Workshops

Academic Practice Workshops 2021/22

Library Services' workshops are designed to open up the practice of studying at university and to help you to develop as a learner. Topics covered include writing, identifying and evaluating academic sources, being critical in your work, and referencing (and more!). 

Each workshop will be convened through Microsoft Teams. For more information on accessing and using it, see IT's guide to Teams and the relevant IT Flash Guides. You might also like to sign up for one of IT's webinars on using Teams.

The workshops are open to all students at Cardiff Met, whether undergraduate or postgraduate - whatever your year of study. Come along and have a look!

More workshops will be added as we move through the academic year; details of new sessions will be posted here first - you might like to bookmark this page!


**To book on to a workshop, visit MetHub**

 

Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!

This workshop will get you navigating the varied information sources findable on MetSearch. You'll find how to tweak down your search results and save your sources on your MetSearch account. Discover our handy MetSearch tool to get started with citing and referencing your sources. 

Monday, 4 October 2021

10am

Jane Brown


Welcome to your university library OR I've my phone, why bother with the library?

So you think Google and your phone is enough to complete your course?  You couldn't be more wrong, especially as some of you may not have used a library before.  Come along to virtually meet our friendly librarians who can show you what a great place a library can be for relaxation, independent learning, meeting friends, getting IT help, etc. 

Monday, 4 October 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch


Learning at university: what's it all about?

All students want to get good marks at university; but how do you do it? What do tutors expect from you as learners? How do you find success in your assessed work? This workshop-webinar, the first in a series from Library Services, will explore these topics.

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

11am

Dr Chris Dennis

How to use eJournals OR My lecturer says I need peer-reviewed journals. Help!

This workshop focuses on how and why you should use eJournals.  By the end of this workshop you will be able to search for academic journal articles, identify them and know the different methods of viewing them. 

​Tuesday, 5 October 2021

2pm

Jane Brown


Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!

​​Tuesday, 5 October 2021

3pm

Jane Brown


Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!

​Wednesday, 6 October 2021

2pm

Sarah Nicholas


Learning at university: what's it all about?

​Thursday, 7 October 2021

10am

Dr Chris Dennis

Learning at university: what's it all about?
​Monday, 11 October 2021

11am

Dr Chris Dennis

Learning at university: what's it all about?
Monday, 11 October 2021

5.30pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

12pm

Jane Brown

Welcome to your university library OR I've my phone, why bother with the library?
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

1pm

Jamie Finch

Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!
Tuesday, 12 October 2021

3pm

Riitta Siekkinen

Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!
Wednesday, 13 October 2021

10am

Sarah Nicholas

Learning at university: what's it all about?
Wednesday, 13 October 2021

12pm

Dr Chris Dennis

How to evaluate information OR What are quality academic sources anyway?

This workshop focuses on evaluating information sources for your assignments using handy tools to identify and check reliability. By the end of this workshop you will be identifying and evaluating academic sources using examples from MetSearch. 

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

2pm

Rebecca Evans & Wendy Smith


​Advanced searching using databases OR Is there more to the Library than MetSearch?

By the end of this workshop you know what a database is and why we use them. This Database workshop focuses on choosing appropriate databases to search for information for your assignments. It will introduce you to the wide range of subject specific databases available to you via MetSearch - Databases A-Z.

​Thursday, 14 October, 2021

11am

Rebecca Evans & Wendy Smith

Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!

Monday, 18 October, 2021

2pm

Jane Brown


How to use eJournals OR My lecturer says I need peer-reviewed journals. Help!

​Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

10am

Jane Brown


​Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

Students are often told by tutors ‘to be more critical’! But what do they mean? What are they referring to? In this workshop-webinar, we’ll be looking at the basic features of ‘being critical’ in thought and in writing.

​Tuesday, 19 October 2021

10am

Dr Chris Dennis

Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!

​Tuesday, 19 October 2021

3pm

Riitta Siekkinen


Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff!

​Wednesday, 20 October 2021

3pm

Sarah Nicholas

Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Thursday, 21 October 2021

12pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Thursday, 21 October 2021

5:30pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Defining academic writing: what is it and how do you start to do it?

Academic writing is different from writing in other contexts. This workshop-webinar looks at 'why' and 'how' it is different. In exploring these questions, we'll look at writing in an assessment context. What are your tutors looking for in your writing?

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Defining academic writing: what is it and how do you start to do it?

​Wednesday, 27 October 2021

10am

Dr Chris Dennis

How to use eJournals OR My lecturer says I need peer-reviewed journals. Help!

​Wednesday, 27 October 2021

11am

Rebecca Evans & Wendy Smith

Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Wednesday, 27 October 2021

12pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Wednesday, 27 October 2021

3pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Getting more from MetSearch OR Show me the clever stuff that MetSearch can do!

Want to save time and effort scrolling through pages of MetSearch results? This online workshop will show you how to construct great searches. You’ll also learn about MetSearch’s browsing and citation searching features, which can lead you to unexpected, but relevant, academic resources. This online workshop builds on the Finding sources OR Help! My lecturer said to use MetSearch to find quality stuff! workshop, which you will have ideally attended. 

​​Tuesday, 2 November 2021

3pm

Riitta Siekkinen


Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Wednesday, 3 November 2021

10am

Dr Chris Dennis

Defining academic writing: what is it and how do you start to do it?

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

11am

Dr Chris Dennis

Defining academic writing: what is it and how do you start to do it?

​Thursday, 4 November 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Defining academic writing: what is it and how do you start to do it?

​Thursday, 4 November 2021

5.30pm

Dr Chris Dennis

How to use eBooks OR What do you mean ‘a library isn’t just about print books’? 

Would you believe we have thousands if not millions of eBook 'in' the Library?  It's easy to forget they are there.  By 'there', we mean on MetSearch.  Come along to this workshop to learn about how to get the most out of this type of book, including it limitations, and what to do when things go wrong. 

​Friday, 5 November 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch


How to use eBooks OR What do you mean ‘a library isn’t just about print books’? 

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch


Defining academic writing: what is it and how do you start to do it?

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Advanced searching using databases OR Is there more to the Library than MetSearch?

​Wednesday, 10 November 2021

3pm

Rebecca Evans & Wendy Smith


​​Getting your writing right!

This workshop is about recognising common writing errors: commas and apostrophes, run-on sentences, confusion between colons and semi-colons. What do they look like? How do I go about correcting them?

​Thursday, 11 November 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

How to evaluate information OR What are quality academic sources anyway?

​​Thursday, 11 November 2021

3pm

Rebecca Evans & Wendy Smith


Reflective writing in practice

In this workshop, we look more closely at reflective writing: what are its characteristics? How is it organised? We’ll look at an example and consider how you can use a reflective cycle to structure your work.

Thursday, 11 November 2021

3pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Effective search techniques OR Help! There’s no information on my topic! 

There's nothing worse than not finding anything for your assignment!  But have you searched in the right place using the right words?  Perhaps not, so may not sign up to this workshop where we will show you how to decode and demystify your assignment question, how to use sources, search with a plan, and solve common problems.

​Monday, 15 November 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch


Referencing: why is it important and how do you do it?

In this workshop, we'll look at author-date or Harvard referencing: why is referencing so important? When do you need to reference? How do you format references in the author-date / Harvard style?

​Monday, 15 November 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Referencing: why is it important and how do you do it?

Monday, 15 November 2021

5.30pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Getting more from MetSearch OR Show me the clever stuff MetSearch can do! 

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

3pm

Riitta Siekkinen

Effective search techniques OR Help! There’s no information on my topic! 

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

11am

Jamie Finch

​Formatting references: APA

A referencing workshop focusing on the practice of formatting references in the APA style.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

12pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Reflective writing in practice

Thursday, 25 November 2021

3pm

Dr Chris Dennis


If there is a topic you'd like us to cover in a workshop in your School, please let us know by emailing the following address: academicskills@cardiffmet.ac.uk.