The Library Services Team can provide you and your students with tailored subject-specific information and digital skills activities which can be delivered as stand-alone workshops, or embedded into modules.  Elements from different workshops can be mixed to provide the most appropriate and relevant input for students at a particular stage of a programme. We are happy to work with you to meet the needs of particular cohorts of students.

Below is just a summary of the sessions we offer. Tile Image Getting Started

Students also have access to our regular Support and Referrals

  • Regular 3 x weekly drop-in sessions where students can come with relevant question, 
  • A series of generic sign-up workshops for students in any programme and at any level
  • A series of sign-up workshops aimed specifically at postgraduate research students.
  • One to one appointments with Academic Librarians and the Digital Skills Officer.
  • A suite of online learning objects for students to access at any time to support, enhance and face-to-face teaching. These can also be embedded into module resources.

For more information and to disucss your requierments please contact us.

Orientation Information

Sessions include:

  • GettingStarted with IT and Library 

Content:  An introduction to IT systems and services at Abertay covering, the basics of using the library, an overview of the library website, Timetables, Office 365, OASIS, MyLearningSpace, accessing systems, resources and files on mobile devices and from home,  M Drive, Comparison with external tools e.g. Google Docs/One Drive/etc. Find out different ways of getting help including interactive and  self-directed, online learning objects, drop-in sessions, 1:1 appointments and sign-up workshops.

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Digital Skills

Sessions include:

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Creating Poster Presentations

Content: Creating and presenting a research poster is a common way for students to share their work. This workshop explores the purpose of posters and looks at different ways of creating them using Microsoft applications such as PowerPoint or Sway.

Working with Data in Excel

Content: This hands-on workshop will concentrate on summarising large amounts of data by creating quick automatic calculations, extracting subsets of data using criteria, using conditional formatting and working with Pivot Tables to analyse and manipulate large sets of data.

Calculating Data in Excel

Content: This hands-on workshops provides understanding on how to create calculations using various functions within Excel. Creating formulas using cells from multiple worksheets.  Understand the significance of relative and absolute cell references in formulas . Calculate using the functions Sum, Min, Max, Average, Standard Deviation, IF Statements, AND/ Functions.

Managing Long Documents in MS Word

Content: An introduction to how to set up a template for managing long documents such a Honours Dissertation, PhD Thesis or Masters Dissertation.  Topics covered include using Styles to format headings and sub-headings, Inserting and updating an automated Table of Contents. Using captions and creating lists of figures and tables.

Managing your digital footprint

Content: This hands-on workshop will give participants an insight into how employers may use social media to recruit and de-select candidates, as well as explore practical tips to help participants create a professional digital identity.

Information Skills

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Knowing where to look -Key library tools and resources for your subject

Content: An overview of various tools for finding items on reading lists and finding information for coursework assignments. This online learning object will explore Library Search, the library subject guides Google and Google Scholar highlighting their strengths and weaknesses to enable participants to make an informed choice when selecting where to search for information.

Bespoke session on finding and using subject specific information formats

Content: Example: An introduction to the types of company and financial information available, including financial statements, company profiles, share price and other financial data. Find out about some of the best databases available through the Library and learn useful search techniques.  Other workshops could include finding case law, market research reports, White papers, British Standards, Eurocodes, audio files, clinical trials etc.

Making Google work for you

Content: Web search engines have become our starting point for any information that we seek. In this workshop, participants will examine the best techniques for searching the web for academic purposes and learn about evaluating the quality of the information found.

Finding and using images in your coursework

Content: An introduction to finding and using images. This workshop will survey Flickr, image search engines and other free image resources. Explore tips and techniques for finding copyright free images and citing them in projects and assignments. This workshop can also cover finding and using audio and video media if required.

Planning a literature search, creating a search strategy & searching academic sources

Content: Honours projects, dissertations or Masters theses require students to find good quality academic research articles on a specific topic. This workshop will offer hands on practice and essential advice for planning literature searches including keywords, search tips and techniques and an introduction to the key tools for finding literature.

Keeping up to date – current awareness and alerting services

Content: New research is being published all the time. Find out how to set up journal and article alerts to keep up to date with new materials.

Referencing and Plagiarism

Content: Correct referencing is the cornerstone of all academic work and is key to avoiding plagiarism. It gives due credit to all authors and works used in coursework as well as demonstrating an understanding and familiarity with the resources used. This workshop will help participants understand the need for in-text citations, demonstrate how to integrate them into their work, and explain how to format a reference list. This session can be tailored to suit Harvard, APA, or OSCOLA.

Reference management with RefWorks

Content: Jotting down details of sources on scraps of paper that get lost? Find out how RefWorks can help organise references and create bibliographies.