Library Workshops and Events

Library and Cultural Services offer workshops and events throughout the year to support Essex students and researchers. Workshops and events take place across all three campuses, in-person as well as online, so there’s something for everyone! On this page you will find more information about the sessions we offer, as well as links to other training and support provided by Skills for Success and IT Services .

View our ‘Upcoming Events’ below or keep reading to learn more!

Workshops

Our workshops cover a broad range of academic skills and have been designed to help you achieve better assignment and degree outcomes. These include Research Support events, and our open Workshops at Library sessions that are offered as part of the Academic Skills programme available to current Essex students via CareerHub.

Events

Apart from workshops and skills training, we also run engagement events for the Library Advisory Group and other community groups at Essex. The Arts Team within Library and Cultural Services plan regular events that can be found via the Art Exchange and Lakeside Theatre websites.

Upcoming Events

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Using SciVal to increase your research visibility Online

Elsevier welcomes you to a SciVal training session designed to empower researchers with tools for impactful data-driven decision-making! In this session, participants will delve into the world of...  More
Date:
Wednesday 22 May 2024
Time:
14:00 - 15:00
Location:
Online
Audience:
  Academic Staff     Postgraduate - Research  
Categories:
  Workshop  
Registration Type:
Online Registration
Register! - 37 seats left

Skills at Library Café Hour In-Person

Overview The Skills at Library Café Hour is a great opportunity to practice information skills, learn alongside peers, and get instructor feedback. Our team can support you with the key areas listed ...  More
Date:
Wednesday 22 May 2024
Time:
15:00 - 16:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  Skills at Library Cafe Hour  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 32 seats left

Therapy Dogs in the Library In-Person

We are absolutely thrilled to be joined by the Essex Therapy Dogs this summer term! Our furry friends can be found frolicking in the foyer of the Albert Sloman Library from 11am to 2pm weekly on...  More
Date:
Thursday 23 May 2024 Show more dates
Time:
11:00 - 14:00
Location:
Library, Colchester
Audience:
  Academic Staff     Undergraduate     Postgraduate - Taught     Postgraduate - Research     Public  
Categories:
  General Event  

Research Writing Retreat (1-day) In-Person

This one-day Research Writing Retreat offers an opportunity for Essex researchers to dedicate time to focus on research writing alongside fellow academic members of staff and PGR students. We...  More
Date:
Friday 24 May 2024
Time:
09:00 - 16:45
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Audience:
  Academic Staff     Postgraduate - Research  

Therapy Dogs in the Library In-Person

We are absolutely thrilled to be joined by the Essex Therapy Dogs this summer term! Our furry friends can be found frolicking in the foyer of the Albert Sloman Library from 11am to 2pm weekly on...  More
Date:
Tuesday 28 May 2024 Show more dates
Time:
11:00 - 14:00
Location:
Library, Colchester
Audience:
  Academic Staff     Undergraduate     Postgraduate - Taught     Postgraduate - Research     Public  
Categories:
  General Event  

Skills at Library Café Hour In-Person

Overview The Skills at Library Café Hour is a great opportunity to practice information skills, learn alongside peers, and get instructor feedback. Our team can support you with the key areas listed ...  More
Date:
Wednesday 29 May 2024
Time:
15:00 - 16:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  Skills at Library Cafe Hour  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 32 seats left

Skills at Library Café Hour In-Person

Overview The Skills at Library Café Hour is a great opportunity to practice information skills, learn alongside peers, and get instructor feedback. Our team can support you with the key areas listed ...  More
Date:
Wednesday 5 June 2024
Time:
15:00 - 16:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  Skills at Library Cafe Hour  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 32 seats left

Therapy Dogs in the Library In-Person

We are absolutely thrilled to be joined by the Essex Therapy Dogs this summer term! Our furry friends can be found frolicking in the foyer of the Albert Sloman Library from 11am to 2pm weekly on...  More
Date:
Thursday 6 June 2024 Show more dates
Time:
11:00 - 14:00
Location:
Library, Colchester
Audience:
  Academic Staff     Undergraduate     Postgraduate - Taught     Postgraduate - Research     Public  
Categories:
  General Event  

On Track: Intro to the library and information skills (In person) In-Person

★☆☆ beginner Overview: This 45 minute workshop provides an interactive introduction to the Library and the resources we offer. If you are new to using academic libraries, or simply new to Essex,...  More
Date:
Monday 10 June 2024
Time:
11:00 - 12:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 15 seats left

On Track: Get organised for study & research (In person) In-Person

★★☆ intermediate Overview: This 1 hour workshop covers how to organise information for your course and research. In this session, you will learn how to create a search strategy to keep you...  More
Date:
Monday 10 June 2024
Time:
12:00 - 13:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 14 seats left

On Track: Getting organised with Notion (Online) Online

Overview Stay on top of your studies, hobbies, and any other area of your life using Notion, an all-in-one tool for productivity and organisation. This session will introduce you to the basics of...  More
Date:
Monday 10 June 2024
Time:
14:00 - 15:00
Location:
Online
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
Online Registration
Register! - 50 seats left

On Track: How to publish with the Essex Student Journal (Online) Online

Overview Come find out how to publish your writing with the Essex Student Journal, an online multi-disciplinary academic journal, run by and for University of Essex students. This is a great...  More
Date:
Monday 10 June 2024
Time:
15:00 - 16:00
Location:
Online
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
Online Registration
Register! - 49 seats left

Southend Research Writing Retreat (1-day) In-Person

This free one-day Research Writing Retreat is an opportunity for Essex researchers to focus on writing alongside fellow research staff and students. It can be difficult to find time to write as a...  More
Date:
Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time:
10:00 - 16:00
Location:
TF2.13, Southend
Audience:
  Academic Staff     Postgraduate - Research  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 34 seats left

On Track: OSCOLA for referencing sources (Online) Online

Overview This session will go through the basic rules of OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) for four different resource types. Students are welcome to drop in and out...  More
Date:
Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time:
10:30 - 12:00
Location:
Online
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
Online Registration
Register! - 50 seats left

On Track: Google search skills (Online) Online

Overview This session will cover how to search Google and Google Scholar effectively. You will discover how to find high quality academic material through the use of advanced search...  More
Date:
Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time:
12:00 - 13:00
Location:
Online
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
Online Registration
Register! - 50 seats left

On Track: Intro to generative AI and prompt engineering (Online) Online

Overview With the rise of a new generation of powerful AI tools, it can be difficult to know what these tools can and cannot be used for and stay on top of newest developments with AI. This session...  More
Date:
Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time:
14:00 - 15:00
Location:
Online
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
Online Registration
Register! - 49 seats left

On Track: Using Workspace & Datastream to get data in business, economics & finance (Online) Online

Overview Workspace/Datastream are key databases for many students in EBS & Economics. This session covers how to access these databases, what kind of data they contain, and demonstrates how to...  More
Date:
Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time:
15:00 - 16:00
Location:
Online
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
Online Registration
Register! - 50 seats left

On Track: Advanced search skills (In person) In-Person

★★☆ intermediate Overview This 1 hour workshop covers different methods for combining the keywords identified in your search strategy and gives a practical introduction to advanced techniques that...  More
Date:
Wednesday 12 June 2024
Time:
10:00 - 11:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 15 seats left

On Track: Doing a high-quality literature search in social sciences: academic sources (In-person) In-Person

Overview The first part of this two-part session will look at the types of academic books and journal articles available, how they are useful for you, how to search them effectively, and propose a...  More
Date:
Wednesday 12 June 2024
Time:
11:00 - 12:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 15 seats left

On Track: Accessing digital readings & sources (In person) In-Person

★★☆ intermediate Overview Sometimes there are barriers to accessing information. You might be asked to pay to read the full text of an article, or find a particular online reading platform...  More
Date:
Wednesday 12 June 2024
Time:
13:00 - 14:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 15 seats left

On Track: Doing a high-quality literature search in social sciences: other sources (In-person) In-Person

Overview There is a lot more to research than books and journals! News & media; magazines; policy documents; data; archives & digitised primary sources; film & documentary - these types of sources...  More
Date:
Wednesday 12 June 2024
Time:
14:00 - 15:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 15 seats left

Skills at Library Café Hour In-Person

Overview The Skills at Library Café Hour is a great opportunity to practice information skills, learn alongside peers, and get instructor feedback. Our team can support you with the key areas listed ...  More
Date:
Wednesday 12 June 2024
Time:
15:00 - 16:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  Skills at Library Cafe Hour  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 32 seats left

On Track: Checking source quality & verifying information (In person) In-Person

★★★ advanced Overview This 1 hour workshop covers fact checking and evaluating skills that will help you avoid unreliable sources and build your views and arguments on solid evidence. Being able to...  More
Date:
Thursday 13 June 2024
Time:
11:00 - 12:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 15 seats left

On Track: Intro to academic integrity and referencing (In person) In-Person

★★★ advanced Overview Come along to learn what academic integrity means in a UK Higher Education context and how to use information and artificial intelligence ethically to avoid plagiarism and...  More
Date:
Thursday 13 June 2024
Time:
12:00 - 13:00
Location:
Library Learning Room, Colchester
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
In-Person Registration
Register! - 15 seats left

On Track: Reference using referencing tools (Online) Online

★★★ advanced Overview How to reference properly is something that causes students a lot of stress – but it doesn’t need to be difficult. This session will introduce you to different referencing...  More
Date:
Friday 14 June 2024
Time:
11:00 - 12:00
Location:
Online
Categories:
  On Track     Workshop  
Registration Type:
Online Registration
Register! - 50 seats left

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