Summer Programme for Masters Students

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Over the next few months, the Masters student will be working hard to submit their dissertation in September. Your dissertation is a substantial piece of work that requires many digital and information literacy skills.  These skills are useful, not just for this upcoming project, but also for employability and future learning.  As such, the Bay library team have created a programme of classes that will take place over the summer to help you develop these skills.

Please find below a calendar of our events and a short description of each session. These sessions are drop-in session, and there is no requirement to pre-book.  All sessions will be held in the Bay Library in PC Room 2.


19th June, 10.00 am Working Smarter where you can find out about tools and apps that will help with organising resources, Time Management, developing ideas, keeping up-to-date and working collaboratively.

21st June, 3.00 pm Avoiding Plagiarism where we look at note-taking and referencing skills to ensure good academic practice in-line with University Policies.

26th June, 10.00 am Literature Review where we Learn how to scope, plan and gather information for the literature review process.  Get advice on creating a systematic approach to your review to ensure a comprehensive search.


3rd July, 10.00 am Referencing Software (Input) looks at booth Endnote and Mendeley and gives you a chance to explore your chosen software.

 5th July, 3.00 pm Academic Sources this session explores quality, peer-reviewed, academic sources for your dissertation.

 10th July, 10.00 am SAGE Research Methods SAGE research methods is a database containing thousands of resources, dedicated to research methods. This session looks at different research methods, case studies and statistical resources.

12th July, 3.00 pm Finding Datasets looks at the large number of freely available datasets and explores these datasets and discuss the implications surrounding their use.

 17th July, 10.00 am Business Databases This session looks at two amazing Industry standard resources, Marketline and Mintel. We also explore the country statistics, company information and analysts reports, market research and country information within these resources.

 19th July, 3.00 pm Keeping up-to date Given the amount of new knowledge and data being produced daily, it can seem a daunting task to keep up to date with the relevant information in your field. By the end of this session you will be aware of a range of free tools which can help you create personalized streams of information tailored to your interests. We will look at alerting services, RSS, Twitter and more.

 24th July, 10.00 am Financial Databases The School of Management subscribes to a number of industry standard resources containing valuable information on company data, mergers and acquisitions, economic and financial data and financial data on banks and other financial  resources.

 26th July, 3.00 pm Referencing Software (Output) With the dissertation due in a few weeks this session will concentrate on the output of your references from the software onto the page. At the end of the session there will be a librarian available to look at individual references and advise on changes


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With revision and assessment from the 30th July to the 17th July there will be no workshops available.  However for the remainder of the month the library will be hosting “Library Retreats”.  Two-hour distraction free research and writing time with a librarian available for the first hour to advise on literature and referencing.

21st August, 10.00 am The Library Retreat

23rd August, 3.00 pm The Library Retreat

28th August, 10.00 am The Library Retreat

30th August, 3.00 pm The Library Retreat


These final two session will concentrate on referencing.

4th September, 10.00 am Referencing Software (Output) will be a repeat of the 26th July session. This session will concentrate on the output of your references from the software onto the page.  At the end of the session, there will be a librarian available to look at individual references and advise on changes.

6th September, 3.00 pm Check your references will concentrate on the more obscure references and will be led by the students in attendance.  After the session the librarian will be available to look at individual references.

For those of you unable to make the above sessions you can still book 1-2-1 sessions with a librarian throughout the summer. Our calendar is available at  If there isn’t a suitable slot available please email your subject team at


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