Hosted annually by UCT libraries, the Savvy Researcher is a collective series of seminars and workshops aimed at postgraduate students. The series targets all aspects of the postgraduate experience, covering numerous topics that feed into the research cycle. The Savvy Researcher Series will make its 2015 debut on Thursday 5 March 2015 and run for the rest of the semester every Thursday from 15h00 – 16h30 in the Ulwazi training room in the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.
For bookings, click on the title of the talk you wish to attend.
Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates
This workshop will help you with academic writing in all disciplines.
Sarah Middleton (UCT Writing Centre)
An introduction to Refworks
Learn to use RefWorks, an online reference tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate bibliographies in the citation styles of your choice. This workshop will help you set up a RefWorks account, get information into RefWorks, create, organise and share folders, create a bibliography and use Write-n-Cite.
UCT has a site license for RefWorks, and all UCT staff and students may registerto use it.
An introduction to EndNote
EndNote is a bibliographic management tool for publishing and managing of citations and references. Endnote desktop is a proprietary software tool and is compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems. EndNote Basic is entirely web-based and can be accessed from any computer with internet access, and can be synchronized with EndNote desktop. The advantage of Endnote is that you can work without an internet connection. If you work extensively with Web of Science databases, EndNote is the best tool, as it was developed by the same company – Thomson Reuters. It also works very well with PubMed. At present Endnote is not compatible with Linux.
Dianne Steel & Tamzyn Suliaman
What Google Scholar can do for you
The Internet is here to help! There are a number of online tools to help with your discovery of library resources. This session is meant to help you learn to Google Scholar for library resources to your greatest advantage.
An introduction to Mendeley
Mendeley is a reference management software. This introductory session will provide a basic overview of the features available on Mendeley and equip users to get started.
The session will cover setting up and managing your Mendeley database, sharing references and creating and reference lists (Cite-O-Matic).
Where does Insight Come From? (Fostering serendipity in research)
Research is sometimes presented as a linear, step-by-step, rather mechanical process. It is presented in this way because it is easy to teach in this way, and easy to explain or draft into a proposal to funders.
Good research, ground breaking research, on the other hand, seldom actually follows such a path.
Instead, it stems from moments of insight, from serendipitous encounters, unique to the individual who takes note of them.
This session is on how to conjure those moments and encounters.
Alex D’ Angelo
What is a Literature Review?
Writing a review of the relevant literature is a key component of many kinds of research texts. In this interactive workshop, we will demonstrate a number of strategies that model a viable approach to the complex literature review (LR) task. This session will provide an overview of the literature review and its place in a research project, thesis or dissertation, and demonstrate some strategies and resources for finding the information you need using UCT Libraries. Although the LR can be a daunting task, especially in heavily-researched areas, there is a silver lining; students typically emerge from the process as experts in their chosen fields of specialisation.
Alex D’ Angelo
Funding for your Postgraduate studies
This workshop will alert you to what funding is available for postgraduate students; inform you on how to apply and complete application form(s) and highlight deadlines and closing dates for 2016 funding.
Chantel Reed & Erica Van Wyk-Mias (Postgraduate Funding Office)
An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
This workshop provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and resources for those new to GIS.
Thomas Slingsby and Nicholas Lindenberg (GIS Lab)
Open Access and Open Scholarship
Do you find very interesting articles on the web, but when you want to access the full text, you realise that the article is stuck behind a paywall. Having no free access to the articles, means that your own research can be impeded. It also implies that research can’t be found and re-used.Open access is free, immediate and unrestricted online access to scholarly research.Find out how open access can assist you in your research journey.
Jill Claasen (Access & Visibility Services)
Making sense of Digital Humanities
A decade ago, the term “Digital Humanities” or “DH” was unheard of but now it is found everywhere: in the literature; on websites; blogs; conference presentations and in job descriptions. Digital Humanities appears in the latest top ten trends in academic libraries, alongside Research Data Management and Open Access.
The purpose of this webinar is to start a conversation about Digital Humanities. During the session, we will look at definitions of Digital Humanities, its history, DH projects, tools used, and how some libraries are getting involved.