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Library Research Support Program: Workshops and seminars

Library Research Support

Experienced UWA librarians provide guidance in relation to information and data discovery, systematic review searching, information and data management, copyright, publishing, research profiles and metrics, and engagement with research outputs. 

Click through the tabs to find more information about the various topics we support and watch past workshops via the 'Workshop recordings' page.

Workshops run by Senior Librarians can be provided on an ad-hoc basis to Schools, Centres and research groups. Please contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements


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Comprehensive Literature Searching 

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.

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.

Keeping Your Research Current

Keeping up with new and relevant information, within a body of literature that is growing by millions of articles and books per year, can be overwhelming and leave you feeling anxious about missing something important.

In this session we show you techniques and tips for staying on top of the newly published and emerging research.

Systematic reviews: Developing a robust search strategy 

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.


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: Data storage and sharing

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? 

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.

This 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. Find out how sharing your research data benefits you and others, and how you can do this in an effective manner.




Where to Publish 

It's more important than ever to be strategic about where you publish your research; to maximise reach and potential impact, as well as ensure you are working with quality and legitimate publishers. 
This seminar covers:

  • Identifying and assessing journals for quality, reach and potential impact.
  • Choosing and evaluating book publishers.
  • Open access publishing - what is it and how can I do it in the best way?
  • Read and publish open access agreements available to UWA researchers. 
  • Avoiding and identifying predatory publishers.


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.

Pathways to Open Access Publishing

Discover the variety of ways to make your research open, and the benefits of publishing Open Access. Hear about publishing options to meet funder mandates and increase the reach of your publications and data at low or no cost.

Benchmarking your Research with InCites

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.

Measure Your Research Performance

Applying for grants, tenure or promotion, or just wanting to monitor your research performance? This session is for you. It will cover:

  • Finding the right researcher profiles for you
  • Citation numbers for your individual publications
  • Your H-index 
  • Australian and international library holdings for books
  • Altmetrics for individual publications, such as downloads, social media mentions
  • Media mentions
  • Evidence of quality for journals in which you have published

Capturing research engagement/impact activities

Engagement with stakeholders and beneficiaries of your research is key to achieving impact, and an important aspect of your research impact strategy should be to document your engagement activities in your UWA profile. Your UWA profile will ensure that your engagement and impact pathway is visible to industry, funding bodies and potential collaborators, which can lead to future research opportunities. Hear why it’s important to plan for research impact and to see how to record your research engagement activities in your UWA profile.

Showcase your UWA profile and expertise

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. This seminar will explain how the UWA Profiles work, how to add your publications to the Repository and how to make your Profile as informative as possible.

Optimising your online research profile

Your profile in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository is an essential tool for promoting your research and yourself, within and beyond the University community. Learn how to optimise your profile to potentially attract internal and external collaborators, future students, and highlight your expertise, publications and achievements to the wider community and media.

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 support materials for the EndNote software.

Promoting Your Research

Paper published? Don’t stop there. Sharing and promoting your research is an important way of fostering the exchange of information in your field of research and the wider academic community, and can lead directly to increased citations and new collaboration opportunities. Well-publicised research can also be the key to forming a bridge between you and the general community, resulting in higher engagement levels with your work and the chance to inform and shape public debate. Promoting your research will help you establish a strong reputation and assist you when applying for a promotion or research grant!

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