Refresher sessions for PGT students

Once the exams are over, many taught postgraduate students will be turning their attention to their dissertations or projects. Library staff and the IT Service Desk’s Training and Documentation team are here to help you with a series of workshops.

There are four Library workshops on offer and they will be taking place from
29 May – 01 June:

  • Part 1 – Starting your dissertation research. Covers planning, using Primo to find print and electronic books and how to get the best out of search engines such as Google
  • Part 2 – Going further with your dissertation research. Covers how to identify, access and use the most suitable academic databases to find research level material in your subject.
  • Part 3 – Academic Integrity and Referencing. Offers an overview of academic integrity and how this relates to your dissertation. General tips and advice on how to avoid plagiarism in terms of correct referencing and citing conventions will also be provided. The session also covers the three common approaches to referencing, ie. Harvard, Vancouver, Oxford. 
  • Part 4 – Managing your dissertation research. Carries on from Part 2, going into more detail on referencing and using ProQuest RefWorks.

PLEASE NOTE: RefWorks is of limited use to those using Footnote referencing styles, such as OSCOLA. 

Training and Documentation Team
Colleagues in the Training and Documentation Team will be running the following workshops:

  • Microsoft Word: Working with long documents (24 May & 01 June)
    By the end of this course you will be able to define and use an appropriate template, understand and modify inbuilt styles, apply multi-level numbering, apply page and section breaks, insert page numbers, images and tables, use captions for images/tables, create cross-references and automatic tables of contents and tables of figures.
  • Creating Posters using PowerPoint (30 May)
    During the course you will have the opportunity to create an A0 poster using PowerPoint, insert backgrounds, titles, text, graphics, and charts (images and text will be supplied). After a short presentation, you will work at your own pace from a workbook. A tutor will be on hand to help.

To find out more and sign up to attend one of these popular workshops please visit and look for courses on Library Information skills and MS Office. Do this soon, as places go fast!

Do you need help with your referencing?

If you can’t find what you need in our Library guides, come along to our workshop: ‘Referencing & Managing References with ProQuest RefWorks’ next Thursday, 18 May, 10:00 – 12:00.

This will be a two-hour session designed to help students understand the principles of referencing (including creating correct in-text citations and, lists of references at the end of your written work). In the session we will look at the three common approaches to referencing, ie. Harvard, Vancouver, Oxford. We will also look at using ProQuest RefWorks to help you manage your references.

The workshop will combine instruction and hands on-time to let you practise using ProQuest RefWorks. For more information and to book a place visit and change the category to ‘Library Information Skills’.

Students at all levels are welcome to attend.
Please note that this session is held in-person, in EW F81 (Old Aberdeen Campus).

For any queries, please contact