Workshops

Academic Practice Workshop-Webinars 2020/21

Library Services will be running the following workshop-webinars to help you with your studies. Further events 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!

Each webinar will be convened through Microsoft Teams. To book a place, simply email academicskills@cardiffmet.ac.uk, providing your Cardiff Met email address and the details of which webinar you'd like to sign up for. You will then be contacted prior to the start of the event.

You will need to have access to Teams. For more information on accessing and using it, see the 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.

 

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

 

**To book on to a workshop, visit MetHub; sessions are listed under 'General workshop / lecture' or simply search for them within 'Events'**

 

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.

​Wednesday, 14 October 2020

11am

Dr Chris Dennis

Learning at university: what's it all about?

​Thursday, 15 October 2020

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​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, 20 October 2020

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Thursday, 22 October 2020

1pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Thursday, 22 October 2020

5:30pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Monday, 2 November 2020

11am

Dr Chris Dennis

​MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

Find out how you can search for and access good quality academic resources to use in your assignments using the library search engine, MetSearch. You’ll find out why MetSearch is so much better for academic research than Google and discover how to search for academic books and articles, how to filter your results and save items for future use.

​Tuesday, 3 November 2020

11am

Jamie Finch and Nicola Herbert

​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, 3 November 2020

3pm

Dr Chris Dennis

MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

​Thursday, 5 November 2020

12pm

Rebecca Evans and Wendy Smith

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

​Thursday, 5 November 2020

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

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

​Tuesday, 10 November 2020

11am

Dr Chris Dennis

​Beyond MetSearch: Getting subject specific

This workshop will take you beyond MetSearch to show you the library’s vast range of journals, subject-specific databases and specialist resources that can really take your research to the next level. We’ll demo some of our favourite databases so you can see how to search them like a pro to get the most relevant resources.

​Tuesday, 10 November 2020

11am

Jamie Finch and Nicola Herbert

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

​Wednesday, 11 November 2020

5.30pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Beyond MetSearch: Getting subject specific

​Thursday, 12 November 2020

11am

Rebecca Evans and Wendy Smith

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

​Thursday, 12 November 2020

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Being critical: making effective use of academic sources

​Thursday, 12 November 2020

3.30pm

Dr Chris Dennis

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

​Monday, 16 November 2020

10am

Dr Chris Dennis

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

In this workshop-webinar, 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, 16 November 2020

11.30am

Dr Chris Dennis

​Search like a librarian

If you’ve ever wanted to search like a librarian, this is the workshop for you! This session will focus on planning your research, developing a search strategy and finding the best resources to locate the information you need. We’ll look at how to identify keywords and combine them effectively so you really can search like a librarian and think like a database!

​Tuesday, 17 November 2020

11am

Jamie Finch and Nicola Herbert

Search like a librarian

​Thursday, 19 November 2020

12pm

Rebecca Evans and Wendy Smith

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

​Thursday, 19 November 2020

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Evaluating information: is it good enough to go into an essay?

When doing academic research it’s essential to evaluate the resources you find to ensure they’re good quality and worthy of being included in an academic essay. This workshop will help you to interpret database results, apply criteria for evaluating sources and identify what’s worth including (or not). We’ll look at what makes a resource academic and examine how to identify fake news.

​Tuesday, 24 November 2020

11am

Jamie Finch and Nicola Herbert

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

​Tuesday, 24 November 2020

5:30pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Evaluating information: is it good enough to go into an essay?

​Thursday, 26 November 2020

11am

Rebecca Evans and Wendy Smith

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

​Thursday, 26 November 2020

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

Find out how you can search for and access good quality academic resources to use in your assignments using the library search engine, MetSearch. You’ll find out why MetSearch is so much better for academic research than Google and discover how to search for academic books and articles, how to filter your results and save items for future use.


​Tuesday, 2 February 2021

11am

Nicola Herbert

What is a database?

Introduction workshop to using the Databases A-Z to find reliable references for your assignment. This workshop will look at what is a database and why we use them, and databases available via MetSearch Databases A-Z.

​Tuesday, 2 February 2021

4pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith

​How to search well

A good search is the beginning of a good grade.  A poorly planned search can result in wasted time and frustration. In this half-hour workshop, you'll find out how to search efficiently and effectively, including keywording assignments, search tips, and much more.

​Thursday, 4 February 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch

​Academic writing (Catch up!)

A chance to catch up before we start the next round of workshops - this is a repeat of the academic writing session held before Christmas in which we explore the features of academic writing as well as its nature: what makes academic writing 'academic'?

​Thursday, 4 February 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis
​MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

​Tuesday, 9 February 2021

12pm

Nicola Herbert

​How to identify and evaluate academic sources

This workshop focuses on identifying and evaluating academic sources for use in your assignment using examples from MetSearch.

​Tuesday, 9 February 2021

3pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith
Academic writing (Catch up!)

​Tuesday, 9 February 2021

5pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Being critical (Catch up!)

Another chance to catch up – this is a repeat of the being critical session held before Christmas. Here, we’ll look at the different skills involved in being critical and their application in written work.

​Wednesday, 10 February 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis
How to search well

​Thursday, 11 February 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch
​Being critical (Catch up!)

​Thursday, 11 February 2021

5pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Selecting the best database

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.

​Tuesday, 16 February 2021

4pm

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?

​Tuesday, 16 February 2021

5pm

Dr Chris Dennis

​Tools to evaluate academic sources

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, 18 February 2021

12pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith
​Getting your writing right!

​Thursday, 18 February 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis
​Getting your writing right!

​Monday, 22 February 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis
​MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

​Tuesday, 23 February 2021

11am

Nicola Herbert
​What is a database?

​Tuesday, 23 February 2021

3pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith
Getting your writing right!

​Wednesday, 24 February 2021

12pm

Dr Chris Dennis
How to search well

​Thursday, 25 February 2021

12pm

Dr Chris Dennis
How to identify and evaluate academic sources

​Thursday, 25 February 2021

2pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith

Developing voice in academic writing

Engaging effectively with academic sources – the discourse or literature in your discipline – is key to finding success in your assessments. In this workshop, we’ll look at one way you can integrate the viewpoints you find in these sources into your own work while also developing your own informed perspective.

​Thursday, 25 February 2021

3pm

Dr Chris Dennis

Referencing (Catch up!)

A chance to come to a repeat of our popular workshop on referencing. Here, we’ll look at the basics: purpose, when to use a reference, and format. The style discussed is author-date / Harvard, following the Cite them right version.

​Thursday, 25 February 2021

5pm

Dr Chris Dennis
​Developing voice in academic writing

​Tuesday, 2 March 2021

10am

Dr Chris Dennis
​MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

​Tuesday, 2 March 2021

12pm

Nicola Herbert
Selecting the best database

​Tuesday, 2 March 2021

2pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith
Developing voice in academic writing

​Thursday, 4 March 2021

10am

Dr Chris Dennis
How to search well

​Thursday, 4 March 2021

12pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith
Being critical (Catch up!)

​Thursday, 4 March 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis
Tools to evaluate academic sources

​Thursday, 4 March 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.

​Monday, 8 March 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis
​MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

​Tuesday, 9 March 2021

2pm

Nicola Herbert
How to identify and evaluate academic sources

​Tuesday, 9 March 2021

3pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith
​Developing voice in academic writing

​Wednesday, 10 March 2021

5pm

Dr Chris Dennis
What is a database?

​Thursday, 11 March 2021

12pm

Rebecca Evans; Wendy Smith
How to search well

​Thursday, 11 March 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch
​Academic writing (Catch up!)

​Thursday, 11 March 2021

3pm

Dr Chris Dennis
Reflecting writing in practice

​Thursday, 11 March 2021

5pm

Dr Chris Dennis
​MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

​Tuesday, 16 March 2021

11am

Nicola Herbert
​Academic writing (Catch up!)
​Tuesday, 16 March 2021

5.30pm

Dr Chris Dennis
Referencing (Catch up!)

​Wednesday, 17 March 2021

9am

Dr Chris Dennis

Structure in academic writing

Effective academic writing is clear and coherent – in other words, it’s easy to follow and often has an argument or line of reasoning. Structure – the organisation of your writing – is vital in achieving clarity and coherence. In this workshop, we’ll look in more detail at the role of structure in academic writing.

​Wednesday, 17 March 2021

10am

Dr Chris Dennis
How to search well

​Thursday, 18 March 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch
Structure in academic writing

​Thursday, 18 March 2021

2pm

Dr Chris Dennis
Being critical (Catch up!)

​Thursday, 18 March 2021

5.30pm

Dr Chris Dennis
Reflective writing in practice

​Monday, 22 March 2021

10am

Dr Chris Dennis
​Formatting references: APA

​Monday, 22 March 2021

11am

Dr Chris Dennis
​MetSearch: Discover quality academic sources

​Tuesday, 23 March 2021

12pm

Nicola Herbert
Structure in academic writing

​Tuesday, 23 March 2021

5pm

Dr Chris Dennis
How to search well

​Thursday, 25 March 2021

12pm

Jamie Finch
​Formatting references: APA

​Thursday, 25 March 2021

5pm

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.