Research Bites – summer 2018 programme

Research Bites is a programme of lunchtime briefings that occur over the summer to develop researchers professionally and personally. These sessions are organised by Information Services and RIS, but a number of academic/research staff also contribute. All the sessions take place on a Wednesday at 12.30 to 1.30. If you want please bring your lunch and a drink along.
The programme this summer is as follows:

EndNote 13 June Training Room 1, Library, Level 4
Fundamentals Introduction to the most commonly used EndNote functions including: import PDFs, import references from online databases, Find Full Text; and Cite While You Write to create in-text citations and a bibliography in a Word document. Sign up:

EndNote Advanced 20 June Training Room 1, Library, Level 4 

EndNote is the referencing software of choice for research projects and systematic reviews, but are you getting the best out of it? Come along to this session for hints and tips to make EndNote work harder to organise your references. We will look at de-duplication, customising your reference panel, annotating records and custom fields, using smart groups to filter references and other advanced features. If you would like a particular EndNote function to be included please contact in advance.

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Come and Play the Publishing Trap 27 June  Postgraduate Research Zone, Level 3, Library

The game’s main aim is to help academics and researchers understand that scholarly communication is a balancing act between the need to get published and make impact and to get your research out there in the wider world.

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How to manage your current research data 4 July  Training Room 1, Library, Level 4

There are many benefits to good data management but how do you look after your data here at Stirling?

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DMPOnline – a data management planning tool 11 July Training Room 1, Library, Level 4

The DMPOnline tool allows you to build a data management plan by answering a series of detailed questions, and has templates for each of the major UK

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Worktribe Outputs 25 July  or 15 August Training Room 2, Library, Level 4

This hands-on session will demonstrate how to populate your profile and add your outputs to Worktribe.

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Promoting your research: how to influence government policy and track your success, 1 August, Postgraduate Research Zone, Level 3, Library

Matt Francis, Public Affairs Manager, Communications & Marketing, will discuss ways you can promote your research to government and influence policy. Clare Allan, Senior Research Librarian, will give a brief refresher on using Altmetric, a tool that collates the online activity and policy mentions surrounding your research publications.

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Journal Club, 8 August, Postgraduate Research Zone, Level 3, Library, 

Science Journal Clubs are regular, short sessions in which a small group gets together to discuss the scientific literature. Usually one or a few papers are discussed per session, with the topics being chosen by the participants. Journal Clubs are a classic form of communication and training in Academia, and many research groups have regular meetings of this type. Although potentially useful to keep up with the literature or catch up with the classics, journal clubs can be a bit of a nuisance. Why should you organise or attend a Journal Club? When are they actually useful? How best to select the material for the Club?


In this session, we will talk about the costs and benefits of attending Journal Clubs. We will also exchange tips and advice on what makes a “good” journal club. The session is intended to be an informal chat in which participants exchange ideas and their own experience attending or organising journal clubs. It is open to everybody, staff or students. Whether you are a seasoned journal club organiser or a student just starting, we want to hear your thoughts. Journal Clubs can be a very fun and rewarding experience, and help you build your skills as a scientists, reviewer and writer!

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Vitae RDF and, 22 August, Postgraduate Research Zone, Level 3, Library

How can help my research development?

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Presenting Statistical Analysis for Publication, 29 August, Postgraduate Research Zone, Level 3, Library

When conducting quantitative research, researchers should be aware of many aspects of data collection and analysis: from appropriate statistical analysis and power calculations, to presenting the results appropriately. This session will concentrate on presenting the results appropriately for publication in refereed journals.

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