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Research Seminars at Leicester 2016/17

One of the best ways to find out about new research in your field is to attend a regular research seminar. Speakers present new work before it is published, and allow the audience to ask questions and discuss their findings. Seminars are also a great way to meet new people from inside and outside the university. 

There are many regular seminars at Leicester that PhD students can attend. You may already know about the one run by your department, but it is worth having a look at others, especially given the strong push for interdisciplinary research. Venturing outside your usual field can stimulate new ideas for your own research project. 

Below is a list of active seminars for 2016/17. If anyone would like to be included in this list, email me (wjbf1@le.ac.uk) and I will update.  


Archaeology Full program Time: Wednesdays, meet in School Foyer at 16:30. 
Cardiovascular Sciences Full program
Chemistry Further info.
The next seminar will be on Wednesday 23rd November. Prof. Sarnjeet Dhesi from Dia…

Reference Management: EndNote or RefWorks?

Not sure what reference management or bibliographic software is?

Watch our short introduction:



At the University of Leicester we provide access and support for two software packages:

EndNote
RefWorks

Both packages allow you to collect and store references, have a Word toolbar to insert citations and bibliographies and to store and annotate PDFs.
Why might you prefer EndNote?It is very popular in certain subjects and you might find that your colleagues/supervisors are using it.If you wish to use the Law referencing style OSCOLA then you will need to use EndNote.If you are using a footnote style that requires short titles - EndNote can be customised better for this than RefWorks, and has a wider range of reference types.Be aware - the University license only covers the use of the EndNote desktop software on university owned computers. You can sync your desktop version with an online account to use at home, but the online account has less features than the desktop version. Why might you p…

Finding our training

I had some feedback last week that searching PROSE is not the easiest way to find out what library training is on offer.

We sympathise with you! An alternative is to look at the list of training on our Researchers page

Or you can look at brand new guide to the Postgraduate Researcher Workshop Programme

If you have any questions about the training please email Selina or myself: librarians@le.ac.uk



IT Software & Training for Researchers

Our colleagues in IT Services offer software and training that may be of interested to researchers:

Work off-campus - instructions on accessing email, files and installing Office on your own machine.

Programs for home use - information on software you can install at home for free or at a discount, such as NVivo, SAS and SPSS

Research computing facilities - for those that might need high performance computing, wikis or filedrop services

Help & training - they run training courses on a variety of Office programs. We would highly recommend the Word - Long Document Essentials training to anyone writing a thesis.

If you will need to use software packages to analysis statistics or data then we suggest you look at the Research Methods & Methodologies training available from our colleagues in Researcher Development.

And don't forget that the library also runs lots of training for researchers too!