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Researchers@Library: Research Skills Training

This guide serves as a one-stop shop for PolyU researchers and postgraduate students to gain easy access to information pertinent to their research and publishing needs.

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Date :  30 Jun 2017 (Fri)
Time :  3:00 - 4:30pm
Venue :  Learning Lab 1, 3/F, Library
Speaker : 
Dr. Alison Mitchell (Editorial & Publishing Director Nature Journals)
Registration :  Please click on this link for registration.

The Nature journals have a very long and proud history of publishing some of the most high-quality and impactful research in the world. The portfolio now contains almost 50 journals, covering a wide range of subject areas. Nature also employs over 250 full-time editors. Each of these editors is passionate about supporting researchers, to help them to do and to communicate the research that makes the news and advances discovery.

In this talk, Alison Mitchell, PhD – who has worked on the Nature titles for over 20 years – will take you behind the scenes at the Nature journals. The talk will be covering the following topics:

  • What are the editors looking for in a research paper, and what makes a good Nature paper?
  • How do the editors try to support researchers beyond the publishing process?
  • What innovations and experiments are the Nature journals doing to improve the process of research and research communication?
  • How do they decide what new Nature journals to launch and what is the impact on researchers?


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In Person   Research Help Desk, 3/F, 
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Research Skills Training

The Library conducts topical workshops for the PolyU students and staff in both Semester I (Oct - Dec) and Semester II (Feb - May). Availability of the workshops will be announced via email at the beginning of each semester. Workshop details and the registration link will then become available here

 Click here to view currently offered workshops in Calendar.  

Some of the topics covered:

For Searching Skills:

  • Accessing E-book and E-journal Collections of the PolyU Library
  • Statistics and Government Publications for Local Studies
  • Mastering Techniques in Searching Business & Financial Databases
  • Citation Databases - Web of Science and Scopus

For Assignment Writing:

  • Online Tools for Assignment Writing
  • Citing References and Avoiding Plagiarism

For Reference Management:

  • Using EndNote (Part 1: Essential Features)
  • Using EndNote (Part 2: Advanced Features)
  • Exploring Features of Mendeley and Zotero

For Journal Evaluation:

  • Using Journal Analyzing Tools to Evaluate Journals
  • Using SciVal to Identify Research Potentials

For Author Profile Management:

  • Managing Author Profiles ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID and ORCID

The Library regularly updates the list of workshops every semester.  If you are interested in a topic that is NOT covered in the workshops offered, a customized library workshop on specific topics can also be arranged upon your request. Check here for details.

The Library regularly invites speakers from major publishers to talk on research and publishing skills. Some of the publishers who spoke at the Library include Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier and Emerald. Once a seminar has been confirmed, an announcement with registration link will be sent via email.

Previous topics covered:

Each faculty is assigned with a Faculty Librarian. This Faculty Librarian serves as a bridge between faculty and the Library. Students and staff are always welcomed to contact your respective Faculty Librarian for information consultation or library orientation. We could help you make strategic use of the relevant resources suitable for your area of research and introduce to you the techniques of using reference tools.

Please contact your Faculty Librarian for an appointment: