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The Great Library Brain Boost 2018!: Welcome

The Great Library Brain Boost 2018: Library Workshop Programme

The Great Library Brain Boost 2018 provides a week of workshops for Aston students. The workshops cover a range of topics at a time when they're most needed. Each workshop is delivered by an information specialist and is free to attend. 

The following series of workshops will be held during Week 7 (5th-9th November):

  • Advanced Literature Searching for Undergraduates
  • Cite it! Sort it! Making EndNote work for you!
  • Getting more out of Google
  • How to Read a Journal Article
  • OSCOLA Referencing
  • Strictly Business Data - finding company and industry information

*Please see below for information on the workshop content, the timetable and a link to book your place!*

Workshop information, timetable and booking your place!

All of the following workshops will be held in the library in one of the library workshops on the 2nd floor or in L120 in the LDC (Learning Development Centre) on the 1st floor. 

If you would like to attend one on the workshops please book a place following the link below. 

If you would like to attend a workshop but you are unable to book a place, please contact library@aston.ac.uk and we will do our best to accommodate you.

If you have any questions please contact library@aston.ac.uk

Workshop Description Date/Time/Location Book a place
Strictly Business Data - finding company and industry information This workshop will focus on the business research databases available at Aston University and how you can use them to research for company profiles, market context, competitor insight, future trends analysis, SWOT analysis and industry reports.  This could be useful for assignments or preparation for placements and job interviews.

Monday 05/11/2018

12:00-13:00

LDC (L120)

Presentation slides
Cite it! Sort it! Making EndNote work for you Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try EndNote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world.

Monday 05/11/2018

13:00-14:00

Library Workshop A (L215)

Presentation slides
Getting more out of Google There are tricks to getting more out of your Google search. You probably know the basics, such as searching for exact phrases using quotations marks, but what about the more complex stuff? The session will look at advanced operators, additional tools and why you shouldn't say "I found the answer on Google".

Monday 05/11/2018

17:00-18:00

LDC (L120)

Presentation slides
Getting more out of Google There are tricks to getting more out of your Google search. You probably know the basics, such as searching for exact phrases using quotations marks, but what about the more complex stuff? The session will look at advanced operators, additional tools and why you shouldn't say "I found the answer on Google".

Tuesday 06/11/2018

12:00-13:00

Library Workshop B (L216)

Presentation slides
OSCOLA Referencing This workshop will focus on hints and tips in using the OSCOLA referencing style (law students).   

Tuesday 06/11/2018

13:00-14:00

Library Workshop A (L215)

Presentation slides
Advanced Literature Searching for Undergraduates

Are you having difficulty finding good quality academic sources to use in your assignments? This session, primarily aimed at undergraduates, will help you get the most of SmartSearch and point you in the direction of other useful databases and sources of information. We will cover;

• Decide where to find the best research

• Think about keywords

• Devise a search strategy that works

• Start finding resources you’ll use

• Know where else to go for help

Tuesday 06/11/2018

17:00-18:00

LDC (L120)

Presentation slides
Advanced Literature Searching for Undergraduates

Are you having difficulty finding good quality academic sources to use in your assignments? This session, primarily aimed at undergraduates, will help you get the most of SmartSearch and point you in the direction of other useful databases and sources of information. We will cover;

• Decide where to find the best research

• Think about keywords

• Devise a search strategy that works

• Start finding resources you’ll use

• Know where else to go for help

Wednesday 07/11/2018

12:00-13:00

Library Workshop A (L215)

Presentation slides
How to Read a Journal Article

Do you look at a journal article and don’t know where to start? Reading journal articles can be challenging as they’re written in an unfamiliar style about subjects that you’re just getting to grips with. 

This workshop is designed as an introduction to reading and understanding journal articles, covering effective tips and strategies that can help you find your way in and understand a journal article. 

Wednesday 07/11/2018

13:00-14:00

Library Workshop A (L215)

Presentation slides
       
       
       
       

Contact the Enquiries Team

 

  Monday - Friday
  09:00 - 18:00 term-time
  09:00 - 17:00 vacation

library@aston.ac.uk
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