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Adding up: describing data and choosing a statistical test

This resource will explore the methods and descriptives you can use to describe your data. It will also show you how to select appropriate statistical tests and find them in SPSS.

  • Duration: 15 mins
  • Format: Online tutorial

Adding up: introducing SPSS

This resource explores some of the key features and interfaces of SPSS, which you can use to generate reports, charts, descriptive statistics and analysis.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Adding up: introduction to statistics

This resource will give you a basic introduction to statistical terminology, charts and data types. It will also give you advice on how to organise your data to make it easier to analyse and present.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Being critical: thinking, reading and writing critically

Better safe than sorry: proofreading your work

This resource explores three vital elements to review when proofreading your work - flow, clarity and accuracy - and gives you a chance to learn about and apply some techniques to ensure that you check your work properly.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Citing it right: introducing referencing

This resource explores the principles behind referencing, highlighting why it is good academic practice. It outlines when and how you need to reference, and how to read a reference when following up a source listed on a reading list or bibliography.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Critical appraisal for medical and health sciences

This resource explores the process of critically appraising articles to make it easier to quickly decide which of the thousands of research papers are published every month you should spend your time reading.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Dissertations: choosing your topic

This resource focuses on choosing a topic for your dissertation.

It will take you through the key elements of the early stages of your dissertation such as writing your research question and the objectives for achieving it.

  • Duration: 20 mins
  • Format: Online tutorial

Dissertations: planning

This resource will highlight some of the key stages in planning to write your dissertation. It will also highlight some useful tools to help you along the way.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Down to business: finding business information

This set of resources introduces a number of powerful research tools you can use to get a range of business information. It includes practical demonstrations of the Fame (company information), Passport (market research) and Factiva (trade and industry news) databases.

  • Duration: 15 minutes (each)
  • Format: Video

EndNote online: a beginner's guide

This resource explores some of the key features of EndNote online, which you can use to help you to manage your references and insert citations directly into your work. It includes video demonstrations that show you how to collect, organise and format your references.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Finding a job: CV structure and presentation

This resource explores the elements of a well presented and coherently structured CV, and illustrates how you can create a professional looking CV that will be easier for recruiters to read and make a positive first impression.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Finding a job: researching the organisation

This resource highlights some of the key things you need to know about a role and an organisation before applying for a job, and provides some tips on where you can look to gather the evidence you need to make your application stand out.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Finding a job: tailoring your CV

This resource examines how you can use the information you have about a role to highlight relevant skills, experience and attributes in your CV, making it easier for recruiters to see how you fit the role you are applying for.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Finding a job: Writing an effective CV

Your CV is the first impression that a potential employer will get of you. These resources will take you through the process of researching the role to writing your CV; it will help you to produce a well-structured, tailored CV, that will highlight your relevant skills and experience.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Finding the good stuff: evaluating your sources

This resource explores the process of evaluating the sources you find to ensure they are relevant and quality assured, equipping you with the skills you need to identify high-quality information to use in your academic work.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Get a grip: understanding your task

This resource takes you through the process of analysing your assignment task to ensure that you're clear about what you're being asked to do, giving you some useful techniques to ensure that your work remains focused on directly addressing the question at hand.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Getting results: guides to searching databases

This set of resources will demonstrate the process of performing a search on a number of database platforms. They each cover performing a search, refining your results and saving, emailing and exporting your results. Some of these resources are only available to University of Manchester students and staff.

  • Duration: 15 minutes each
  • Format: Video

Introducing Special Collections

This resource introduces the different types of materials found in the Library's Special Collections, explaining what they are and how this valuable source of primary material spanning five millennia and covering a broad spectrum of subjects can be used to support your studies.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

Know your sources: types of information

This resource highlights the strengths and weaknesses of different information types, enabling you to make informed decisions about the types of source you use for different purposes in your academic work.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Knowing where to look: your search toolkit

This resource explores Google, Google Scholar, subject databases and Library Search, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses to enable you to make an informed choice when selecting where to search for information.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

Making referencing easy: introducing EndNote online

This resource highlights the benefits of using the web-based version of EndNote to manage your references, showing how you can save all of your references and making it easy to correctly format your citations and bibliographies in whichever style you need to use.

  • Duration: 10 Minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

Mindset: Change your approach to learning

This resource will introduce you to two different approaches to learning. It will demonstrate how reframing your approach to challenges can have a positive impact on your life and make you a more successful learner.

  • Duration: 15 min
  • Format: Online tutorial

Never a wasted word: writing your essay

This resource explores the purpose and process of writing an essay, highlighting how you can ensure that your themes run throughout your work, and that every section of your essay supports your argument to help your reader to understand your ideas.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Note making: capturing what counts

Now or never? Overcoming procrastination

These two online resources will help you to understand the roots of your own personal procrastination behaviour, and explore a range of strategies that you can try out to help you to overcome it and start getting things done!

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

Now or never? Strategies for dealing with procrastination

This resource examines some of the practical strategies that you can use to help you to overcome your procrastination.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Now or never? Understanding the procrastination cycle

This resource will help you to explore your own procrastination behaviour, and recognise how it is often rooted in certain negative thoughts and emotions.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Original thinking allowed: avoiding plagiarism

This resource explores some of the issues surrounding academic integrity, providing you with techniques to help you to avoid plagiarism when referring to the work of others and to add your own voice into your work.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Planning ahead: making your search work

This resource explores the process of planning a search, highlighting some techniques you can use to refine your search to help you to get a manageable number of high-quality, relevant results to use in your work.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Present like a pro: planning your way to success

This resource takes you through the process of planning your presentation, giving you some useful techniques to ensure that your presentation remains focused on the requirements of your task and directly addresses the topic you're covering.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Present like a pro: the art of delivery

In this resource we will explore what makes a good presenter and how can you use this to become a more confident when presenting. These techniques will enable you to deliver your presentations in a way that will make your audience sit up and take notice!

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Present like a pro: visual victory

This resource outlines different visual tools you can utilise to create visual aids for your presentation. It explores the types of visual aids you can use and what to display on screen. It will give you some inspiration you can use to design your own slides.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Revision strategies: managing your revision successfully

This resource will help you to develop strategies you can use to manage your revision effectively by creating a revision plan.

  • Duration: 20
  • Format: Online tutorial

Search operators: Refine AND combine OR NOT?

This resource will introduce you to the use of search operators in subject databases. You will gain a greater understanding of how each operator refines and manipulates your search; enabling you to retrieve more accurate and relevant results.

  • Duration: 20 mins
  • Format: Online tutorial

Shopping for information: introducing subject databases

This resource explores some of the key features of subject databases, demonstrating that while they can initially appear daunting and complicated, they can be as easy to use as any online shopping site.

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Start to finish: present like a pro

These resources will take you through how to plan, design and deliver presentations. They will help you to produce a well-structured, coherent presentation that fulfills your brief, is visually appealing and is engaging for your audience.

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  • Format: Interactive guide

Start to finish: Referencing

This set of resources will show you how to reference different types of sources in your assignments. It will help you to cite, paraphrase and manage your references using tools such as EndNote, Endnote online and Mendeley.

  • Duration:
  • Format: Interactive guide

Start to finish: revision

Start to finish: statistics

Do you need to analyse a set of data and produce some statistics? You do not need to be an expert to produce a statistical report. These resources will give you a basic introduction to statistics and introduce you to producing reports in SPSS.

  • Duration:
  • Format: Interactive guide

Study strategies for success

This resource explores different study preferences, offering a variety of strategies you can use to get the most out of your lectures, notes and revision according to how you work best to maximise your strengths and help you to become a more successful student.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

The big picture: achieving your academic goals

This resource will encourage you to consider your long-term academic goals by putting your studies into the broader context of your continued personal development.

It will help you to identify and prioritise the steps you need to take in order to achieve these goals.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

The student guide to social media

This resource explores some social media tools, providing advice on how you can use them in your studies to find information, work with others, keep up to date, network and develop your online presence.

Developed in collaboration with Skills@Library, University of Leeds and the University of York Library.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

What's the big idea: developing and organising your argument

This resource outlines a five-step technique you can use to help you to identify what your main arguments are, and to organise your ideas into a coherent structure.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Workshops

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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

Today, 10:00 - 11:30

In this workshop, you will go over key skills for effective critical reading. You will learn and practise techniques to help you identify key points and main ideas and gain an understanding about what is required to read critically. There will also be opportunities to discuss strategies for making connections between different articles, journals or other materials in order to aid understanding. Feel free to bring your own reading assignments to use during the session.

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Library drop-in sessions

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Do you need help completing a literature review, understanding EndNote software or searching databases? Come along to our Library drop in and ask. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Group work: play to your strengths

Today, 15:00 - 17:00

Are you a creative thinker, an organiser, a leader or a diplomat? Come along to this workshop if you want to find out where you fit and what you can bring to a piece of group work. You will learn to understand not only your own strengths but the strengths of others in your group in order maximise the success of your project.

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Presentation skills: delivering with confidence

Tomorrow, 10:00 - 11:30

This session will focus on the delivery of presentations. Students will be encouraged to develop their delivery skills and to actively plan their presentation to enable them to cope better with nerves and deliver in a more confident manner. Several delivery tips and techniques will be discussed which students will have the opportunity to put into practice by planning and delivering a short, informal presentation.

Students will benefit from attending 'Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation' in addition to this workshop. This additional workshop compliments to content of Presentation skills: delivering your presentation with confidence by outlining a strategy to assist you with achieving a good structure when presenting and how to frame a topic effectively in order to communicate it clearly.

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Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Sometimes it is easy to find yourself falling into patterns of thinking which are unhelpful and lead to actions that are not in your best interests or the interests of others. Taking a step back from these thoughts is hard, but if you do you will notice the impact they can have on your life. These thoughts are often responsible for feelings of anxiety, low mood and other negative emotions. If you suffer from any of these feelings then come along to this workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, and learn about methods you can use to challenge these thoughts and emotions. At this workshop you will be encouraged to identify your negative thinking habits and to consider alternative and more helpful responses to them.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to plan, structure and write an effective essay. During the workshop you will discover different techniques you can use to structure each of the key sections within an essay. You will participate in a number of activities that will help you to develop your academic writing skills and write more efficiently and effectively.

Reading journal articles

Fri 16 Mar 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

Have you ever struggled to get the best out of an online journal article? Feeling overwhelmed with information you are unable to process?

This workshop will introduce you to techniques which will help you to improve the efficiency of your reading style. You will learn about everything from skimming and scanning to using knowledge of text structure to locate relevant information quickly. You will also learn new strategies for critical reading and text analysis, something which will enhance your essay writing skills.

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Beginners' reference management with EndNote

Fri 16 Mar 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

This hands-on session will introduce you to the EndNote reference management software, a tool to help with managing your references and creating citations and bibliographies in different formats. The workshop will help to get you started using EndNote to manage references, annotate the PDFs of articles attached to your reference data and to generate bibliographies in over 5000 different styles.

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Beginners' reference management with EndNote online

Mon 19 Mar 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

EndNote online is the web-based version of the EndNote reference management software. Freely available on the Internet, you can register as a University of Manchester user via the Web of Knowledge database to get access to the full functionality of this resource which you can use to keep track of your reading, share your references with others and create citations and bibliographies in the appropriate format and style. This workshop will introduce you to the software and help you to start using this valuable referencing tool.

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Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Mon 19 Mar 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you impose impossibly high standards on yourself? Standards that you can never quite reach no matter how hard you try? Are you prone to self-criticism and procrastination? If so, then do not worry because you are not alone! Come along to our workshop to learn more about the psychology of perfectionism, how it can affect you studies and the methods you can use to challenge it.

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Academic writing: referencing in your writing

Mon 19 Mar 2018, 15:00 - 16:30

This workshop will focus on effectively referencing sources in your writing. We will look at different ways to incorporate sources including: quotation, summarising and citation. We will also discuss what is appropriate for each method and how to smoothly integrate references into your own writing while simultaneously giving clarity to your own opinion and voice.

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Proofreading: the final stage before submission

Tue 20 Mar 2018, 10:00 - 11:30

Do you find yourself losing marks for referencing, spelling or grammar? This session will highlight how proofreading a written piece of work to a high standard will improve your marks and increase your academic success. You will work with others to define the term proofreading and understand its place in the process of academic writing. Finally, you will get the chance to put what you have learnt into practice, working together as a group to effectively proofread a sample piece of work.

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Using websites and recognising bias

Tue 20 Mar 2018, 12:00 - 13:30

In this workshop you will learn about the importance of critically evaluating information which is available via websites and other online sources. You will work with others to discuss how websites are produced for different purposes and present different information. You will create evaluation criteria to apply to websites in order to judge whether theyre appropriate to use in your work.

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Successful searching

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

This session is a workshop to help you think about the basics when searching for information relating to an assignment topic. You will learn a number of different steps which can be taken in order to help refine your results and pinpoint relevant information and resources as quickly as possible. Interactive exercises will give you practical experience of structuring a comprehensive search and help you to develop your own strategies for searching by working through common difficulties.

Mindfulness for concentration

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Do you find it difficult to concentrate? Do you struggle with racing thoughts and often feel anxious or overwhelmed? This workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, will cover a variety of practical, simple techniques to help still the mind and reduce anxiety. It will introduce you to mindfulness practice; a type of meditation which turns your attention towards what is happening in the present moment and allows you to take a step back from your anxious thoughts. This technique has been proven to be very effective in managing chronic stress and anxiety as well as pain and illness.

Discover your approach to learning

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

This workshop will introduce you to some different approaches to learning. You will discuss why it is important to recognise your approach and you will consider how having an insight into the way you process information can help you with your studies. You will leave with useful strategies for completing academic tasks such as reading, writing, revision and attending lectures and seminars.

Do I have dyslexia?

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

This workshop will focus on students who think they might have dyslexia. We will introduce you to the strategies and support might be available at the University of Manchester and go over the process we follow to test for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. As part of the workshop, we will introduce you to text-to-speech and other assistive software and go over mind-mapping as a way to help with writing assignments. Please arrive at the session five minutes early to allow time to log onto the laptops.

Please don't book onto this workshop If you have English as an Additional Language and are studying on a course with the University Language Centre to improve your English skills before starting on another programme of study. Instead, please call the Disability Advisory and Support Service on 0161 275 7512 and book a Quick Query appointment with an advisor.

Your literature review: getting started

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

This session is ideal if you are preparing to work on a project, dissertation or extended essay where a literature review component is required. The session will give you an understanding of the purpose and importance of the literature review as a piece of work. You will also have the opportunity to build a timeline of further activity in order to enable you to prepare to write your literature review.

Datastream

Fri 23 Mar 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Thomson Reuters Datastream is a key resource for researchers who need to gather large amounts of quantitative company and financial markets data. We will walk you through these steps:

1] Create basic types of data request (static and time series).

2] Lookup equities and data items available using the Datastream Navigator.

3] Use Datastreams Excel Add-In to create portfolio lists and retrieve data.

The session lasts for 1 hour. Please email uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions and put MLE workshops in the subject line.

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Managing procrastination

Mon 16 Apr 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you find it difficult to start a piece of work? Does a nagging guilt spoil your leisure time? Do you tidy your room, check emails or constantly find ways to distract yourself from your work? Do you dream about handing in that 'perfect' piece of work? Are you very self-critical about your ability to work? Do you always find yourself panicking at the last minute? Do you feel drained yet have nothing to show for it? Are you constantly stressed and worried about work? Or your lack of it? Do you feel you are letting yourself down by putting things off? If any of these questions resonate with you, come along to this workshop.You are free to attend this workshop as many times as you would like, if you cannot book on again just drop by.

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Get prepared: top tips for managing exam stress

Tue 17 Apr 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Feeling nervous before your exams? Do not worry, you are not alone! Although a certain amount of nervous tension will help you to perform to the best of your ability in exams, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps you to focus, if your nerves become extreme they can have the opposite effect. This workshop is designed to help you to manage your anxious feelings during the revision period, as these feelings can block your thoughts, create a negative frame of mind and lead you to panic.

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Beginners' reference management with Mendeley

Thu 19 Apr 2018, 10:30 - 12:00

This session will introduce participants with no previous experience of using Mendeley to the advantages of using reference management software and to the key functionality of the software.

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Drop everything and...

Fri 20 Apr 2018, 11:00 - 13:00

Are you prone to procrastination? Got an assignment coming up and really need to get started? This session is designed to create a friendly and focused environment that motivates you to study without distractions (alongside other focused students). Just come prepared with work to do, you can bring a laptop or use one of ours.

How is the session structured?

There will be 10 minutes at the beginning to grab a drink and get comfortable. Then we will start the timer, and you will have 30 minutes to give your work your full attention. Every half an hour you will be encouraged to take a 10-minute break during which the Library's Student Team will be on hand to chat, offer general advice or recommend new strategies and techniques to help with your studies.

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