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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 Library Faculty 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.

Upcoming sessions:

STEM: Wednesday 22 August, 2pm. Register here.

HASS: Tuesday 4 September, 12pm. Register here.

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Google Scholar for Researchers

Everyone Googles...but do you really know how to get the best out of Google Scholar for your research? 

Upcoming session:

Friday 14 September, 1pm. Register here.

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Systematic Reviews: Advanced Searching in Medline and Embase

Researchers conducting systematic reviews in the health and medical sciences require an in-depth understanding of the Medline and Embase databases. This hands-on workshop will ensure you have a strong grasp on the functionality of these databases and how to use them to structure an accurate, comprehensive and unbiased search. Topics covered include:

  • The differences between Medline and Embase;
  • Structuring a keyword search using field codes and advanced operators;
  • Using the subject heading thesaurus features in Medline and Embase;
  • Saving and exporting your searches and results, and setting up search alerts;
  • Using pre-constructed, validated, search filters.

Upcoming session:

Monday 17 September, 11am. Register here.

Systematic Reviews: Advanced Searching in Medline and Embase

Researchers conducting systematic reviews in the health and medical sciences require an in-depth understanding of the Medline and Embase databases. This hands-on workshop will ensure you have a strong grasp on the functionality of these databases and how to use them to structure an accurate, comprehensive and unbiased search. Topics covered include:

  • The differences between Medline and Embase;
  • Structuring a keyword search using field codes and advanced operators;
  • Using the subject heading thesaurus features in Medline and Embase;
  • Saving and exporting your searches and results, and setting up search alerts;
  • Using pre-constructed, validated, search filters.

Upcoming Session:

Monday 17 September, 11am. Register here.

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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.

Upcoming Sessions:

STEM: Thursday 30 August, 11am. Register here.

HASS: Thursday 22 November, 10am. Register here.

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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.

Upcoming Session:

Thursday 11 October, 12pm - this session is available in person and via Zoom video conferencing. Register here.

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.

Upcoming Session:

Tuesday 6 November, 11am. Reigster here.

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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.

Upcoming Session:

Wednesday 3 October, 10am. Register here.

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.

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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.

Upcoming Session:

Friday 9 November, 10am. Register here.

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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.

Upcoming Session:

Friday 2 November, 10am. Register here.

Open Access for Researchers

Open Access (OA) benefits researchers through the increased collaboration, sharing and potential for engagement and impact that can come about due to the improved access to their research. Find out what OA is all about and how you can make your research openly available, where possible.

Upcoming Session:

Thursday 20 September, 11am. Register here.

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Where to Publish (STEM and HASS variations)

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.

Upcoming Sessions:

Where to Publish for HASS researchers - Tuesday 9 October, 12pm. Register here.

Where to Publish for STEM researchers - Tuesday 2 October, 2pm. Register here.

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.

Upcoming Session:

Thursday 15 November, 2pm. Register here.

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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.

Upcoming Session:

Tuesday 23 October, 11am. Register here.

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Measuring your Research Performance (STEM and HASS variations)

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.

Upcoming Sessions:

STEM: Monday 22 October, 11am. Register here. This session will also be accessible via Zoom video-conferencing.

HASS: Wednesday 15 August, 1pm. Register here.

 

Optimise your Online Research Profile

So many researcher profiles!

This workshop will help you to set up and/or maintain the profiles that are recommended at UWA, and explains how they will benefit you:

  • UWA Profiles & Research Repository
  • ORCID
  • Scopus ID
  • Google Scholar
  • Researcher ID

Upcoming Session:

Wednesday 17 October, 11am. Register here. This session will also be available via Zoom video conferencing. 
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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.

Upcoming Session:

Friday 19 October, 1pm. Register here.

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Library Research Support Calendar