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Academic Skills from Wolfson Library

“I was very old-fashioned in searching for and assessing sources, and didn't like working online. Now I feel I have the tools to change my ways!"

Student studying from a book in Wolfson Libary

Wolfson College Library offers support to students and researchers to underpin your academic endeavour.

We offer skills guidance to student and researcher communities at all stages of undergraduate and graduate study. It is personalised when we meet one-to-one or in groups, but also available generically 24/7 online and throughout the year with face-to-face workshops as part of Skills for Academic Success.

We can help you at the start of your journey to:

  • search catalogues, databases and the academic web for items on a reading list or to discover relevant resources in your research field
  • use software to store your references and add  them seamlessly into your written work
  • comply with copyright and avoid plagiarism
  • develop strategies to manage your time
  • take effective notes
  • become a critical reader and writer

As your studies progress, we can provide more advanced support so that you can:

  • keep up to date with new research
  • conduct data and information management planning
  • develop an academic online presence
  • consider options about how and where to publish your research
  • assess the impact of scholarly publications and measure the impact of your work

Get in touch to arrange a meeting, book a workshop or have a look at our online resources:

Online support

The Wolfson College LibGuide is the place to find tips and tools on finding, managing and using information. Browse the guide or link straight to the information you need from the list below.

  • Finding information on a reading list – help interpreting references and searching on iDiscover
  • Doing a literature search – more advanced techniques for looking for material using keyword and citation searching
  • Managing references – resources for keeping track of all the you have read so that you can reference it when you come to write up
  • Copyright and plagiarism – details of your rights and restrictions on reusing the work of others
  • Critical evaluation – how to approach reading tasks and get the most from your material.
  • Keeping up to date – stay on top of research so that you don’t miss essential new publications
  • Publishing your research – learn about Open Access, the publishing process and other ways to promote your work
  • Developing a digital footprint – know what is already on the web about you and make sure it is up to date to reflect your current research.
  • Measuring the impact of your research – understand metrics and how you can use them to measure the impact of your publications and research activity as well as that of others.
  • Research data managementAll research produces data regardless of academic discipline through collection, observation or creation. Learn how to organise, store, and share it during the research process and beyond.
  • Time management - As an independent learner you will need to manage your time effectively to keep on top of things.

What's on

Skills for Academic Success: Style & Language in Writing

15/11/2018 at 18.00
A macbook, cup of coffee, glasses on a table

The workshop will focus on extending your practical writing skills by covering aspects of style, grammar, language use and presentation which you may feel uncertain about. By focusing on writing and study skills, the quality of your writing will improve and you will achieve fuller clarity, control, command and subtlety. The aim is pursuit of excellence. The session will have an open, non-restrictive and encouraging atmosphere. It is designed for all Wolfson students and is likely to be special value to students whose first language is not English.

Skills for Academic Success: Speed Reading

17/11/2018 at 10.30
Person sitting cross legged with a book

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of reading you have to do? Take this practical workshop to learn how to deal with huge amounts of information quickly and effectively. The hands-on session will explore the idea of speed reading - a technique that’s not just about reading fast, but also includes methods to reduce the number of resources that you need to read in detail.  Please note that it is taking place on a Saturday morning.

Skills for Academic Success: A Fast Introduction to Probability II

22/11/2018 at 18.00
Person taking notes on probability

This class is intended to review some basic definitions and results in Probability, which can be useful to understand some applications of Probability in social sciences, engineering and physics, such as statistics or random process (e.g. Brownian motions) among others. The aim of the course is to give a fast account of the elementary mathematical theory of probability for a general audience, on the basis of the book "Probability, An Introduction", by G Gimmett and D Welsh. If time allows we could discuss some relevant examples and exercises. The class is divided into two parts:

Skills for Academic Success: Speed Reading

29/11/2018 at 17.00
Person sitting cross legged with a book

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of reading you have to do? Take this practical workshop to learn how to deal with huge amounts of information quickly and effectively. The hands-on session will explore the idea of speed reading - a technique that’s not just about reading fast, but also includes methods to reduce the number of resources that you need to read in detail.  Please note that this is a repeat of the workshop taking place on Saturday 17 November.