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Help with finding, managing and using information from the Wolfson Library Team.

Here to help

This LibGuide has been put together by the Wolfson College Library team to help you get the most from information resources. Browse the tabs to find tips and tools relevant to your stage of study or research. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us; we are here to support you throughout your degree. Email info-skills@wolfson.cam.ac.uk or drop into the library.

Training Resources

This is where we'll upload slides and handouts from all information skills training sessions.

Virtual Tour

Training courses

Training workshops for Lent Term are listed below. Click on the title to book a place. If you have a specific question or problem then a 121 session may be more useful so please send an email to info-skills@wolfson.cam.ac.uk if you have any queries about finding, managing, storing or promoting research. Alternatively drop in to the helpdesk in the Library Foyer from 3-5pm on Thursdays in term-time.

Thursday 25 January, 6-7pm

Starting your dissertation or project in the Sciences
Workshop run by Laura Jeffrey, Wolfson College Lee Library, Information Skills Librarian
Old Combination Room

This session is aimed at students who have been used to working off a reading list and now need to search for resources themselves. It will include search techniques, highlight relevant search tools, go beyond books and journal articles, discuss visiting other libraries, and think about managing the information that you find.

Thursday 1 February, 6-7pm

Starting your dissertation or project in the Arts or Social Sciences
Workshop run by Laura Jeffrey

Gatsby Room
This session is aimed at students who have been used to working off a reading list and now need to search for resources themselves. It will include search techniques, highlight relevant search tools, go beyond books and journal articles, discuss visiting other libraries, and think about managing the information that you find.

Thursday 8 February, 6-7pm

Critical Reading and Evaluating sources for your dissertation/project
Workshop run by Laura Jeffrey

Gatsby Room
When searching for books and articles it can be difficult to know which are most relevant or of the highest quality. This hands-on session will introduce to you to tips for effective and critical reading, strategies for evaluating content and consider why cognitive bias matters.

Thursday 15 February, 6-7pm

Digging for Buried Treasure: finding and using archival resources
Workshop run by Laura Jeffrey and Frieda Midgley, Wolfson College archivist
Gatsby Room

This is an overview for those new to using historic collections in their studies and research. It will highlight search tools, online collections and resources, as well how to use physical archives and what you need to know when visiting them.

Thursday 22 February, 6-7pm

Writing up your project: copyright, plagiarism and referencing
Workshop run by Laura Jeffrey
Old Combination Room

This session will highlight important elements that you need to consider when writing up. They centre around the need to give credit to others and will focus on how to avoid plagiarism, including the use of reference management software, the basics of copyright for material that you might want to include in your dissertation or project, and pointers to freely available research (Open Access) and images. Please note that the guidance in this session does not constitute legal advice.

Thursday 1 March, 6-7pm

Developing your online footprint
Workshop run by Laura Jeffrey
Gatsby Room

This session is aimed at researchers who are looking to develop a presence for their research on the web. It will explore using social media as to promote your work, but also as a research tool, help you build a strong web profile and consider ways of maximising the impact and visibility of your research by making it Open Access.

Graduate Training

Graduates

There are a number of opportunities available to graduates through other libraries. Please follow the links for more information and to book places.

HASS subjects: 

https://training.cam.ac.uk/theme/infoskills 

STEM subjects: 

https://training.cam.ac.uk/cul/theme/STEM-Research

Researcher Development in general:

 https://www.rdp.cam.ac.uk 

The Wolfson Library Team

Drop-in sessions for quick queries

We encourage you to find us in the library if there is anything quick that you’d like help with.

One-to-one sessions for in-depth issues

If you have questions relating to any stage of your study or research, book a more in-depth one-to-one session with Laura Jeffrey, Information Skills Librarian: info-skills@wolfson.cam.ac.uk

How can we help?

Getting started

  • Find books and articles on your reading list
  • Develop strategies for searching catalogues and databases more widely
  • Search the Academic web using Google scholar and more
  • Look for news resources, conference papers and theses
  • Demonstrate referencing software
  • Comply with copyright and avoid plagiarism

Advanced skills

  • Keep up to date with new research
  • Data and information management planning
  • Develop strategies to manage your time
  • Critical reading, thinking and evaluation
  • Thesis-writing sessions
  • Prepare presentations and posters
  • Open access publishing
  • Develop an online presence and social media
  • Assess the impact of your scholarly publications