Dissertation Week starts next week (11-15th Nov). Today we focus on the Dissertation Fair on Thursday 14th Nov. The Fair highlights the range of resources and support available across the University, including the Institute for Academic Development, IS Digital Skills and more. Come along to find out more.
Centre for Research Collections(*);
Library Academic Support; Institute for Academic Development; IS Digital Skills; Research Data Service
Adam Matthew(*); Gale(*); Proquest(*); SAGE Research Methods(*)
National Library of Scotland; National Museum Scotland Libraries
(*) Attending and presenting.
There are a number of presentations throughout the day.
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
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
Time: 13:30 – 16:30
We Have Great Stuff – Rachel Hosker, Deputy Head of Special Collections and 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.
Time: 13:10 – 14:00
Fake News vs Real News: Discovering News Sources (Digital Skills)
In this half hour session you will learn:
How to spot fake news and check your facts.
How to find trusted news sources provided by the University of Edinburgh.
Time: 13:15 – 13:45
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
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
More information at https://edinburgh-uk.libguides.com/dissertation