Workshops and talks on research skills, strategies for publishing in academic journals, research alert, citation management, researcher identifier creating and research impact showcasing are provided to CUHK postgraduates, researchers and faculty members. In addition, discussion workshops such as successful presentations, thesis writing tips and scientific writing are also organized. Attendance proof may be issued on request.

Postgraduate Survival Skills Workshops

Sharpening Your Research Skills

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Exploring Research Information in Multi-disciplinary Databases

This workshop you will learn how to:

  • Use the two multi-disciplinary databases, EBSCOHost and ProQuest, to discover research information in your research field
  • Use the Advanced search features in the databases
  • Register for a free account to enjoy the personalized features and services
11 Jan 2024 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Completed
Discovering Scholarly Information with Scopus

This workshop you will learn how to:

  • Use Scopus to discover quality research information in your research field
  • Search with topic, keyword, author, author identifier, etc.
  • Find the citation counts of research papers
  • Set up alerts to receive the most updated information automatically by email
16 Jan 2024 (Tue)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Completed
Discovering Scholarly Information with Web of Science

This workshop you will learn how to:

  • Use Web of Science to discover quality research information in your research field
  • Search with topic, keyword, author, author identifier, etc.
  • Find the citation counts of research papers
  • Set up alerts to receive the most updated information automatically by email
17 Jan 2024 (Wed)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Completed
Finding Theses and Dissertations in Your Research Area

This workshop you will learn:

  • Why we need to search for theses
  • How to locate theses and dissertations from universities in:
    • Hong Kong (CUHK & other local universities)
    • China & Taiwan
    • Other Countries
19 Jan 2024 (Fri)
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Online Completed

Medium of Instruction: English
Enquiries: Email to eref@cuhk.edu.hk

Thesis Writing Tips

Capturing readers’ interest and communicating the significance of your research effectively can be challenging tasks. Do you want to enhance your writing skills in doing so?

Co-organized with The Independent Learning Centre (ILC), the Library is pleased to offer the following discussion workshops for research postgraduate students on finding theses, thesis introduction, thesis abstract, and Chinese thesis writing skills.

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Finding Theses and Dissertations in Your Research Area

This workshop you will learn:

  • Why we need to search for theses
  • How to locate theses and dissertations from universities in:
    • Hong Kong (CUHK & other local universities)
    • China & Taiwan
    • Other Countries

Medium of Instruction: English

19 Jan 2024 (Fri)
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Online Completed
Structuring a Thesis Introduction: How to Get Readers Hooked at the Beginning

Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Loong, Senior Lecturer, ILC

In this workshop, you will be introduced to steps for capturing your readers’ interest in your research topic, appreciating the significance of your research and understanding your research purpose. Specific language features which are commonly seen in thesis introductions will be discussed and practiced during the workshop.

Medium of Instruction: English

22 Jan 2024 (Mon)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
User Education Room, G/F, University Library Completed
Writing an Abstract for Your Thesis: How to Summarize Your Research in 500 Words

Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Loong, Senior Lecturer, ILC

You will learn how to summarize the most important information in your research as well as describe the most significant contributions that your research has made in a concise, readable and impressive manner. Both the structure and language of the thesis abstracts will be discussed during the workshop.

Medium of Instruction: English

24 Jan 2024 (Wed)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
User Education Room, G/F, University Library Completed
Intensive and Profound: Chinese Thesis Writing Skills

Speaker: Dr. Felix Chao, Senior Lecturer, ILC

If the thesis is not written and formulated in the right way, its key ideas will not be able to be communicated effectively. In this workshop, you will study the good language features of a thesis written in Chinese and learn how to avoid the common errors. You will also be introduced to the skills and choice of words for stating your research and theorizing your arguments. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how to write definitions for key terms, the introduction and the conclusion.

Medium of Instruction: Cantonese supplemented with Putonghua

1 Feb 2024 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Online Completed
Enquiries: Email to eref@cuhk.edu.hk

Reference Management Tools Series

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Program 1: Acknowledging the Sources – RefWorks Hands-on Experience

This workshop demonstrates how to use RefWorks, a web-based bibliography management tool, to produce bibliographies and in-text references in a variety of citation styles (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).

21 Feb 2024 (Wed)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Seminar Room, 1/F, University Library Completed
Program 2: Managing Reference Citations with EndNote 20

Demonstrates how to use EndNote 20, a tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references.

Topics covered:

  • How to import references into EndNote Desktop from LibrarySearch, databases and organize them
  • How to create an EndNote online account
  • How to produce bibliographies and in-text citations in a variety of styles (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) for your papers
26 Feb 2024 (Mon)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
User Education Room, G/F, University Library Completed

Winning Academic Presentation Skills

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Fluent and Successful: Oral Presentation Skills in Chinese

Speaker: Dr. Felix Chao, Senior Lecturer, ILC

In this workshop, you will learn about various types of oral presentations for academic purposes. You will discuss how to make the best use of the presentation format, and will examine the issues that you will need to pay attention to when presenting in Cantonese. You will also discuss the use of multimedia tools and how to deal with difficulties that you might experience during oral presentations.

Medium of Instruction: Cantonese supplemented with Putonghua

6 Mar 2024 (Wed)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Online Register
Poster Design and Presentation Skills for Postgraduate Students

Speaker: Dr. Paula Hodgson

This workshop covers poster design essentials to help you effectively present your research, both visually and orally, at poster presentation sessions. Through discussions and the analysis of samples, you will learn how to select content for your poster and communicate it effectively using visual aids. You will also explore key strategies to deliver your poster presentation and deal with questions.

Medium of Instruction: English

12 Mar 2024 (Tue)
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
User Education Room, G/F, University Library Register
Enquiries: Email to eref@cuhk.edu.hk

Researcher Workshop

The workshop information will be updated when available.

Digital Scholarship and Research Data Workshops (Feb-Jun 2024)

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Understanding Research Data Management

Research data management refers to the collection, analysis, archive, sharing, and reuse of research data. This workshop will introduce the principles in managing data, the practice of managing and depositing research data. It will also emphasize how sharing and reuse of research data can influence your research impact.

1 Feb 2024 (Thu)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(English session)
Online Register
A Quick Glance of Online Text Analysing Tools

This online workshop will introduce the concept of text analysis and a few examples of text analysis toolsAn online text analysing tool – Voyant Tools (http://www.voyant-tools.org/) will be demonstrated to give handy results of textual materials, no matter they are in text file or online. 

2 Feb 2024 (Fri)
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Online Register
Visualising Network Relationships with Gephi

Gephi is a free software for visualisation and exploration of graphs and networks.  This workshop will demonstrate the use of the software in turning your data into network graphs to discover hidden message. 

Remarks:
Participants are required to bring their own device with Gephi 0.10.1 (https://gephi.org/) and related plugins installed prior to the workshop for hands-on exercise. 

27 Feb 2024 (Tue)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Data Cleaning with OpenRefine (Hands-on)

OpenRefine is a tool for cleaning messy data, transforming it between formats, and extending it with web services and external data. This workshop will introduce the principles and the practice of data cleaning through hands-on exercise with OpenRefine. The applications of the exported data will be discussed.

Remarks:
Participants have to bring your own device with OpenRefine 3.7.7 installed.

28 Feb 2024 (Wed)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(English session)
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Effective Use of The CUHK Research Data Repository

The CUHK Research Data Repository is the University’s research data repository. It aims to facilitate CUHK researchers to deposit, publish, and curate their research data outputs and for the worldwide to discover, access, and reuse the data. This workshop will introduce the features of the CUHK Research Data Repository and the effective methods for better data self-management, including publishing and sharing data in the Repository, and depositing data for peer review.

12 Mar 2024 (Tue)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(English session)
Online Register
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Introduction to ArcGIS and QGIS for Digital Scholarship Projects 

The use of GIS software is effective in showcasing spatial-temporal relationships in research analysis.  This workshop will demonstrate the basic use of ArcGIS Pro and QGIS for spatial data display and perform simple spatial analysis with hands-on exercise.  

Remarks:
Both ArcGIS Pro and QGIS is available for use at the workstations in DS Lab.  For home practice: 

  • All attending participants will be given an ArcGIS account for hands-on practice and research/study use
  • QGIS is a free software that both PCs and iMacs versions are available and users can install for use (https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html) 
14 Mar 2024 (Thu)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Intermediate Python (7 sessions)

Invited speaker: Dr. Kwong-cheong WONG, Senior Lecturer, Data Science and Policy Studies Programme, CUHK

This workshop is intended for those who already have basic knowledge of Python programming (for example, those who attended the workshop Python for Beginners) and want to take their Python programming skills to the next level. Topics covered include: advanced string capabilities, advanced list capabilities, shortcuts, command line, packages, text formatting, and regular expressions. 

Remarks:
Participants are required to have Google account in using Google Colab and bring their own device for hands-on practice. 

16 May – 27 Jun 2024 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Medium of Instruction: Cantonese (except for those remarked); but English will be used if users require.
Enquiries:
Email to dslab@lib.cuhk.edu.hk

Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) Courses offered by Library

The Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) programme, organized by the Graduate School and the Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR), is a structured and cross-disciplinary framework which aims to facilitate the learning of research skills for all postgraduate students. It is highly recommended for postgraduate students to build a solid foundation for their postgraduate studies. All postgraduates are welcome to join!

Topics:

Discovering Research Information Skills Online Course

This is an online course available on Blackboard designed for ALL postgraduate students to learn the basic research skills.

Objective & Brief Description Enrollment Deadline Venue Registration
As a postgraduate student, you may want to equip yourself with the essential research skills. This online course is a great starting point! The CUHK librarians have developed this online module to enhance your research skills, particularly with postgraduate students in mind. After completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify keywords of your topic and formulate a search statement for searching resources;
  • Use LibrarySearch to search for resources, particularly theses;
  • Understand different types of library databases, and use Scopus to discover quality research information; and
  • Find a journal to publish in and increase the visibility of a published article.
Group 1 : 1 Sep 23 Self-learning online course on Blackboard Please register by the enrollment deadline for each group.

(All groups are identical. Please only register for one group)

Group 2 : 29 Sep 23
Group 3 : 27 Oct 23
Group 4 : 24 Nov 23
Group 5 : 5 Jan 24
Group 6 : 9 Feb 24
Group 7 : 15 Mar 24
Group 8 : 12 Apr 24

Certificate of Attendance will be issued if you:

  1. Completed the whole online course and the quiz at the end with at least 60% passing score (i.e. with at least 12 questions answered correctly out of 20 questions). There is only ONE attempt. You are recommended to go through the whole course before taking the quiz; AND
  2. Attended ONE of the Discovering Research Information at Your Discipline workshops (organized in Sep – Oct 2023) with at least 1.5 hours of attendance.

Research Data Management for Your Discipline

The workshops for different disciplines will cover:

  • Key concepts of research data management;
  • Features of Data Management Plans (DMPs) and using DMPTool to create DMPs;
  • Data repositories and dataset deposit in the CUHK Research Data Repository;
  • Data collection and reuse (according to disciplines); and
  • Data ethics (according to disciplines).

 

Discipline / Course Date & Time Venue Registration
Group 6: Multi-disciplines 18 Jan 2024 (Thu)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Online Register

Basics of Research Data Management

This is an online course available on Blackboard designed for ALL research postgraduate and taught doctoral students (admitted in 2022/23 or after). Students are required to complete this online course in their 1st year of studies with effect from the 2022-23 intake.

Objective & Brief Description Enrollment Deadline Venue Registration
Research Data Management (RDM) is of growing importance throughout the research life cycle. This self-learning online course covers an overview of RDM, Data Management Plan, data deposit, and data ethics. After completion of this course, students will be able to understand the purpose and principles in research data management. Group 1 : 1 Sep 23 Self-learning online course on Blackboard Please register by the enrollment deadline for each group.

(All groups are identical. Please only register for one group) 

Group 2 : 29 Sep 23
Group 3 : 27 Oct 23
Group 4 : 24 Nov 23
Group 5 : 5 Jan 24
Group 6 : 9 Feb 24
Group 7 : 15 Mar 24
Group 8 : 12 Apr 24

Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research

This is an online course available on Blackboard. Compulsory for ALL research postgraduate students.

Objective & Brief Description Enrollment Deadline Venue Registration
It is very important for students to know how to avoid infringing the Intellectual Property and Copyright of others. This course will introduce CUHK research students to updated issues in Intellectual Property and Copyright which are applicable in academic circles. To link the issues to global research, the subject of ‘Plagiarism’ is also included. Group 1 : 1 Sep 23 Self-learning online course on Blackboard Please register by the enrollment deadline for each group.

(All groups are identical. Please only register for one group)

Group 2 : 29 Sep 23
Group 3 : 27 Oct 23
Group 4 : 24 Nov 23
Group 5 : 5 Jan 24
Group 6 : 9 Feb 24
Group 7 : 15 Mar 24
Group 8 : 12 Apr 24

Medium of Instruction: English

Enquiries related to IPL:
Email: clear@cuhk.edu.hk
Phone: 3943 6201

Request a Seminar

Course instructors and students in groups may request seminars for a particular subject area or a specific assignment at any time during the year. From the planning stage of a course or research project, Liaison Librarians with different subject backgrounds can work with you to strengthen research skills for gathering and managing scholarly information sources.
Please contact Research Services (for postgraduate training requirements) for details.