Library and IT training

Wednesday lunchtime sessions

On Wednesday lunchtimes from 12:00 to 12:30 of every week in Semester 1, the Scholarly Communications Team (and guest presenters) will be offering 30-minute sessions on a range of topics, such as Open Access, Copyright, Research Metrics and Research Data, and ORCID and other persistent identifiers. 

The sessions will not be recorded but don't worry if you can't make a certain session - we'll repeat them again in semester 2, so there'll be another opportunity to attend. 

Session

Date
Open Access: what researchers need to know and do 27 September

Copyright and submitting your thesis: a session for research students

4 October
Introduction to Oxford Brookes’ special collections and archives

11 October
Introduction for authors to publishing journal articles

18 October
Literature searching: what tools to use and who can help
25 October

Read & Publish: what it is and how it works
1 November

Predatory publishers: how to identify and avoid them

8 November
Research metrics: what they are, what they’re for, and how they should (and shouldn’t) be used

15 November
Keeping up to date: have the latest research come to you
22 November

Copyright and research publications: an introduction

29 November
ORCID and other IDs: how identifiers help researchers

6 December
Sharing your research data: what, why, and how

13 December


To select a session please click on 'Book your place'.

Finding Information for Your Research

Date and time: Tuesday 21 November 2023, 12:00 to 13:00

Location: Online via Google Meet Conferencing.

Presenter: Helen Whittaker.

Description: An exploration of the most effective methods of searching, discovering and accessing information for your research. The session will include an overview of research tools and services available via the Library, as well as techniques for getting the best from them. Discover key resources for keeping up-to-date and refresh and enhance your search skills.

Endnote Training - Managing information overload

Date and time: Wednesday 29 November 2023, 12:00 to 13:00

Location: Online via Google Meet Conferencing.

Presenter: Helen Whittaker.

Description: Managing information overload - this session provides an introduction to EndNote, a reference management service. Find out how to collect, store and manage your references efficiently and effectively using EndNote. Discover how to use EndNote with many databases and library catalogues to transfer references into your EndNote library and create bibliographies or reference lists formatted in the style of your choice. The session will also include tips on citing your references correctly.

Endnote training - Managing information overload

Date and time: Wednesday 24 April 2024, 13:00 to 14:00

Location: Online via Google Meet Conferencing.

Presenter: Helen Whittaker.

Description: Managing information overload - this session provides an introduction to EndNote, a reference management service. Find out how to collect, store and manage your references efficiently and effectively using EndNote. Discover how to use Endnote with many databases and library catalogues to transfer references into your EndNote library and create bibliographies or reference lists formatted in the style of your choice. The session will also include tips on citing your references correctly.

Library training sessions

A programme of free library training sessions for all students runs each semester, including sessions specifically for researchers. Details can be found on the Library website.

Additionally, each Academic Liaison Librarian organises training for groups and individuals in their subject areas.

Research-related software training

Alex Friend, Training and Development Specialist, has created a range of Moodle courses on industry-standard packages that are widely used across the University.

After logging in and self-enrolling onto the Moodle course(s), students can download electronic copies of the self-paced courses and find links to other resources.

Click the links below to access the relevant course:

General Information on the IT Training website:

Contact Alex Friend (asfriend@brookes.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

IT services

IT services available for research students include:

  • one-to-one support from the training team who provide project specific guidance on software packages;
  • free online training and support in software packages most often used in research projects, including ARCGIS, NVIVO, SPSS and Microsoft Office; and
  • remote support if you are unable to come onto campus via a remote connection to your computer.

Further information can be found on the IT Services website.