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Library Research Support Program: Workshops and seminars

Library Research Support Program

The University Library offers a regular program of workshops aimed at higher degree research students and early career researchers. 

The program is delivered by experienced librarians and provides guidance in relation to information and data discovery and management, copyright, publishing, and engagement with research outputs. 

Click through the tabs to find more information about the 18 sessions in our program this semester. Registration is required for all these sessions, please register via the links provided or by clicking on the appropriate session in the calendar below.

Please note that some sessions do have a particular subject area focus, indicated by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) and HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) labels.

For more information, contact your Faculty Librarian Teams.

Comprehensive Literature Searching (STEM and HASS variations)

Ensure that your literature searching is effective, efficient and thorough. Learn how to:

  • Develop a search strategy
  • Identify relevant, scholarly information sources
  • Use tools and techniques to track the literature related to your research.

These sessions are run with broad subject area focus, choose the session that suits your research area. 


Google Scholar for Researchers

Everyone Googles... but do you really know how to get the best out of Google Scholar for your research? This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the best tips and tricks to use Google to find scholarly material.


Systematic reviews: Developing a robust search strategy (STEM and HASS variations)

A systematic review requires a rigorous and systematic search of the literature. In this introductory seminar we will overview a comprehensive approach to systematic searching, key sources and tools available to you. This workshop is intended for researchers in STEM disciplines planning on undertaking a systematic review.


Systematic Reviews: Grey Literature Searching

Searching the grey literature is an essential step in undertaking a systematic review - but what is grey literature, why is it so important and how do you find it? This 30 minute seminar will provide you with some key tools and tips for grey literature searching.

Copyright and Author Rights

It's important for researchers to understand their rights before entering into publishing agreements. This session, run by UWA's Copyright Librarian, will explore the rights that researchers have as authors, and will highlight some of the common publisher agreement terms to be aware of.


Copyright and your Thesis

This session will provide an overview of the lifecycle of copyright in a thesis to ensure you understand your copyright obligations and can confidently use copyright material in your thesis.

Research Data Management - Planning

Effective data management is one step in ensuring the responsible conduct of research. Completing a Research Data Management Plan will ensure you meet compliance requirements at UWA, for your funding bodies, and publishers. It also improves research efficiency, security, quality and access. This short 30 minute seminar will provide you with an overview of the key considerations you should make for your data before you begin a new project, demonstrate UWA's Data Management Planning document and point you to the people and information that can help you ensure your data is reliably managed.



Research Data Management: Storing your Research Data

Are you storing your research data securely? Is it backed up regularly? Do you know what the minimum retention period is for the ongoing storage of your research data after your project is finished? This short  30 minute seminar will provide details of data storage options recommended by UWA, the key considerations you need to take into account in regards to the storage of your data and where you can go for more information.



Research Data Management: Sharing your Research Data

Want to expand the scale and impact of your research? Interested in increasing collaboration, ensuring the the integrity of research methodology and reducing duplication of efforts? Keen to ensure your research can be relevant into the future? Or maybe your publisher just says that you have to make your research data available. Come along to this 30 minute seminar and find out how sharing your research data benefits you and others, and how you can do this in an effective manner.

Where to Publish 

Deciding where and how to publish is an important step in the research process. Ensure that your research reaches the appropriate audience and maximise its discoverability and potential impact. Aim for top journals in your field and have confidence that your research outputs will count in UWA's internal measure of research performance, the Socratic Index.

This hands-on workshop introduces tools and tips for identifying relevant, quality journals and evaluating book publishers. We will also touch on meeting Open Access mandates from grant bodies, avoiding predatory publishers and publishing a thesis. Topics covered:

  • Identifying and assessing journals
  • Choosing a book publisher
  • Open access publishing
  • The UWA Profiles and Research Repository
  • Predatory publishers
  • Publishing your thesis as a book or a series of papers.


Springer Nature Author Symposium 

Looking to get published? In cooperation with the UWA Library, Springer Nature is hosting an Author Symposium on Book and Journal Publishing. 

Find out about the role of publishing in today’s academic environment, how to decide what publications are right for your research, and what new developments such as open access and ebooks mean for academics and researchers.

Editors Lucy Bartonek (Springer) and Anton van Rensburg (Adis) will present on the following topics:

  • Book publishing
  • Journal publishing
  • Open access publishing
  • Best practice on writing abstracts and titles
  • Selecting the right journal
  • Avoiding predatory publishers
  • What reviewers and editors look for in articles and manuscripts
  • Australian scholarly publishing in the global context

Lucie Bartonek is Springer’s Melbourne-based Editor for Business , Economics, Politics and Law. Lucie is manages commissioning publications throughout Asia-Pacific. Lucie is directly responsible for books, book series and major reference works with a focus on authors and editors in Australia and New Zealand. Lucie joined Springer in 2019 and has worked in Scholarly and Professional publishing for over five years with 500+ publications under her hat across varied and diverse subjects to ultimately enhance, improve and shape better learning. Lucie’s passion is in the procurement of cutting-edge research from Australian academics to ultimately share and publish for global reach.

Anton van Rensburg is the Associate Editor for the Adis journal Clinical Pharmacokinetics. Based in Springer Nature’s Sydney office, Anton studied Medical Entomology in South Africa and then left research to work in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined Adis in 2006 working in the Adis Drug Evaluation Programme, and was appointed Editor of Adis’ first Open Access journal, Drugs in R&D in 2010 before taking up his current role in 2015.

Note: This workshop will be delivered in person, but will also allow participation via Zoom videoconferencing. Please indicate your preferred attendance mode on the registration form and the Zoom link will be emailed prior to the session for those who choose to attend via this method. Zoom attendees will not require a microphone or webcam but may need headphones.

Benchmarking your Research

Find out how to benchmark your research against others using the Incites database, which draws data from the Web of Science to provide you with more contextual metrics.

Find your Best Performing Papers

Applying for a grant, award or promotion and need to identify your best performing papers? Let us show you how to do this using the Incites database, which uses data from Web of Science to analyse your performance in relation to other publications in your subject area.

Measuring your Research Performance

This session will be useful for researchers who are applying for grants, tenure or promotion; or generally, wish to monitor their research performance. It will cover finding:

  • Evidence of quality for journals in which you have published;
  • Citation numbers for individual publications;
  • Benchmarking of articles in publications that are indexed by Web of Science;
  • Your H-index - a measure of the productivity and citation impact of your published body of work;
  • Australian and international library holdings for books or book chapters;
  • Altmetrics for individual publications, such as downloads, social media mentions;
  • Media mentions.

Sharing your Research with the World: The UWA Research Repository

Profiles in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository are now the sole, authorised public profiles for UWA staff. They enable access to comprehensive and up to date information about UWA academic research, teaching activities, professional expertise, and outputs. Find out about the features of the Repository and ensure your profile is working for you.


Collaborate with EndNote

This seminar will introduce participants to the use of EndNote for collaboration, using EndNote Online. It is suitable for Higher Degree by Research students sharing references with their supervisor, for small groups working together or for large research groups. 

Note: A basic working knowledge of EndNote desktop is assumed. UWA staff and students can download EndNote and register for free introductory classes from the EndNote Survival Guide.



Introduction to EndNote

Please see our EndNote Survival Guide for more information about basic introduction information and classes for the EndNote software.

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Library Research Support Calendar