Workshops

Academic Practice Workshops 2022/23

Library Services will be offering a number workshops during the 2022-23 academic year. For a description of what each workshop covers, please scroll down to the information below.

Students may sign up to the workshops through MetHub. Simply search for each workshop using its title or by using the keyword ‘library’.

Please remember to check as you sign up for sessions whether they are delivered on campus, in person, or online, through Teams.

Further sessions may be added during the year. Details of these sessions will be included on the timetable provided above and publicised within the libraries and through social media.

If there are any topics you would like us to explore in future workshops, please let us know at academicskills@cardiffmet.ac.uk.


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Weds, 25 Jan
MetSearch: learn the basics and find quality sources
MetSearch is key to your academic success, pointing you to literature in your discipline. This essential workshop will take you through the basics of searching, including filtering results. You'll also learn how to keep track of your favourite sources and use MetSearch's handy citation tool.

Jane Brown
TEAMS
10am

​Thurs, 26 Jan

MetSearch: learn the basics and find quality sources

Jane Brown
TEAMS
3pm
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​Tues, 31 Jan
MetSearch: learn the basics and find quality sources

Sarah Nicholas
TEAMS
5.30pm
​Weds, 1 Feb
eJournals: search for journal articles to enhance your assignments
As a Cardiff Met student, you have access to over 115,000 eJournals, but are you making the best use of them? In this essential workshop you'll learn what eJournals are, why you should use them, and how to search for and access articles in eJournals.

Jane Brown
TEAMS
10am
​Weds, 1 Feb
Evaluating information: how and why you must do it
Not everything you read is reliable. But how do you navigate your way through unreliable information to sources that are suitable for your assignments? This essential workshop will give you the tools to identify and check reliability. You will have opportunity to apply your new-found knowledge.

Wendy Smith
TEAMS
11am
​Thurs, 2 Feb
Databases: what are they and when you search them?
There is a wealth of information beyond MetSearch. Academic journal articles, books, newspapers, statistics, images, video, technical reports and more await you in our collection of databases. This introduction to Cardiff Met's databases will give you the confidence to know when you need a database and how to choose the right database for your assignment.

Rebecca Evans
TEAMS
10am
​Thurs, 2 Feb
How to search: get the best from MetSearch and databases
There's nothing worse than not finding anything for your assignment!  But have you searched in the right place using the right words?  In this workshop you'll learn how to decode and demystify your assignment question, how to use Cardiff Met's resources, search with a plan and solve common problems.

Jamie Finch
TEAMS
11am
​Thurs, 2 Feb
MetSearch: learn the basics and find quality sources

Sarah Nicholas
T1.02a
2.15pm
​Thurs, 2 Feb
​Advanced MetSearch: Build on the basics
Want to save time and effort scrolling through pages of MetSearch results? This 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 workshop builds on our basic MetSearch workshop, which you will have ideally attended.

Riitta Siekkinen / Sarah Nicholas
T1.02a
3pm
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​Weds, 8 Feb
eJournals: search for journal articles to enhance your assignments

Jane Brown
TEAMS
11am
​Thurs, 9 Feb
​Introduction to literature searching

Rebecca Evans
TEAMS
10am
​Thurs, 9 Feb
Getting the most out of feedback
Feedback plays a vital role in finding success as a learner at university. In this session, we’ll be exploring that role and considering how you can go about turning the feedback of tutors into positive actions that will help you to get even higher marks in your next piece of work.

Stuart Abbott
Llandaff, L004
10am
​Thurs, 9 Feb
​MetSearch: Learn the basics and find quality sources

Riitta Siekkinen
TEAMS
11am
​Thurs, 9 Feb
Revisiting academic writing
A chance to revisit the topic of academic writing and to raise any concerns highlighted in the feedback you've had about the qualities of your own writing.

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
2pm
​Fri, 10 Feb
​Learning at university: what's it all about?
What is learning at university? How is it different from other types of learning you might have done before coming to Cardiff Met? What do tutors expect of you, as a learner, as you embark on your studies? In this workshop, we’ll be exploring these expectations by taking a closer look at the structure of learning, its nature, and how you can engage effectively with the requirements of your course.

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
11am
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​Mon, 13 Feb
​Revisiting academic writing

Dr Chris Dennis
Llandaff, L004
2pm
​Tues, 14 Feb
Revisiting academic writing

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
2pm
​Tues, 14 Feb
eJournals: Search for journal articles to enhance your assignment

Sarah Nicholas
TEAMS
5.30pm
​Weds, 15 Feb
Getting the most out of feedback

Stuart Abbott
TEAMS
11am
​Weds, 15 Feb
Being critical: making effective use of academic sources
Lots of you will be told – or might have been told already – to ‘be more critical’ by your tutors, but what does it mean? What are tutors looking for when they ask you to ‘be critical’? How are you supposed to engage critically with the academic sources you’re using? In this session, we’ll be taking a closer look at critical thought as it is applied to these sources, what it looks like in writing, and how you can go about being ‘more critical’.

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
5.30pm
​Thurs, 16 Feb
Evaluating information: How and why you must do it

Wendy Smith
TEAMS
10am
​Thurs, 16 Feb
​Databases: What are they and when should you search them?

Rebecca Evans
TEAMS
2pm
​Thurs, 16 Feb
Learning at university

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
3pm
​​
​Mon, 20 Feb
Getting the most out of feedback

Stuart Abbott
TEAMS
11am
​Tues, 21 Feb
​Evaluating information: How and why you must do it

Wendy Smith
TEAMS
3pm
​Weds, 22 Feb
eJournals: Search for journal articles to enhance your assignment

Jane Brown
TEAMS
10am
​Thurs, 23 Feb
MetSearch: Learn the basics and find quality sources

Sarah Nicholas
TEAMS
10am
​Thurs, 23 Feb
Being critical

Dr Chris Dennis
Llandaff, L004
10am
​Thurs, 23 Feb
​Advanced MetSearch: Build on the basics

Riitta Siekkinen / Sarah Nicholas
TEAMS
11am
​Fri, 24 Feb
​Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
11am
​​
​Tues, 28 Feb
Paraphrasing
Paraphrasing – expressing what you’ve read in your own words – is really important if you’re going to be successful at university. It’s not just about avoiding plagiarism; developing the ability to paraphrase helps you to think and write more critically. In this workshop, we’ll explore these ideas and more. 

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
11am
​Weds, 1 Mar
Reference management tools: what are they and how can they help you?
Do you want to keep track of what you've read, store pdfs of readings, and produce a bibliography in Word with minimal effort? This brief introduction to reference management tools such as EndNote and Zotero will demonstrate their functionality and encourage you to start using them.

Jamie Finch
TEAMS
2pm
​Weds, 1 Mar
Introduction to literature searching

Rebecca Evans
TEAMS
11am
​Thurs, 2 Mar
Paraphrasing

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
2pm
​Thurs, 2 Mar
Getting your writing right!

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
5.30pm
​​
​Mon, 6 Mar
​Getting your writing right!

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
11am
​Tues, 7 Mar
​Paraphrasing

Dr Chris Dennis
Llandaff, L004
11am
​Tues, 7 Mar
Getting your writing right

Dr Chris Dennis
Llandaff, L004
12pm
​Tues, 7 Mar
​eJournals: Search for journal articles to enhance your assignment

Jamie Finch
TEAMS
1pm
​Tues, 7 Mar
​Evaluating information: How and why you must do it

Wendy Smith
TEAMS
5pm
​Weds, 8 Mar
Databases: What are they and when should you search them?

Rebecca Evans
TEAMS
11am
​Weds, 8 Mar
​How to search: Get the best from MetSearch and databases

Jamie Finch
TEAMS
3pm
​Thurs, 9 Mar
Developing your voice in academic writing

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
2pm
​Thurs, 9 Mar
​Reference management tools: What are they and how can they help you?

Jamie Finch
TEAMS
3pm
​​
​Tues, 14 Mar
Structure in academic writing

Stuart Abbott
TEAMS
2pm
​Thurs, 16 Mar
Developing your voice in academic writing

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
2pm
​Fri, 17 Mar
Structure in academic writing

Stuart Abbott
TEAMS
11am
​​
​Tues, 21 Mar
Referencing

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
5.30pm
​Thurs, 23 Mar
​Referencing

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
10am
​Thurs, 23 Mar
Structure in academic writing

Stuart Abbott
Llandaff, L004
12pm
​Thurs, 23 Mar
Referencing (APA)

Dr Chris Dennis
TEAMS
2pm