DCU Library Summer Sessions for Staff and Researchers 2023
Open to all University staff and research postgraduates, the programme of workshops offers a great opportunity to learn more about the wealth of resources, tools, and services available to support your research.
Morning sessions include a variety of topics such as open publishing, tracking citations, data cleaning, managing references and an introduction to DCU Library’s growing Digital Research Collections and will be delivered by our expert team of Library staff.
Afternoon sessions will be delivered by invited guests who will provide training on a specific online database or platform. Whether you are new to these resources or just want a refresher you are sure to pick up some useful tips.
Hybrid sessions: will be delivered in-person in Information Commons at the O'Reilly Library and online via Zoom. A link will be provided 24hrs in advance.
Online sessions: will be delivered online via Zoom or MS Teams. A link will be provided 24hrs in advance.
Booking is essential. Book online at: https://forms.gle/MjJ5LM7p5f1foC1s6
Full programme of sessions below, click 'more' for full details.
Wednesday, 7th June 11:00-12.00 Hybrid
The open access (OA) publishing options available to DCU staff and students have greatly improved recently due to the introduction of new transformative publishing agreements. This session will introduce these agreements and other routes to OA including the importance of DORAS - DCU's Institutional Repository of research outputs. The benefits of OA will be highlighted and we'll have time to answer any questions you may have about OA publishing options. We'll also address concerns around publisher permissions, licensing etc.
Presenter: Ellen Breen, DCU Library
Thursday 8th June, 14:00-15:00 Online (Recorded)
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Presented by: Susan Watson, Elsevier
Tuesday 13th June, 11:00-11.30 Hybrid
Zotero is a free citation manager that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create customised bibliographies in standard citation styles, including Harvard, Chicago and APA etc. This workshop will introduce you to the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organising and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.
Presented by: Alex Kouker, DCU Library
Tuesday 13th June, 14:00-15:.00 Online (Recorded)
Have you got questions about how to use Covidence for your project or review? Then please join us for our upcoming training webinar for Dublin City University users at 2:00 pm on Tuesday 13th June, 2023. This session includes a live demo providing an overview of the systematic review workflow, and showcasing some of our most popular features. You will also get tips and tricks to jumpstart your review progress, as well as the opportunity to ask questions.
Please be sure to register here if you'd like to join. If you can’t make it, register anyway and we will send you the recording by email.
Presented by: Ghida Iskandarani, Covidence
Wednesday 14th June, 14:00-15:30 Online (Recorded)
This training session will cover finding relevant materials accurately on Westlaw IE and Westlaw UK and the different content types and functionalities of both services, as well as how to navigate our library of online book titles. The trainer will cover Advanced Searching, Annotation, creating folders and alerts and will be open to questions during the session.
Presented by: Robert Quarm, Thomson Reuters
Thursday 15th June, 10:00-12:00 Hybrid
This is a hands-on workshop on OpenRefine, a powerful open source tool for working with and cleaning data. It is aimed primarily at humanities researchers working with ‘messy’ datasets or interested in developing their data skills but all are welcome. No prior knowledge of OpenRefine is assumed.
Presented by: Liam O'Dwyer, DCU Library
Thursday 15th June, 14:00-15:00 Online (Recorded)
ProQuest is home to a wide range of databases from a number of disciplines, in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Some databases that are available through the platform include the Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA), Literature Online and ERIC.
At the end of this session, you will be able to:
Perform Basic and Advanced searches on the ProQuest Platform
Navigate the results page to successfully refine, discover, and extract meaningful content
Recognize the different document views and corresponding tools for a variety of document formats
Recall your session search history and selected items
Presented by: Ali Nazari-Nouri, ProQuest
Tuesday 20th June, 11:00-11.30 Online
This session will provide an overview of digitised research collections in DCU Library. It will explore how the Special Collections and Archives team use a range of tools and platforms to manage, curate, and provide access to research collections. This session will show how these collections can be accessed, explored and used for research.
Presented by Killian Downing and Liam O'Dwyer, DCU Library
Wednesday 21st June, 11:00-11.30 Online
This session will provide an introduction to the Charles J. Haughey collection. Charles J. Haughey (1925-2006) was a leading Fianna Fáil politician who led four governments while serving as Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland. Haughey’s 40-year political career spanned Ireland’s emergence from economic protectionism, the Northern Ireland conflict, European integration, economic modernisation, and changing public perception of politics.
The Charles J. Haughey Collection is being catalogued, preserved and digitised at DCU Library and is being progressively released for research on a phased basis. This presentation will give an overview of preservation, cataloguing and digitisation workflows, and share approaches with archive and collections management systems such as AtoM and Google Arts and Culture which are being used to provide access and usability of digital research collections.
Presented by: Killian Downing, DCU Library
Wednesday 21st June, 14:00-15.00 Online (Recorded)
DCU Library provides access to several EBSCOhost databases such as CINAHL, Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete and PsychInfo to name just a few. This course will show you how to effectively conduct systematic literature searches using these resources.
At the end of this session, you will be able to :
- Plan an appropriate search strategy using a trusted framework
- Perform Title and Abstract searches on EBSCOhost
- Use Subject Headings (thesauri) for authoritative search results
- Save, email & export search results
- Find additional support on EBSCOhost research databases
Presented by: Richard Crookes, EBSCO
Thursday 22nd June, 11:00-12:00 Hybrid
Citation databases offer added value over other types of databases, in addition to providing bibliographic details of articles/papers they also provide details of cited articles and citing articles. This session will introduce you to Scopus and Web of Science, two of the largest multi-disciplinary citation databases available. We will highlight the main features of Scopus and Web of Science, and will demonstrate, amongst other things, how to track citations and set up citation alerts.
Presented by: Lisa Callaghan and Geraldine McNamara, DCU Library
Thursday 22nd June, 14:00-15:00 Online (Recorded)
In this webinar, the key features and ways of searching for peer reviewed biomedical literature using Embase will be presented using relevant examples. Embase is the world’s largest database of biomedical research and facts from published, peer-reviewed literature, in-press publications and conference abstracts from 1947 onwards. Embase contains more than 37 million articles from over 8,100 scientific journals in pharmacology and medicine, including about 2,900 journals not indexed in Medline. All articles are indexed in depth using Elsevier's own Life Science thesaurus Emtree.
Presented by: Dr Giulia Moncelsi, Elsevier