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The Library is holding a Dissertation and Thesis Festival from 11 – 15 March 2024, aiming to support students to use library resources for dissertation and thesis success.
To create the programme, we’ve collaborated with Digital Skills, IAD, Library Research Support and the Centre for Research Collections, as well as external publishers and other libraries including the NLS.
Key themes for sessions in this year’s Festival include:
Using generative AI for literature-based research
Using Film in Research
Getting started with NVivo
Expert searches for systematic reviews
Discover Overton : the world’s largest searchable index of policy documents
Most sessions will be delivered online and will also be recorded, making them accessible to online only students and students unable to attend live sessions due to study or work commitments.
In addition Festival sessions are complemented by modules in the LibSmart online course which can be undertaken at any time to build student knowledge and skills in library-based research.
Click here for the Dissertation and Thesis Festival programme details.
The Academic Support Librarian team have put together a subject guide on how to diversify your teaching, which aims to give staff and tutors an introduction on where to start with diversification, decolonisation and making your teaching and reading lists more EDI-friendly and aware. (EDI = Equality, Diversity & Inclusion).
You can access the guide here.
If you would like to read more about diversification, take a look at the recent Times Higher Ed article by Rowena Arshad, professor emerita at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, IECS, University of Edinburgh.
Want to find out more about the digital library resources available to research your dissertation question? Interested in learning how to manage the bibliographic and research data you’ve found? Thought about making your dissertation something special by using the fantastic collections available at the Centre for Research Collections?
Join us at the Dissertation Festival for a programme of online and in-person events, and learn what the Library can do for you to help you succeed with your dissertation. Our programme will include sessions by University teams and external suppliers. The in-person events include “Using pre-1900 printed sources”, at the CRC on November 1st, at 2.30pm, and “An Introduction to Collections Handling”, at the CRC on November 3rd, at 10.00am.
We wish all our new students a very happy Welcome Week, and extend a warm welcome to you and to all our returning students!
If you are new on-campus you will find these library orientation guides useful.
You can find the Library newsletters here.
You can find out about our Library skills self-enrol course on Learn, called Libsmart, here.
You can find out about our upcoming Dissertation Festival 2022 here. It runs from 31 October – 4 November.
If you have any questions about the Library services, or would like to arrange a 1-2-1 meeting with a librarian, take a look at the list of your academic support librarians here and make contact.
The Academic Support Librarian team and colleagues across the Library services have produced a series of modules which students can work through at their own pace, via our VLE (virtual learning environment), Learn. LibSmart 1 launched last September and helped many new students learn how to navigate to, and make the most of, the library resources available to them.
Now for 2021/22 we have launched LibSmart 2, which features new modules on specific subjects, such as ‘Finding and using digital images’, ‘Digital primary sources and digital scholarship’, and ‘Special Collections fundamentals’.
You can access more information about the LibSmart 1 and 2 modules here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/help-consultancy/rm-and-consultancy/academic-support-librarians/libsmart
Have a question about the library services or collections? Contact your academic support librarian.
Did you know that you can take an online course to improve your library search skills, using LinkedIn Learning? Just go to your account on MyEd, then: Students should choose Studies > Study Tools > Build your skills > LinkedIn Learning. Staff members should choose Services > Staff Development > LinkedIn Learning.
Once you have logged into LinkedIn Learning, search for the “Information Literacy” course, and work through it at your own pace.
For more information about LinkedIn Learning, go to https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/help-consultancy/is-skills/linkedin-learning