Writing a thesis is a long and winding journey. It requires competencies beyond those of your chosen topic. You must be able to find the best literature for your project, review the existing literature, use this literature according to academic norms, and then publish your findings in the best possible channels. The University Library has created a comprehensive course consisting of four independent, yet interrelated, seminars, specifically targeted at PhD students.
Below you will find the seminars we offer. Note that you do not have to attend all of them: Register to seminars according to the time you have available, your interests and your prior knowledge.
1. Think like an academic – work like an academic
The first seminar is an introduction to the issue of academic integrity and plagiarism in academia. We expect students to partake in a discussion of selected cases of academic misconduct. We will look at what is considered unethical in each case, and on a more general level, why academia depends on being trusted by society. We also offer an introduction to data management plans, which help you control your research data throughout your PhD studies.
Date: 27 October 12:15-15:00
2. Search like an expert
Have you ever had that nagging feeling that there might be some publications out there that you have missed in your literature searches? That there are databases out there that perhaps could help your literature review work – if you only knew how to use them?
This seminar focuses on doing systematic literature searches and how to use scientific databases. To make the seminar as tailor made for you as possible, we have created four different versions, all dependent on which discipline you are researching. (You are of course welcome to join any of these if the timing suits you better.)
Read more and sign up here for:
Humanities (28 October 12:15-15:00)
Medicine and health sciences (28 October 09:15-12:00)
Technology and natural sciences (29 October 09:15-11:00)
Social sciences (29 October 12:15-15:00)
(PhD students in law will have a separate course later in the semester. For more information, please contact Bente Stenhaug)
3. Manage your references with EndNote
When your references keep piling up, you need to work out a system that can handle large amounts of references and make it easy for you to retrieve them when necessary. EndNote is a reference management tool that makes this aspect of your writing process a piece of cake.
In this seminar, we teach you how to make the most of EndNote in your PhD studies. We offer one introductory course, where we focus on the basic functionalities of EndNote, such as creating an EndNote library and entering references into a Word document, and one course for advanced users, where we focus on aspects of EndNote facilitating sharing, organising and publishing references.
Select a date and sign up here:
EndNote basic (3 November 09:15-12:00)
EndNote advanced (11 November 09:15-12:00)
4. How to publish your research open access
As a PhD student, you want your articles and research data to be disseminated and made accessible to as many as possible. This seminar gives an introduction to open access publishing and explains its advantages, both for the researcher and for society. You will also receive information about the UiT Publication Fund and how to assess the quality of various open access publishers.
Date: 17 November 09:15-12:00