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Masters Dissertation Fair 2020

June 1 - June 5

To help get you started with researching and writing your dissertation the Academic Liaison Librarian and Study Advice Teams have put together a series of webinars.

These offer advice on all elements of your dissertation planning, searching for literature, and writing. From choosing a research methodology to using reference management tools, these friendly webinars are designed for you to get some tips from the experts and put your dissertation on track for success.

​There is no need to book, just follow the link to the appropriate session below. Please connect 5-10 minutes prior to the session to ensure your access is working correctly.

You can also book a 1-2-1 session with a Study Adviser or Academic Liaison Librarian. If you prefer self-paced online resources, we have a suite of guides and video tutorials on literature searching, dissertations and major projects. See the links below.

Dissertation webinars 1-5 June 2020

To join these informal sessions, just click on the link at the time stated:

Date Time Session details Click on the links below to join the webinars
Mon 1 June 11:00 – 12:00

Finalising your research question 

In the session we explore the importance of clear and achievable research questions and examine the process for developing an effective research question. Delivered by our Study Advice Team.

Join the finalising your research question webinar
Mon 1 June 14:00 – 15:00 Literature searching tips and tricks

In this session we’ll run through preparing for a search – thinking about keywords and identifying where to look for literature. We’ll then move on to techniques for constructing a comprehensive search, such as using search operators and truncation. Delivered by our Academic Liaison Librarian Team.

Join the literature searching tips and tricks webinar
Tue 2 June 11:00 – 12:00

Be more critical in your reading and writing 

This session is designed to give you tips and strategies for developing a critical approach to reading and structuring your writing. Delivered by our Study Advice Team.

Join the be more critical webinar
Tue 2 June 14:00 – 15:00 Reference management tools – EndNote vs Mendeley

You will be collecting potentially large numbers of references to write your dissertation, how can you manage them efficiently and cite them correctly? In this session we’ll introduce you to the two tools we support – EndNote and Mendeley – so that you can decide which is for you. Delivered by our Academic Liaison Librarian Team.

Join the reference management tools webinar
Wed 3 June 11:00 – 12:00

Writing your literature review 

This session will provide you with some tips and strategies on how to plan, structure and write up your literature review. Delivered by our Study Advice Team.

Join the writing your literature review webinar
Wed 3 June 14:00 – 15:00 No session this afternoon
Thu 4 June 11:00 – 12:00

Matching methodologies to research questions 

In the session we assess advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies. Also, we will explore how to develop and apply a comprehensive research methodology to a specific research project. Delivered by our Study Advice Team.

Join the matching methodologies to research questions webinar
Thu 4 June 14:00 – 15:00 Taking a systematic approach to your literature review

Every dissertation will include a literature review, but what if your dissertation is entirely literature-based? You will need to take a systematic approach to your search and analysis of the literature, and use a number of techniques usually employed for a systematic review. We will run through some these to help you take a structured approach to your research. Delivered by our Academic Liaison Librarian Team.

Join the taking a systematic approach to your literature review webinar
Fri 5 June 11:00 – 12:00

Writing your discussion 

This session will explore the key features of a discussion section and provide you with some tips for structuring and writing up your work. Delivered by our Study Advice Team.

Join the writing your discussion webinar
Fri 5 June 14:00 – 15:00 Using primary sources for your dissertation

Primary sources are a first-hand accounts of topic. They include speeches, diaries, letters, interviews, data sets, photographs and much more. Come along to this session for an introduction to finding online primary sources. Delivered by our Academic Liaison Librarian Team.

Join the using primary sources for your dissertation webinar

Details

Start:
June 1
End:
June 5
Website:
https://libguides.reading.ac.uk/masters-dissertation-fair

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