Savvy Researcher Series

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After another successful year of workshops and training sessions, the Savvy Researcher Series will make its 2015 debut on Thursday 5 March and run for the rest of the semester. If you are starting out your research, the Savvy Researcher Series is not to be missed. Covering various topics from reference managers to writing literature reviews, to name but a few, the Savvy Researcher Series is the first step on the road postgraduate success. See dates and topics below:

5 March 2015: Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates

12 March 2015: An introduction to Refworks

19 March 2015: An introduction to Endnote

26 March 2015: What Google Scholar can do for you

9 April 2015: An introduction to Mendeley

23 April 2015: Where does insight come from (Fostering serendipity in research)

30 April 2015: What is a literature review?

7 May 2015: Funding for your Postgraduate studies 

14 May 2015: An introduction to Geographical Information Systems 

20 May 2015: Open Access and Open Scholarship

21 May 2015: Making sense of Digital Humanities 

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# Date Workshop Title Presenter
1 05-Mar-15 Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates

This workshop will help you with academic writing in all disciplines.

Sarah Middleton (UCT Writing Centre)
2 12-Mar-15 An introduction to Refworks

Learn to use RefWorks, an online reference tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate bibliographies in the citation styles of your choice.   This workshop will help you set up a RefWorks account, get information into RefWorks, create, organise and share folders, create a bibliography and use Write-n-Cite.

UCT has a site license for RefWorks, and all UCT staff and students may register to use it.

Jen Eidelman
3 19-Mar-15 An introduction to EndNote

EndNote is a bibliographic management tool for publishing and managing of citations and references. Endnote desktop is a proprietary software tool and is compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems. EndNote Basic is entirely web-based and can be accessed from any computer with internet access, and can be synchronized with EndNote desktop. The advantage of Endnote is that you can work without an internet connection. If you work extensively with Web of Science databases, EndNote is the best tool, as it was developed by the same company – Thomson Reuters.  It also works very well with PubMed.  At present Endnote is not compatible with Linux.

Dianne Steel & Tamzyn Suliaman
4 26-Mar- 15 What Google Scholar can do for you

The Internet is here to help! There are a number of online tools to help with your discovery of library resources. This session is meant to help you learn to Google Scholar for library resources to your greatest advantage.

Solvej Vorster
5 09-April- 15 An introduction to Mendeley

Mendeley is a reference management software. This introductory session will provide a basic overview of the features available on Mendeley and equip users to get started.

The session will cover setting up and managing your Mendeley database, sharing references and creating and reference lists (Cite-O-Matic).

Tamzyn Suliaman
6 23-April-15 Where does Insight Come From? (Fostering serendipity in research)

Research is sometimes presented as a linear, step-by-step, rather mechanical process. It is presented in this way because it is easy to teach in this way, and easy to explain or draft into a proposal to funders.

Good research, ground breaking research, on the other hand, seldom actually follows such a path.

Instead, it stems from moments of insight, from serendipitous encounters, unique to the individual who takes note of them.

This session is on how to conjure those moments and encounters.

Alex D’ Angelo
7 30-April-15 What is a Literature Review?

Writing a review of the relevant literature is a key component of many kinds of research texts. In this interactive workshop, we will demonstrate a number of strategies that model a viable approach to the complex literature review (LR) task. This session will provide an overview of the literature review and its place in a research project, thesis or dissertation, and demonstrate some strategies and resources for finding the information you need using UCT Libraries. Although the LR can be a daunting task, especially in heavily-researched areas, there is a silver lining; students typically emerge from the process as experts in their chosen fields of specialization.

Alex D’ Angelo
8 07-May-15 Funding for your Postgraduate studies

This workshop will alert you to what funding is available for postgraduate students; inform you on how to apply and complete application form(s) and highlight deadlines and closing dates for 2016 funding.

Chantel Reed & Erica Van Wyk-Mias (Postgraduate Funding Office)
9 14-May-15 An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This workshop provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and resources for those new to GIS.

Thomas Slingsby and Nicholas Lindenberg (GIS Lab)
10 20-May-15 Open Access and Open Scholarship

Do you find very interesting articles on the web, but when you want to access the full text, you realise that the article is stuck behind a paywall. Having no free access to the articles, means that your own research can be impeded. It also implies that research can’t be found and re-used.Open access is free, immediate and unrestricted online access to scholarly research.Find out how open access can assist you in your research journey.

Jill Claasen (Access &  Visibility Services)
11 21-May-15 Making sense of Digital Humanities

A decade ago, the term “Digital Humanities” or “DH” was unheard of but now it is found everywhere: in the literature; on websites; blogs; conference presentations and in job descriptions.   Digital Humanities appears in the latest top ten trends in academic libraries, alongside Research Data Management and Open Access.

The purpose of this webinar is to start a conversation about Digital Humanities.   During the session, we will look at definitions of Digital Humanities, its history, DH projects, tools used, and how some libraries are getting involved.

Ingrid Thomson

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