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With the September thesis submission date looming, many students are preparing their thesis for hand-in. If you are one of them, have a look at the how-to-videos below to help you insert a table of contents  as well as to add page numbers to your thesis document.

 

Covering various topics that feed into the research cycle, from academic writing to literature reviews, and bibliometrics, the Savvy workshops are essential in supporting research at all levels. The second semester of the Savvy Researcher Workshop Series will be starting on Thursday 21 July and take place every Thursday for the rest of the semester. For more information on individual sessions and booking procedures, see the programme below:

21 July 2016: Academic writing for postgraduate students; book your seat

28 July 2016: Systematic Reviews; book your seat

04 August 2016: Where does insight come from (fostering serendipity in research); book your seat

11 August 2016: An introduction to RefWorks; book your seat 

18 August 2016: What is a literature Review; book your seat

25 August 2016: An introduction to Mendeley; book your seat

08 September 2016: An introduction to EndNote for Windows; book your seat

15 September 2016: An introduction to EndNote for Mac; book your seat

22 September 2016: What google Scholar can do for you; book your seat

29 September 2016: Funding your postgraduate studies; book your seat

06 October 2016: Techniques for doing smart literature searching; book your seat

13 October 2016: Bibliometrics; book your seat

deskAcademic style is less that which makes a piece of writing unique than it is that which makes a piece of writing conform. Style, in the academic sense, is a set of recognizable professional conventions that create a framework within which writers stake their claims to original thought.

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HSL reserach lecturesOn Tuesday 12 April 2016, the Health Sciences Library will be hosting a talk on Scholarly Publishing as part of their Research Lecture Series. This session is intended for emerging and established researchers. It will focus on finding the best journals in which to publish, copyright issues, archiving your thesis in the repository, and open access.  (more…)

Starting the PhD Journey

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UCT Libraries was well represented at this year’s PhD journey workshop with the Postgraduate Research Commons team in attendance. Hosted annually by the UCT’s Postgraduate Office, the workshop aims to introduce first year PhD students to various resources available at UCT, as well as to provide a platform for students to build supportive relationships with peers. Departments that were represented at the this year’s workshop include the Doctoral Degrees Board (DDB), ICTS, the International Academic Programs Office (IAPO), UCT Libraries and the Research Commons, the Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office (PGFO), the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), SRC Postgraduate representative, the Research Contracts and Intellectual Properties Services (RCIPS) and the UCT Writing Centre.

 

HSL reserach lecturesOn 6 April 2016, the Health Sciences Library’s Research Lecture Series will be hosting an introductory workshop to Mendeley. Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.

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Savvy Researcher 2016

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Covering various topics that feed into the research cycle, from academic writing to literature reviews, and bibliometrics, the Savvy workshops are essential in supporting research at all levels. The Savvy Researcher Workshop Series will be starting on Thursday 03 March and take place every Thursday for the rest of the semester. For more information on individual sessions and booking procedures, see the programme below:

 

03 March 2016: Academic writing for postgraduate students; book your seat

10 March 2016: An introduction to Refworks; book your seat

17 March 2016: An introduction to Endnote (Windows); book your seat

07 April 2016: An introduction to Endnote (Mac); book your seat

14 April 2016: Smart teaching techniques; book your seat

21 April 2016: What Google Scholar can do for you; book your seat

28 April 2016: What is a Literature Review?; book your seat

5 May 2016: Systematic Review; book your seat

12 May 2016: Funding your Postgraduate studies; book your seat

19 May 2016: Social Media and Academia; book your seat

26 May 2016: Open Access and Open Scholarship; book your seat

book-defaultWith the conclusion of IFLA ARL Satellite meeting in August, UCT Libraries has been hard at work preparing the publication of the conference proceedings. We are excited to announce the publication of these proceedings as an Open Monograph Book, which is a first for UCT libraries.

This monograph is the culmination of months of contemplation as to whether UCT Libraries was ready to launch its Open Monograph Publishing service using the new principle of diamond open access publishing.

The Monograph is avaialble on UCT Libraries’ Open Scholarship page

UCT Writing Centre

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With the semester having come to a close on Friday 27 November, the Writing Centre’s consultations within the Research Commons has also come to an end. Although they are officially closed, the Writing Center will continue running on skeleton staff, with a reduced roster, to provide support for Postgraduate students until Tuesday 15 December. Appointments can be scheduled via their online booking system.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Writing Centre for providing an invaluable service throughout the year. We look forward to continuing this successful partnership between the Research Commons and the Writing Centre in 2016.

2015-11-24_Hewitson_700Climate change scientist Professor Bruce Hewitson is UCT’s newest A-rated researcher following the latest round of National Research Foundation ratings.

A-ratings are awarded to researchers who are “unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs”.

Further good news is that Drs Robyn Pickering and Katye Altieri have been awarded P-ratings, also known as the NRF President’s Award. These are awarded to young researchers (under 35) who, on the basis of their research outputs in their early postdoctoral careers, are likely to become future leaders in their field.

Pickering is an isotope geochemist and lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences. Altieri is a senior research officer in energy, environment and climate change in the Energy Research Centre.

Story by Helen Swingler. Photo supplied.