Skip to main content
The University of Edinburgh home
Show/hide site search
Information Services

Making the Most of Your Dissertation

Welcome


Dissertation Week is all about how the Library can support the student dissertation experience: from exploring what library resources are available to support a research question, to managing the bibliographic and research data students find. During the week a series of events will highlight the training, support and resources we offer to our undergraduate and taught postgraduate students undertaking their dissertations, as well as staff supervising dissertations.

Dissertation Fair 14th Nov 2019

Come to the Dissertations Fair event on Thursday 14th November, at the Main Library (ML1.07), where you can:

  • Make your dissertation something special: find out about the fantastic collections available at the Centre for Research Collections
  • Discover the full range of digital resources that you can access via the University
  • Take the first steps to learn new skills in managing your bibliographic references and your research data

Who will be at the Fair?

Registration at: https://edin.ac/34Oi3PH

(*) Attending and presenting.   

Running alongside will be a series of presentations on library services and digital resources. 
Registration at: https://edin.ac/36dpq4A

10:00 – 10:50

Exploring ProQuest Primary and Secondary Resources to Improve your Dissertation 
Ali Nazari-Nouri, ProQuest

11:00 – 11:50

Using primary sources to improve your dissertation -  
Dr Laura Blomvall, of Adam Matthew

13:30 – 16:30

Dissertation Fair 

13:10 – 14:00

#WeHaveGreatStuff
Rachel Hosker, Deputy Head of Special Collections, Archives Manager at The University of Edinburgh

13:15 – 13:45

Fake News vs Real News: Discovering News Sources

14:10 – 15:00

Sage Research Methods: What every researcher needs 
Jordan Brooks, SAGE

15:10 – 16:00

Gale Primary Sources for your Dissertation: Archives and Platform 
Martin McCall and Carolyn Beckford from Gale

Disseration Week Blog

Not sure how to approach your undergraduate dissertation?

These five tips may be just what you need. They've been written for by Francesca Triggs who graduated with a Chinese MA (Hons) degree in 2017. With thanks to the School of Languages, Literature and Cultures for sharing this video.  

Undergraduate dissertation tips video

Getting Beyond Google Scholar – great tools to help you find information for your dissertation

Are you planning on consulting Google Scholar to find literature for your dissertation? While it is very easy to use and can be a good place to start, particularly since you can set it to retrieve what we have in the Library, it does have its limitations. As its coverage is not clear, you cannot be sure just what you might be missing with Google. Which is where the Library can help!

Details from the ceiling space of the McEwan Hall

Dissertation Fair 14th Nov

As part of our Dissertation Week (11-15 Nov), we are holding a Dissertation Fair on Thurs 14 Nov at the Main Library. The Fair highlights the range of resources and support available across the University, including the Institute for Academic Development, IS Digital Skills and more.

The Dissertation Fair is open to all students (13:30-16:30) to allow you to discover the wealth of library collections and resources available to support you with your dissertation research 

A staff preview event is also available 10:00-12:00 on the same day.

Dissertation Fair 14th Nov

Making the Most of Your Dissertation Week

For the first time at the University of Edinburgh Library we are planning to hold a Dissertation Week in November 11-15 2019. This week is all about how the Library can support the student dissertation experience : from exploring what library resources are available to support a research question, to managing the bibliographic and research data students find. During the week a series of events will highlight the training, support and resources we offer to our undergraduate and taught postgraduate students undertaking their dissertations, as well as staff supervising dissertations.

Making the Most of Your Dissertation Week

What's On

11 Nov

12:10 – 13:00

 

(Online) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote (Open)
Online via Collaborate

 

14:00 – 16:00

 

Digital Primary Sources for Culture, Data and Society (Open)
Digital Scholarship Centre, 6th Floor, Main Library

12 Nov

13:15 – 13:45

 

How to Reference and Avoid Plagiarism (Open)
Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library,  King's Buildings

 

14:30 – 16:30

 

Working with Personal and Sensitive Data (RDS003) @ KB (PG,Staff)
Murchison House, Room G.10 (Kings Buildings)

 

17:15 – 18:45

 

Start Thinking About Dissertations and Projects (Open)
Room G.05, 50 George Square (Central Area)

13 Nov

10:00 – 12:00

 

Study Resources for Literature Reviews (Open) (IS Digital Skills)
Main Library, ML1.08

 

11:45 – 12:45

 

(Online) Get the Best From Your Library for Dissertations
Online via Collaborate Ultra

 

12:30 – 13:00

 

Library Clinic @ King's Buildings (Open)
Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library, Helpdesk

 

13:00 – 13:30

 

Library Clinic @ King's Buildings (Open)
Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library, Helpdesk

 

15:00 – 16:00

 

Data Mindfulness: Making the Most of your Dissertation (RDS009)
Main Library ML1.10

 

16:00 – 17:00

 

Data Mindfulness: Making the Most of your Dissertation (RDS009)
Main Library ML1.10

14 Nov

09:30 – 12:30

 

Introduction to Visualising Data in QGIS (RDS012)
Main Library ML1.08, George Square

 

10:00 – 10:50

 

Exploring ProQuest Primary and Secondary Resources to Improve your Dissertation - Ali Nazari-Nouri, ProQuest
Main Library ML1.09

 

10:00 – 12:00

 

Dissertation Fair Preview (Staff)
Main Library, ML1.07

 

11:00 – 11:50

 

Using primary sources to improve your dissertation -  Dr Laura Blomvall, of Adam Matthew
ML1:09 Main Library (First Floor) (Central Area)

 

13:30 – 16:30

 

Dissertation Fair (Open)
Main Library, ML1.07

 

13:10 – 14:00

 

We Have Great Stuff - Rachel Hosker, Deputy Head of Special Collections, Archives Manager at The University of Edinburgh
Main Library ML1.09

 

13:15 – 13:45

 

Fake News vs Real News: Discovering News Sources
Main Library, ML1.10

 

14:10 – 15:00

 

Sage Research Methods: What every researcher needs - Jordan Brooks, SAGE
Main Library, ML1.09

 

15:10 – 16:00

 

Gale Primary Sources for your Dissertation: Archives and Platform - Martin McCall and Carolyn Beckford from Gale
Main Library, ML1.09

15 Nov

11:00 – 12:00

 

Library Academic Support Drop In for Divinity
School of Divinity Foyer

 

12:00 – 13:00

 

(Online) Managing the Literature in Systematic Reviews (UG,PG,Staff)
Online via Collaborate

 

(Online - IAD) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote 
This session covers using Endnote to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

Time: 12:10 - 13:00 

Location: Online (via Collaborate Ultra)

Register here 


 

Psalter from Ireland or Scotland 

Image shows detail from a 11thC psalter. © The University of Edinburgh.

Digital Primary Sources for Culture, Data and Society

The last decade has seen a huge growth in the availability of digital primary source and archive databases, and Edinburgh University Library’s collections have kept pace with this by subscribing to a wide range of digital primary source content.

Caroline Stirling will take you on a tour of tools and resources to discover the landscape of subscriptions digital primary source databases at the University of Edinburgh.

Christine Love-Rodgers will talk about how these resources are identified and trialled to make a business case for their purchase.

Finally, Martin McCall from Gale will introduce you to a new tool available to you from the Library, Gale Digital Scholar Lab, a cloud-based platform that enables students and researchers to access content and OCR data from Gale Primary Sources and analyse these archives with text and data mining tools.

Caroline Stirling is the Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology and Social and Political Science.

Christine Love-Rodgers is College Lead for Library Academic Support, CAHSS and Academic Support Librarian for Divinity.

Time: 14:00 - 16:00 

Location: Digital Scholarship Centre, 6th Floor, Main Library

Book a place here 

 

How to Reference and Avoid Plagiarism (Digital Skills)

This 30 min session looks at referencing. Topics covered include:

  • What is a citation and referencing and  why do I need it?
  • Tools to help you: Cite Them Right Online,EndNote.  

Time: 13:15 - 13:45

Location: King's Buildings 

Register here 


 

Working with Personal and Sensitive Data (Staff and Postgraduates)

Researchers today are pressured to share their research data and make it accessible to other researchers. But what if you have collected sensitive or confidential data?

For many researchers, the sensitivity of research data is one of the main barriers to data sharing. Fear of violating ethical or legal obligations, lack of knowledge about disclosure control and the time required to anonymise data to a suitable standard often prevent valuable datasets from seeing the light of day.

In this course, we introduce how to collect, share, store, and protect the sensitive data you may encounter as part of your work.

Time: 14:30 - 16:30

Location: Room G.10, Murchison House (King's Buildings) 

Register here 


Start Thinking About Dissertations and Projects (IAD) 

Moving from essays and assignments to larger based project work such as dissertations can often feel like a step into the unknown. This workshop will help to clarify dissertation/project expectations and provide practical strategies that you can use to optimise your dissertation experience. Specifically it will cover:

• What does a dissertation/project look like?
• How do I choose a topic?
• How do I write a literature review?
• How do I bring everything together into a coherent thesis?

This session will not cover:
• Subject or discipline-specific advice
• English Language advice

Time: 17:15 - 18:45

Location: Room G.05, 50 George Square (Central Area) 

Register here 

Study Resources for Literature Reviews (Digital Skills)

iSkills Seminar. This seminar will help you to identify appropriate abstracting and indexing (or bibliographic) databases for topics you need to investigate. Bibliographic databases summarise the content of academic journals and conference proceedings for particular subjects, helping you quickly find what's been published on a topic you're investigating. They are one of the resources you need to produce a successful literature review. This seminar will cover search techniques and will also provide help on getting hold of what you want to read. The presentation and handout for this seminar are available from the link below.

The course materials for this seminar are available to download from our Documents' Catalogue: Study Resources for Literature Reviews course materials.

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 

Location: Main Library ML1.08

Register here


Get the Best From Your Library for Dissertations (IAD) 

Do you want to know more about how the library can help you produce a high quality dissertation? What research materials are available? How to get help with referencing and organising your reading?

Join us for this online session and find out what research resources you can find through the library and what support and services are available to help you put together a great piece of work, whatever your subject.

This is an opportunity to ask questions you might feel like you ought to already know the answer to. It's never too late to learn more about what the library can do for you - we're here to help.

Time: 11:45 - 12:45 

Location: Online (via Collaborate Ultra)

Register here


​Data Mindfulness: Making the Most of your Dissertation (RDS009)

This course is specifically tailored for UG students starting to prepare their dissertation projects. It takes UG students through all the stages of their dissertation journey: from choosing their question to dealing with literature and data to writing up to preserving their data after submission. Unlike existing material for postgraduates and researchers, this course has been prepared – and will be delivered – by one of our PhD interns from the perspective of a student; and it places data management tips within the broader experience of conducting a UG dissertation.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will have learned:

  1. What a dissertation is; and what the steps in conducting their dissertation research process are likely to be. We will also cover how a dissertation is structured and why; and also how to choose appropriate data for answering your research question.
  2. Recognise and understand the importance of data management for their dissertation project; and how this will enable them to produce better pieces of research.
  3. How to use referencing managers to organise and cite their literature.
  4. Where to store their data and how to back up their work.
  5. What sensitive data is and what ethical considerations they should think of when dealing with it.
  6. How to keep track of different versions while writing up.
  7. Understand the use and importance of data repositories.

Time: Session 1. 15:00 - 16:00  Register here  Session 2 (repeat of Session 1) 16:00 - 17:00 Register here

Location: Main Library ML1.10

 

 

Exploring ProQuest Primary and Secondary Resources to Improve your Dissertation  - Ali Nazari-Nouri, Proquest

Join Ali Nazari-Nouri, Training and Consulting Partner at ProQuest, to learn about the wide variety of primary and secondary sources that are available at the University of Edinburgh and how you could utilise these resources to explore and collate the necessary information for your dissertation.  

Time: 10:10 - 11:00 

Location: Main Library, ML1.09

Register here


Using Primary Sources to Improve Your Dissertation - Dr Laura Blomvall, Adam Matthew

Critical engagement with primary sources is an essential component of a successful dissertation in arts and humanities. As a student at Edinburgh you have access to films, diaries, theatre records, historical newspapers and government files from archives around the world through Adam Matthew Digital primary source collections, covering periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

Dr Laura Blomvall, Product Specialist in the Outreach team of Adam Matthew, will talk you through Edinburgh’s collections, from Shakespeare’s Globe Archive to Service Newspapers of World War Two, from Foreign Office Files for China to Literary Print Culture, from Mass Observation Online to Eighteenth-Century Journals. She will give you tips on how to navigate archival material online and how to use primary sources to enrich, enliven and expand your dissertation.

Time: 11:00 - 11:50 

Location: Main Library, ML1.09

Register here

 


Dissertation Fair 

Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Location: Main Library, ML1.07

Register here


 

We Have Great Stuff - Rachel Hosker, Deputy Head of Special Collections, Archives Manager at The University of Edinburgh

The University holds a vast range of rare/unique material including manuscripts and archives, rare books, photographs, printed and handwritten music, theses and microforms. Hear more about the University's Collections and the interesting ways they have been used. 

Centre for Research Collections

Time: 13:10 - 14:00 

Location: Main Library, ML1.09

Register here 


Fake News vs Real News: Discovering News Sources (Digital Skills)

Time: 13:15 - 13:45 

Location: Main Library, ML1.10

Register here


Sage Research Methods: What every researcher needs  - Jordan Brooks, SAGE

SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Resources range from books and reference, to case studies, academic video, and exclusive research tools. Join Jordan Brooks from SAGE Publishing to find out more about how you can make the most of this resource for your own research activities!

Time: 14:10 - 15:00 

Location: Main Library, ML1.09

Register here


Gale Primary Sources for your Dissertation: Archives and Platform - Martin McCall and Carolyn Beckford from Gale

The University of Edinburgh has access to a fantastic collection of primary source archives from Gale, covering centuries of content. Including, historical newspapers from the British Library, as well as The Times, The Economist and The Daily Mail, literature drama and plays from the 18th and 19th centuries and thematic collections such as the Archives of Sexuality and Gender.

As part of Dissertation Week at the Library, Martin McCall and Carolyn Beckford from Gale, will introduce a number of these archives as well the Gale Primary Sources platform, where these archives are cross-searchable. The Gale Primary Sources platform greatly enhances the research experience for students and researchers by broadening their discovery of primary source documents through the use of multiple search options and powerful research tools, such as:

Topic Finder – which allows users to explore the frequency of one or more search terms in the content over time, which can suggest the changing importance of particular concepts over time

Term Frequency – where  users can discover related terms that commonly occur in relation to their own search term, which helps uncover hidden connections, or can be a helpful starting point in the early stages of research.

Time: 15:10 - 16:00 

Location: Main Library, ML1.09

Register here 

Library Academic Support Drop In

Time: 11:00 -12:00 

Location: School of Divinity Foyer

Registration: coming soon 


Managing the Literature in Systematic Reviews (UG,PG,Staff)

Systematic reviews require comprehensive searches and rigorous management of publications screened and included in analysis. This session introduces practical and robust approaches and tools for searching and managing the literature in systematic reviews. Before you register, it's worth checking that you are really needing to do a systematic review - see for example "What is a systematic review?" from EPPICentre: https://eppi.ioe.ac.uk/cms/Default.aspx?tabid=67

Time: 12:00 -13:00 

Location: Online (via Collaborate Ultra)

Register here

Monday 11 Nov

(Online - IAD) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote 
This session covers using Endnote to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

Time: 12:10 - 13:00 

Location: Online (via Collaborate Ultra)

Register here 


Wednesday 13th Nov

Get the Best From Your Library for Dissertations 

Do you want to know more about how the library can help you produce a high quality dissertation? What research materials are available? How to get help with referencing and organising your reading?

Join us for this online session and find out what research resources you can find through the library and what support and services are available to help you put together a great piece of work, whatever your subject.

This is an opportunity to ask questions you might feel like you ought to already know the answer to. It's never too late to learn more about what the library can do for you - we're here to help.

Time: 11:45 - 12:45 

Location: Online (via Collaborate Ultra)

Register here

More information aimed at Online learners:
Resources to support your learning  http://edinburgh-uk.libguides.com/micromasters
Library Services 


Friday 15th Nov

Managing the Literature in Systematic Reviews (UG,PG,Staff)

Systematic reviews require comprehensive searches and rigorous management of publications screened and included in analysis. This session introduces practical and robust approaches and tools for searching and managing the literature in systematic reviews. Before you register, it's worth checking that you are really needing to do a systematic review - see for example "What is a systematic review?" from EPPICentre: https://eppi.ioe.ac.uk/cms/Default.aspx?tabid=67

Time: 12:00 -13:00 

Location: Online (via Collaborate Ultra)

Register here

Loading ...

Contact Us

For more information please get in touch