Service Description

All PhD (DEL and Council-funded) researchers / students must undertake at least 2 weeks training, annually. This is normally done as a combination of attending 'block training' events, ad hoc training sessions and departmental generic training. As part of this, the Research Development Programme Adviser (Staff Development Unit) manages a Generic Research Skills Training Programme which includes a half-day library course on developing information research skills to make the most effective use of the Library's available resources. The course is delivered by the relevant subject librarian(s) through a combination of presentations and practical hands-on skills development sessions for the participants.

The focus of this course is on the development of the skills necessary to identify, locate, evaluate and record quality information relevant to in-depth postgraduate research. By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Use the library guide for Researchers and the Faculty Subject Guides
  • Construct an effective search strategy
  • Identify and use relevant databases and e-journals
  • Critically evaluate sources of information
  • Identify current awareness services
  • Recognise different citation styles and the importance of recording all sources used and be aware of Refworks.
The course is run at the start of each semester and promoted by the Researcher Development Programme Lead but may be delivered at any time during the academic year depending on when new research students register to undertake their doctorate. Subject Librarians are dependent on being notified of when these new research students have completed the registration process.

Who can avail of the service?

All new PhD (DEL and Council-funded) research students will be invited to attend a library session as part of their training programme through the Staff Development Unit. New research students must have completed the registration process and have a student ID number and network password. Ulster University students and staff, or other fully registered borrowers, and to a lesser degree, members of the public.