• Going For Gold

    It’s Back!
    It’s Bigger!
    It’s Better!
    It’s Going for Gold!

    Yes, this year’s dissertation students will have more help than ever before with researching, organising, writing and formatting their dissertation and can still receive a FREE cover and dissertation binding from the Copy Shop!

    So if you’re a third year and need help with your dissertation, are not sure where to find information, or don’t feel like you don’t know even where to start, then ‘Going for Gold’ is for you.

    Here’s how it works: Over the coming weeks the GfG team will be running timetabled sessions to take you through subjects like finding information using our online resources, effectively searching the internet, using Mendeley, and Dissertation Formatting.

    Attend three sessions and collect three stamps (one of which must be Dissertation Formatting) on your ‘Going for Gold’ card* and you will receive a free set of covers and binding for one of your dissertation copies. **

    • When will they be? We’ve set up sessions on a variety of days and times to try and suit as many different timetables as possible. To see the full timetable, click on each session below
    • Where do I go? Check the timetable on the booking page for all sessions.
    • How do I book?  Reserve a place by clicking on the links provided for each session (you must be logged in as a student).

    Places are allocated on a first come first served basis; book early to avoid disappointment.

    Remember, to qualify for your free set of covers and binding you’ll need at least 3 stamps on your card, one of which must be Dissertation Formatting.

    Book now! Go for Gold with your dissertation!

    GfG team: Steven Gunard and Mersedes Farjad

  • Dissertation Formatting

    With: Mersedes Farjad (ITTS)
    Where: ITTS Training Room (W109)

    This session will cover essentials of using Word to format your dissertation professionally.  We cover topics such as;

    • Structure and document layout of the dissertation
    • Insert table of contents
    • Create front cover
    • Alternate page numbering (Roman numerals and controlling page numbers)
    • Inserting captions and inserting table of figures
    • Working with tables
    • Sorting references in alphabetical order

    At the end of the session you will end up with a dissertation template ready to use!

    Session duration: 2.5 hours

  • Discovery (Academic Journal Databases)

    With: Steven Gunard (Library)
    Where: W304

    How to use the powerful, but easy to use, search tools in Discovery to find quality information to inform your dissertation and use in your literature review.

    Session duration: 30 minutes

  • Discovery+

    With: Steven Gunard (Library)
    Where: W304

    For those that are already familiar with Discovery we explore ways to expand your searching using Boolean Logic and other advanced search strategies that will take your research to the next level.

    Session duration: 30 minutes

  • Effective Internet Searching

    With: Steven Gunard (Library)
    Where: W304

    How to get the best out of Google searching for academic work, including how to ensure that what you find is suitable to use.

    Session duration: 30 minutes

  • Organising Your Information

    With: Steven Gunard (Library)
    Where: W304

    ‘OK, I’ve found a load of stuff, now what do I do with it?!’

    New to last year’s ‘Going for Gold’ programme it fills that awkward gap between finding stuff and actually writing up your dissertation.

    Session duration: 30 minutes

  • Mendeley

    With: Steven Gunard (Library)
    Where: W304

    What is Mendeley? What can I use it for? How do I install it?

    We’ll cover as much as we can in 30 minutes to get you up and running with managing your PDFs, referencing, annotating and generally getting those pesky PDFs in order!

    Session duration: 30 minutes