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, manage your research data according to best practice, and then publish your findings in the best possible channels. The University Library has created a comprehensive course consisting of five 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. We expect participants to partake in a discussion of correct use of sources, where we analyse selected cases of plagiarism, among other things. We further look at academic conduct in a broader context, with a particular emphasis on sharing of research data.
Date: 21 April 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 tailor the seminar to your needs as much 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.
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Humanities (25 April 12:15-15:00)
Social sciences (26 April 12:15-15:00)
Technology and natural sciences (28 April 9:15-11:00)
Medicine and health sciences (29 April 9:15-12:00)
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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)- See more at: https://uit.no/tavla/artikkel/430302/take_control_of_your_phd_journey_from_p_reflect#sthash.MvjCT4NQ.dpuf
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.
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Endnote basic (3 May 9:15-12:00)
Endnote advanced (10 May 9:15-12:00)
4. How to publish your research open access
As a PhD student, you want your research 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: 19 May 9:15-12:00
5. Manage your research data according to best practice
In this seminar, you will get an introduction into how to manage your research data according to best practice at all stages of your research project, starting with data management plans, and ending with archiving and sharing your data in suitable repositories. Good research data management and sharing is essential for scientific transparency and the increase and spread of knowledge. The competence and skills you acquire in this seminar will help you control your research project throughout your PhD studies, and they will make you well prepared to fulfill present and future requests from research funding agencies.
Date: 25 May 12:15-15:00