Live Q&A sessions for PGT students: Referencing and citing

 

The hand-in date for your dissertation or technical report is likely to be looming. If you have any questions or difficulties with referencing and citing, come along to one of our Question & Answer sessions next week. In the meantime, you may find materials in Part 1 and Part 5 of our Refresher series of interest: https://bit.ly/32ZY4zA

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The sessions will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week
(August 5, 6, & 7)
and are open to all PGT students regardless of whether or not you have listened to the recordings or have received previous instruction on referencing and citing.

The sessions will be delivered via Collaborate. To find out more and to book a place, please visit abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking – just change the category to ‘Library Information Skills’.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.
s.mmcourt@abdn.ac.uk

Taught Postgraduates – live Q&A library sessions

IMG-d3d662ba89dca7da05a8c65126e586db-VAt the end of May we prepared a series of short recordings presenting techniques, tips and resources to help PGT students find academic scholarly books and journal articles and reliable support materials. The issues of plagiarism and correct referencing were also covered. The recordings can be access here.

If you have had a chance to listen to our ‘Library skills’ recordings and would like clarification on any of the topics covered, then come along to one of our Question & Answer sessions next week. The sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday morning (June 10 & 11) and are open to all PGT students regardless of whether or not you have listened to the recordings or have received previous instruction on how to use the Library resources.

The sessions will be delivered via Collaborate. To find out more and to book a place, please visit abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking – just change the category to ‘Library Information Skills’.

See you next week! In the meantime, please email us if you have any questions.

s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

Taught Postgraduates – further help with your dissertations and projects: library & writing skills

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In our previous post we told you about the upcoming online courses organised by our colleagues in IT in support of PGT students formatting and writing their dissertations using Word. There are still places available – please book a place by visiting abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and selecting category ‘IT Services Training and Documentation Team’.

In this post we would like to draw your attention to the support provided by the Library and Student Learning Service.

We have prepared a series of short recordings presenting techniques, tips and resources to help you find academic scholarly books and journal articles and reliable support materials. The issues of plagiarism and correct referencing are also covered as well as instruction on reference management software RefWorks.

Our colleagues in the Student Learning Service have also prepared the following recordings:

– ‘Planning and writing a dissertation’
– ‘Writing a Literature Review’

These useful materials can be found on our wiki at:
http://finditfastlibraryworkshops.pbworks.com/ – click on the ‘Taught Postgraduates’ tab on the pink line across the top.

Please get in touch if you need help with anything! Information Consultant details can be found at: http://bit.ly/InfoConsultants

 

 

Taught Postgraduates – online courses to help with your dissertations and projects: 25 & 26 May

Specially arranged for Taught Postgraduate students, IT services will deliver the following online sessions to support anyone writing and formatting their dissertation using Microsoft Word. The sessions will be delivered via MS Teams.

Adding Style to your Dissertation

  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Monday 25 May
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Tuesday 26 May

Content:
Stress-free steps to Navigation, Table of Contents, Auto numbering and Styles.

  • What are Styles
  • Styles Launcher
  • Using Built-in Styles
  • Modifying Styles
  • Navigation Pane
  • Auto Numbering
  • Table of Content

The power of section breaks 

  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Monday 25 May
  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Tuesday 26 May
Content: 

How to stop unwanted page orientation continuing through the rest of your document, different page numbering for contents pages and the rest of a document. How to change and control page orientation throughout your document, set and change the page numbering options on different parts of your document and much more.

  • Page Setup
  • Cover Page
  • Section Breaks
  • Page Numbering
  • Orientation to landscape
  • Captions
You can book a place through the course booking system as normal. Please go to: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and select category ‘IT Services Training and Documentation Team’.
Details of how to join the session will be provided in advance of each training slot. If you cannot attend the timed virtual slots please do not book a place, but don’t worry we’ll make recordings available after the event.
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Details of other Refresher sessions to follow.

Need help with Referencing? The Library is here to help

Once you have researched and begun writing your dissertation or project you must remember to correctly acknowledge the sources of any information which you refer to, as this allows readers to trace the original material while also ensuring that you avoid potentially committing plagiarism.

To help you with your referencing, Library staff have prepared several online guides with useful examples. We have a generic guide on Referencing and Citing as well as others focused on specific referencing systems or subject areas:

Please be sure, though, to also refer to any specific referencing guidance which you may have been provided by your department. You can also see advice on avoiding plagiarism on the Student Learning Service’s website.

If you are looking for a tool to help you organise your references and also produce your bibliography, then why not create a free account with RefWorks, an online reference management tool that the University of Aberdeen subscribes to. For more information and instructions on how to create an account please check our quick library guide to RefWorks.

If you need any help with referencing your dissertation or project please do contact Library staff.

Eleni Papadakou & Ewan Grant

Printing & binding dissertations: information for Taught Postgraduate students

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We know that printing your dissertation and getting it bound can be stressful. Here are some tips to help you.

Printing:

Before you send your document to print, make sure you’ve checked your course handbook, as that’s where you will usually find all the instructions you will need to follow, such as font size, spacing, etc.

When you send your document to print, make sure you choose the correct Printer.

  • For printing in Black & White please select option BW-pull-pcl on class-print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk as the Printer.
  • For printing in Colour please select option COLOUR-pull-pcl on class-print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk as the Printer. If you only wish to print certain pages in colour, please make sure you specify the range in the Settings. Please remember to retrieve the job from a Colour printer.

Colour Printers in the libraries

The colour printers in The Sir Duncan Rice Library are on Floors 1, 2, 6 and 7. There are also colour printers in the Taylor (Law) and Medical libraries – The Medical Library has a colour printing facility in both A4 & A3 size.

It can take quite a long time for the printer to receive a large document. To reduce your waiting time, you can send your document in sections, e.g. pages 1-50 and then pages 51-100.

More detailed information on printing is available on the Toolkit

Binding:

Once you have finished printing your dissertation, you can have it bound at the University’s Print Shop.

There are currently two options when it comes to soft binding:

  • Comb & Ring style: plastic rings with acetate paper covers.
  • Metal style: metal spine thermal glued with acetate paper covers.

For pricing and service times, please check here.

The Print Shop operates on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

If you choose to have your dissertation both printed and bound at the Print shop, then please make sure you:

  • Use the default MSWord margins either for single or double sided (set up mirror imaging layout) printing of your dissertation.
  • Send your PDF by email preferably 3-4 days before your deadline.

Tip: During hand-in/deadline days, it’s best if you have your dissertation already printed and just visit the Print Shop well in advance to have it bound as the completion time for Comb & Ring and Metal style may be longer than the usual 30 minutes.

Remember – Library and IT staff are always happy to help!

 

Elaine Fitzgerald e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk –                                                                Eleni Papadakou e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

Taught Postgraduates – courses to help with your dissertations and projects: places still available!

There are still places available on the following workshops:

IT Services – May 28 & 29
Working with Long Documents (Word 2013)

This workshop will look at: defining and using an appropriate template, modifying inbuilt styles, inserting section breaks and page numbers, applying multi-level numbering, using captions for images, creating cross-references and creating tables of contents and tables of figures. To sign up to attend one of these workshops please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for courses on MS Office.

Student Learning Service – June 4 & 5
Writing a Literature Review

Student Learning Service – June 6 & 8
Writing your Dissertation/Project: Spelling, Paragraph Structure and Constructing an Argument

This interactive workshop will stress the importance of writing with a reader in mind. To engage the reader, writing should be logical, coherent and clearly argued.  Through practical exercises, we will examine the significance of accurate spelling, paragraph structure and construction of an argument.

To find out more and sign up for these useful workshops please visit:
www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our contact details can be found at:
www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/contacts-106.php#panel162

 

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Taught Postgraduates – courses in May and June to help with your dissertations and projects

 

Once the exams are over, many taught postgraduate students will be turning their attention to their dissertations and projects. IT Services, the Library and the Student Learning Service are here to help with a series of sessions:

From the 21st to the 23rd of May, the Library will hold a series of workshops that cover the research process from choosing where and how to search for high quality information to ensuring that your referencing is as good as it can be. The three workshops are: Part 1 – Starting your dissertation research, Part 2 – Going further with your dissertation research and Part 3 – Managing your dissertation research. To find out more and to book a place please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills.

On the 28th and 29th of May, colleagues from the IT Services’ Training and Documentation Team will be running workshops to help with many of the common formatting issues that can arise when working with long documents. The workshops will look at: (Word 2013) defining and using an appropriate template, modifying inbuilt styles, inserting section breaks and page numbers, applying multi-level numbering, using captions for images, creating cross-references and creating tables of contents and tables of figures. To sign up to attend one of these workshops please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for courses on MS Office.

The university’s Student Learning Service will be running workshops at the start of June aimed at taught postgraduates as they embark on their dissertations or projects. There will be two different sessions, the first looking at writing a literature review and the second focusing on the construction of arguments and the structuring of the dissertation. Same as with the IT and Library courses, visit:
www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking for more information and to book a place.

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Come to these classes to ensure you start your piece of work with the skills to make the process as easy as possible!