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 (Sep – Oct 2022)

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
15 Sep 2022 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Completed
Exploring Research Information in Your Field in Citation Databases – 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
20 Sep 2022 (Tue)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Completed
Exploring Research Information in Your Field in Citation Databases – 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
21 Sep 2022 (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
6 Oct 2022 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Online Register
Medium of Instruction: Cantonese (English will be used if users require)

Enquiries: Email to eref@cuhk.edu.hk

Managing Citations for Your Research

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Managing References 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 organizing 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
11 Oct 2022 (Tue)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Online Register
14 Oct 2022 (Fri)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Seminar Room, 1/F, University Library Register
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.).

18 Oct 2022 (Tue)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Online Register
24 Oct 2022 (Mon)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Seminar Room, 1/F, University Library Register
Medium of Instruction: Cantonese (English will be used if users require)

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: Cantonese (English will be used if users require)

6 Oct 2022 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Online Register
Structuring a Thesis Introduction: How to Get Readers Hooked at the Beginning

Instructor: 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

18 Oct 2022 (Tue)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Writing an Abstract for Your Thesis: How to Summarize Your Research in 500 Words

Instructor: 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

19 Oct 2022 (Wed)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Intensive and Profound: Chinese Thesis Writing Skills

Instructor: 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

25 Oct 2022 (Tue)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Enquiries: Email to eref@cuhk.edu.hk

Scientific Writing Workshops

Co-organized with The Independent Learning Centre (ILC), the Library is pleased to offer a workshop on writing and publishing scientific papers for postgraduate students. All postgraduate students from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science are welcome to join!

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Successful Writing in the Life Sciences: Designing Effective Figures and Tables
Invited speaker: Dr. Sarah E. Webb
Students will learn how to present scientific information in their thesis, research publications and conference presentations. Topics to be covered include the preparation of figures (line illustrations, photomicrographs and graphs) and tables.
20 Oct 2022 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
G02, Demonstration Lab,SBS Register
24 Oct 2022 (Mon)
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Medium of Instruction: English

Enquiries: Email to eref@cuhk.edu.hk

Oral Defence Tips

The Library is pleased to offer a workshop on oral defence co-organized with The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) for research postgraduate students.

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Designing a Successful Oral Defence

Invited speaker: Dr. Maria Luisa C. Sadorra

This workshop for postgraduate students is designed to prepare participants for their oral defence. It familiarizes them with the common structure and expected content of the defence, and management of public self-presentation. Participants will be introduced to principles of presentation and notions of public persona. Two Q&A sessions will provide opportunities for participants to ask questions and receive feedback specific to their viva.

Dr. Maria Luisa C. Sadorra is a language consultant and independent researcher. She pioneered persona studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) through the Ideas and Exposition Programme where she offered “Public Persona and Self-Presentation” to undergraduate students at the University Town College Programme. At NUS, she also taught and coordinated undergraduate and postgraduate academic writing and communication courses.

26 Oct 2022 (Wed)
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Online Register
Medium of Instruction: English

Enquiries: Email to eref@cuhk.edu.hk

Researcher Workshops (Sep – Nov 2022)

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
AIMS and Research Portal
Research Output Management with AIMS

The Academic Information Management System (AIMS) is the system for CUHK researchers to manage and deposit the full text of their research outputs.
This workshop will demonstrate:

  • Key features of AIMS and its public interface Research Portal
  • How to input your publication records into AIMS
  • How to deposit the full texts and related the copyright issues

CUHK researchers, administrative staff, and research postgraduates who need to input publication records into AIMS are all welcome to join.

6 Sep 2022 (Tue)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Cantonese Session)
Online Register
9 Sep 2022 (Fri)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(English Session)
Online Register
Research Impact
How to Measure Impact of Research Papers

The workshop will cover:

  • What is citation impact and how to find it
  • How to use citation counts and other metrics to quantify the impact of research papers
  • How to find an author’s h-index
  • What are the alternative metrics and how to find them
  • What are the strengths and limitations of citation metrics
13 Oct 2022 (Thu)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Online Register
Citation Analysis Tools for Ranking Journals

The workshop will introduce how to:

  • Find the ranking of journals and compare journal performance from Journal Citation Reports and Scopus
  • Use online tools to find the right journals for your manuscript
28 Oct 2022 (Fri)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Online Register
NVivo
NVivo: A Powerful Tool to Address Your Research Questions

Speaker: Dr. Paula Hodgson

This workshop will cover the key concepts on using NVivo for qualitative research. Starting with research questions, participants will gain ideas from making coding to reading abstracts to extending coding in journal articles as an illustration. Alternatively, researchers can make coding based on the conceptual framework that they are working on.

Through coding with categories/themes, you may learn to create queries to make initial visualization and analysis from a mix of interviews and survey results. You will learn the process of coding while building an understanding of how evidence can be gathered from the cycle to confirm the existing conceptual framework or build a new model for further analysis.

The demonstration will be conducted with the latest version in Windows.

Remarks:

  • Interested participants are required to have your own notebooks/laptops installed with the new NVivo before attending the workshop.
  • For those using previous versions of NVivo, please note that the software interface of the new version is not the same as yours.
20 Oct 2022 (Thu)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
(English Session)
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
NVivo: Strategies to Advance Qualitative Data Analysis

Speaker: Dr. Paula Hodgson

With the latest version of NVivo, the advanced workshop will use research examples to illustrate features and functionalities to allow researchers to use an inductive or deductive approach to sources of data when analysing qualitative data. Coding allows us to formulate a framework or identify sources of evidence with respect to the approaches used. Categories emerge when individual coding is clustered into levels of sub-themes. To address research questions, researchers can further explore relationships between or within cases. The queries function in NVivo allows researchers to retrieve matrix results easily. In addition, NVivo also offers an alternative approach to textual script analysis that provides fresh scope from the sea of data such that this can provide an enlightened scope in addition to existing theories.

The demonstration will be conducted with the latest version in Windows.

Remarks:

  • Participants must have experience in using NVivo. No demonstration on basic steps on uploading files to NVivo, coding and organization of coding in the workshop.
  • Interested participants are advised to have your own notebooks/laptops with new NVivo installed before attending the workshop. For those using previous versions of NVivo, please note that the software interface of the new version is not the same as yours. Participants are encouraged to use your own qualitative research project data to practise the steps including setting cases and comparison of cases in the session.
  • Priority of registration will be given to staff and postgraduates who have already attended the workshop on “NVivo: A Powerful Tool to Address Your Research Questions”.
8 Nov 2022 (Tue)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
(English Session)
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Medium of Instruction: Cantonese, but English will be used if users require (except for those remarked).
Enquiries: Email to research@lib.cuhk.edu.hk

Digital Scholarship and Research Data Workshops (Sep – Oct 2022)

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
Introducing Digital Scholarship Services and Lab Facilities

This briefing session will introduce digital scholarship service to CUHK community and demonstrate the use of equipment and facilities in the Digital Scholarship Lab, and tell about the software and tools available from the workstations to enable you to conduct digital scholarship research at the Lab at ease.

13 Sep 2022 (Tue)
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Completed
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 influence your research impact.

15 Sep 2022 (Thu)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(English session)
Online Completed
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 influence your research impact.

20 Sep 2022 (Tue)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
(English session)
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Completed
Introducing Digital Humanities for Study and Research

Digital humanities is a new form of research increasingly embraced by scholars in arts and humanities. This seminar will show you:

  • Concepts of digital humanities research and the research methods used
  • How to apply popular digital tools on GIS, text mining and analysis, data and network visualisation, etc. in digital humanities research
  • Examples on digital humanities research projects from worldwide to illustrate the use of research methods and tools used
22 Sep 2022 (Thu)
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Online Completed
Writing Data Management Plans with DMPTool

A data management plan (DMP) is a written document that outlines how research data are managed in a research project. Some funding agencies require researchers to prepare a DMP at the proposal preparation stage. CUHK has been affiliated with DMPTool, on which the CUHK Data Management Plan Template and templates of some popular funding agencies are also available. Besides introducing the rationale of having a DMP, this workshop will guide you to write a DMP with DMPTool.

23 Sep 2022 (Fri)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
(English session)
Online Completed
Writing Data Management Plans with DMPTool

A data management plan (DMP) is a written document that outlines how research data are managed in a research project. Some funding agencies require researchers to prepare a DMP at the proposal preparation stage. CUHK has been affiliated with DMPTool, on which the CUHK Data Management Plan Template and templates of some popular funding agencies are also available. Besides introducing the rationale of having a DMP, this workshop will guide you to write a DMP with DMPTool.

27 Sep 2022 (Tue)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(English session)
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Completed
Introduction to GIS & ArcGIS

Invited speakers: Mr. Victor KWOK & Ms. Joy CHAN, Esri China (Hong Kong) Ltd.Conducted by ArcGIS vendor

This seminar will introduce the concept of Geographic Information System (GIS) and its use in research. It will also cover the use of the software ArcGIS with illustration from examples of research projects.

29 Sep 2022 (Thu)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library 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 tools. An 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.

5 Oct 2022 (Wed)
3:00 – 4:15 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 can install Gephi 0.9.7 (https://gephi.org/) and related plugins in their device.

14 Oct 2022 (Fri)
3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Online Register
Visualizing the Humanities: Gale Digital Scholar Lab

Invited speaker: Mr. MORISAWA Masaki, Senior Product Manager, Gale Asia

The British historian E.H. Carr famously likened historical facts to “fish swimming about in a vast and sometimes inaccessible ocean”. Today, advances in digital humanities allows scholars to make use of exciting new tools to cast wide-ranging nets into this vast ocean, helping to identify macro trends and patterns that would have been impossible to find via traditional methods.Gale Digital Scholar Lab is a new intuitive platform that allows uninitiated users to make full use of cutting edge text mining technology intuitively without the need of any programming language or special IT skills beyond the mouse and the keyboard.Join Senior Product Manager Masaki Morisawa in this session where he will guide users on how to conduct statistical and natural language analysis on thousands of historical texts such as newspaper backfiles, government documents, and much, much more.

26 Oct 2022 (Wed)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
(English)
Online 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:

Registration begins on 15 August 2022.

Discover Research Information at Your Discipline

The workshops for different disciplines will cover:

  • An overview of key resources provided by the Library and free Internet resources
  • Locating and accessing journal articles, conference proceedings, books, theses, multimedia materials, and other relevant information resources in each discipline
  • Advanced search techniques
Discipline / Course Date & Time Venue Registration
Group 1: Arts 30 Aug 2022 (Tue)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Online Register
Group 2: Business Administration 17 Sep 2022 (Sat)
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Online
Group 3: Education 13 Sep 2022 (Tue)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Online
Group 4: Engineering 5 Sep 2022 (Mon)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Online
Group 5: Medicine 14 Sep 2022 (Wed)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Online
Group 6: Science 9 Sep 2022 (Fri)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Online
Group 7: Social Science 15 Sep 2022 (Thu)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Online
Group 8: Law 8 Oct 2022 (Sat)
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Online
Group 9: Chinese Law 24 Sep 2022 (Sat)
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Online

Managing and Creating Reference Citations with Reference Managing Tools

These workshops will cover:

  • Creating and formatting in-text citations and bibliographies for your papers using EndNote and RefWorks
  • Creating personal references database by importing references from online databases and other sources
  • Managing references in the personal database
Discipline / Course Date & Time Venue Registration
Managing and Creating Reference Citations with EndNote 19 Sep 2022 (Mon)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Online Register
Managing and Creating Reference Citations with RefWorks 27 Sep 2022 (Tue)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Online

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)
  • Data ethics (according to disciplines)
Discipline / Course Date & Time Venue Registration
Group 1: Arts & Education 15 Oct 2022 (Sat)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Online Register
Group 2: Engineering 7 Oct 2022 (Fri)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Online
Group 3: Medicine 21 Oct 2022 (Fri)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Online
Group 4: Science 14 Oct 2022 (Fri)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Online
Group 5: Business Administration,Law, Social Science, and Inter-faculty 28 Oct 2022 (Fri)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Online
Group 6: Multi-disciplines 13 Jan 2023 (Fri)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Online

Basics of Research Data Management

This is an online course available on Blackboard. Compulsory 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.

Objective & Brief Description

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.

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

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.

Registration begins on 15 August 2022.

Medium of Instruction: English

Enquiries:
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.