We hope you have had a productive start to the year, and are getting into the swing of your research!
There’s a great selection of workshops on in April if you need a little extra help. One highlight is the Postgrad Wellness Toolkit session on 19 April, themed this month around stress. Come along to learn some new tricks for managing the stress that inevitably accompanies a complex research project.
We also have the perennially-popular thesis formatting workshop BYO Text on 1 April. Bring your thesis document in MS Word, and let our expert facilitator Sue Knox help you to figure out your formatting issues. Even if you don’t have formatting issues, Sue can help you set up your document correctly to prevent them!
Don’t forget too that there are lots of public holidays this month. April 7, 10, 11, and 25 are all holidays for AUT. Many campus services will be closed; and Library hours will be reduced. We hope you can have a good break and enjoy a little R&R!
Postgraduate Research Workshops in April
|Thesis formatting: BYO text|
This practical, computer-based workshop is designed for research students who have started writing their dissertation/thesis in Microsoft Word and are having problems formatting their document. Note: You are encouraged to bring your work along; get hands-on assistance by solving your dilemmas.
|City campus||Sat 1 Apr, 9:00am – 1:00pm|
|Getting started with writing|
Focuses on strategies to help researchers digest reading in preparation for writing about what you’ve read. Participants try freewriting and mapping concepts as strategies to get words on the page and then create more structured writing.
|Online||Tue 4 Apr, 5:30pm – 7:30pm|
|Publishing your research|
This Library workshop will help you find relevant publications for your research. You will learn about the elements of a publishing strategy, how to find open access publishing options, and how to find and evaluate journals to publish in.
|Online||Wed 5 Apr, 9:00am – 10:30am|
|Thesis writing: Literature reviews|
An overview of the structure of literature reviews within a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse, discuss and relate text examples to their own writing. Systematic reviews are not covered.
Wed 5 Apr, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
|Getting started with library research|
A Library workshop for new AUT postgrads or those returning to study. We aim to give you a good understanding of the types of resources available from the Library and databases and/or search engines you may use in your literature research.
Wed 5 Apr, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
|Research through Format 2|
Learn about and discuss the specific requirements of completing a thesis via Format 2: including authorship requirements, conditions for the publications themselves, and how publications can be linked and contextualised.
|Online||Wed 5 Apr, 1:00pm – 3:00pm|
|Thesis writing: Introductions|
An overview of the structure of an Introduction section of a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse and discuss text examples and relate these to their own writing.
Thu 13 Apr, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
|Tools for editing your writing|
Introduces ProWritingAid as a tool for editing. Focuses on using statistics to examine draft writing. These statistics are related to choices about paragraph structure, and where to condense your writing or elaborate. Participants will have time to use the tool to edit their own work.
Wed 19 Apr, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
|Postgrad students’ wellness toolkit|
This session covers stress and worry, helping you better understand and manage these common postgraduate difficulties, and prevent stress from negatively impacting your wellbeing and academic performance (prevent burnout).
|Online||Wed 19 Apr, 2:00pm – 3:00pm|
|Connecting your research|
Explores how writers use language to connect to both past and future research. Participants will have time to analyse examples relevant to them and practice using common language patterns to clearly show readers how new research fits in to the wider field.
Wed 26 Apr, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
|Using Google Scholar|
This Library workshop covers how to get the most out of Google Scholar: searching, accessing full text, managing search results, exporting to reference managers, and other useful features. We will also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using Google Scholar to find academic literature.
|City campus||Wed 26 Apr, 1:00pm – 2:30pm|
|EndNote for researchers|
A Library workshop for postgraduate students and staff members. Learn to use EndNote software to collect, store, organise and cite your research literature. Please ensure you install EndNote on your device before attending. We will be using EndNote 20 for the workshop.
Thu 27 Apr, 10:00am – 11:30am
|Dimensions and Altmetric Explorer for researchers|
Dimensions provides multiple content types and a tool for analysing your scholarly impact. Altmetric Explorer helps you analyse the online attention your research outputs are receiving to build a broader picture of research impact.
|Online||Thu 27 Apr, 1:00pm – 2:30pm|
|Writing an abstract for a conference or symposium|
This workshop is designed for students who aim to present their research at a conference or symposium. It will cover the principles of writing an abstract for a presentation.
|Online||Thu 27 Apr, 1:00pm – 2:00pm|
|Systematically searching for health literature|
This Library workshop will take you through the literature searching process: developing a search strategy, searching health databases in a systematic way, and best practices for recording and managing results. Participants will have a chance to practise and ask questions.
|Online||Fri 28 Apr, 3:00pm – 4:30pm|
This Library workshop discusses what research impact is, and the importance of planning for and maximising the impact of your research. The workshop introduces various metrics and the citation analysis tools used for measuring research impact.
|Online||Fri 28 Apr, 3:00pm – 4:30pm|