writing your literature review
Writing your discussion
Taking a systematic approach to your literature search
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 guides and workshops you can use to learn how to make the most of these tools.
Our Mendeley workshops have finished for this term. Dates for next term will be advertised a few weeks before it starts.
Mendeley is suitable for use by all types of student and researchers, although EndNote can be a more powerful tool for systematic literature reviews and if you need to edit referencing styles to submit to specific journals.
In the meanwhile please use the resources below to learn how to use it.
Our Desktop EndNote workshops have finished for this term. Dates for next term will be advertised a few weeks before it starts. In the meanwhile please use the resources below.
Desktop EndNote is available via any PC on campus via the Apps Anywhere service, and can installed free on your own computer by requesting the software via the DTS Self-Service portal (see Obtaining and buying EndNote for more information). It offers much more sophisticated functionality and storage capacity than EndNote online, so it is more suitable for researchers.
If you need help before then you can:
EndNote online is suitable for undergraduate and masters students. It is free to use, can be accessed anywhere and has all the functionality you need. We are no longer offering EndNote online workshops but you can teach yourself using the following guides or make an appointment for 1-1 help with your Academic Liaison Librarian: