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Training and guides for researchers

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 Training courses

If you are a new member of academic staff, your Subject Librarian will contact you to arrange a one-to-one training session tailored around your research interests. 

Group training sessions, such as on the use of EndNote or updating sessions on new resources are also offered.

Information Services runs a series of IT training courses. For more details, please contact insrvEducation

A selection of online resources, tutorials, guides and workshops to help you develop your literature review skills, avoid information overload, stay up-to-date and get your research known is available on the information literacy web pages.

Information Services also offers training via the University Graduate College (contact UGC@cardiff.ac.uk) and research staff training programmes (visit the research staff training website).

Graduate Centre training opportunities for research students are also available within the Research Students' Skills Development Programme. 

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 Self-help guides

A wide range of guides and leaflets is available in print format in the libraries as well as online. Topics covered include: 

  • Copyright and data protection, 
  • How to use databases, 
  • IT user guides, 
  • Critical appraisal of the healthcare literature

 and many more.

There are in-house eLearning training guides available to you, including EndNote and citing references tutorials.

The University has published guidance on Managing Research Records and Data.

You can also see the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

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 Online tutorials

INTUTE's Virtual Training Suite provides free Internet tutorials to help you learn how to get the best from the Web for your education and research.

MANTRA: Research Data Management Training is a free practical online tutorial designed for PhD students and early career researchers to assist with research data management.

MyRI is an open access toolkit to support bibliometrics training and awareness - MyRI includes a free online tutorial introducing bibliometrics, journal rankings and how bibliometrics can support your career and research strategy.

How to get the best from Google Scholar: 5 top tips is a video tutorial from Cardiff University - tips include how to set up access to Cardiff ejournals from Google Scholar searches and how to import results into EndNote.

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 Resources from organisations who support research and researchers

Research Information Network (RIN) was set up in 2005 to lead and co-ordinate the provision of research information in the UK. It has commissioned studies on researchers use of information and topical issues including open access publishing. RIN has brought together resources aimed at researchers including general resources, social networking, funding, and subject-specific websites.

Times Higher Education Supplement now has free access to articles, including its archive of news.