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 (Feb – May 2023)

Sharpening Your Research 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
7 Feb 2023 (Tue)
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Online Register
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
20 Feb 2023 (Mon)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Register
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
21 Feb 2023 (Tue)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Register
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
22 Feb 2023 (Wed)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 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
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.).

27 Feb 2023 (Mon)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
User Education Room, G/F, University Library Register
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
2 Mar 2023 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
User Education Room, G/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, literature review, 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)

7 Feb 2023 (Tue)
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Online Register
Literature Review for a Good Research Paper

This workshop will cover:

  • The purpose and process of literature review
  • The structure of a literature review
  • Effective strategies for identifying relevant literature

Medium of Instruction: Cantonese (English will be used if users require)

7 Feb 2023 (Tue)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 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

8 Feb 2023 (Wed)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
User Education Room, 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

9 Feb 2023 (Thu)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
User Education Room, 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

15 Feb 2023 (Wed)
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
Enquiries: Email to eref@cuhk.edu.hk

Researcher Workshops (Feb – Apr 2023)

Title Date & Time Venue Registration
CUHK Open Access Publishing Plan

The workshop will cover:

  • What is Open Access (OA) and its implication on research impact
  • Highlights of CUHK OA Publishing Plan
  • How to deposit full texts in the Academic Information Management System (AIMS) and related copyright issues
  • Hints for publishing in OA journals
1 Feb 2023 (Wed)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Online Register
Using ATLAS.ti for Qualitative Data Analysis

This workshop will introduce how to use ATLAS.ti to conduct qualitative data analysis. Participants will learn how to use ATLAS.ti to conduct:

  • Data description, such as creating codes, coding, using memo, and writing comments on your data
  • Data analysis and interpretation such as using the functions of hyperlink, network view, query tool, and co-occurrence to explore patterns
23 Feb 2023 (Thu)
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Online Register
scite: Insight beyond citation counts

Speaker: Mr Domenic Rosati, Researcher and Software Developer, scite

This workshop will discuss how the new citation tool, scite can help you:

  • Discover how articles are cited in the textual context of citation
  • Analyze citations as supporting or contrasting evidence
  • Evaluate groups of articles with custom dashboard
  • Find out how articles are being cited while reading online
24 Feb 2023 (Fri)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
(English Session)
Online Register
Publishing Open Access in Wiley & Hindawi Journals

Speaker: Fabio Di Bello, Customer Success Manager, Wiley

Starting from 1 Jan 2023, the CUHK Library has entered an Open Access (OA) agreement with Wiley. CUHK corresponding authors can publish OA articles in Wiley and Hindawi journals free of charge. This online workshop provided by Wiley will cover:

  • The benefits of OA publishing
  • How you can benefit from the CUHK-Wiley OA agreement
  • Wiley Author Services workflow for requesting article process charge waivers
  • Tips for successful publishing
28 Feb 2023 (Tue)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(English Session)
Online Register
NVivo: A Powerful Tool to Address Your Research Questions (Basic)

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. (The trial version of NVivo only lasted for 14 days.)
15 Feb 2023 (Wed)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
(English Session)
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
NVivo: Strategies to Advance Qualitative Data Analysis (Advanced)

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. (The trial version of NVivo only lasted for 14 days.)
  • 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”.
4 Apr 2023 (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 (Jan – Mar 2023)

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 influences your research impact.

17 Jan 2023 (Tue)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(English session)
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Completed
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.

31 Jan 2023 (Tue)
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Online 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.

16 Feb 2023 (Thu)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(English session)
Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library Register
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.

24 Feb 2023 (Fri)
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Online Register
Research Data in the Big Data Era

In the big data era, data become a necessity for research. They are not only confined to an excel table, but also in many other forms. This workshop will introduce what data are, the roles of research data in the data life cycle, and what constitutes big data. It will also present the basic concepts of data science and data analytics.

1 Mar 2023 (Wed)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(English session)
Online Register
Python for Beginners (3 sessions)

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

Session 1

  • Basics: variables, print(), f-strings, input()
  • Data types: strings, numbers, Booleans
  • Data structures: lists, tuples, dictionaries

Session 2

  • Conditionals: if, if-else, if-elif-else statements
  • Loops: for loops, while loops
  • Functions

Session 3

  • Manipulating tabular data using Pandas
  • Data visualization using Matplotlib
  • Web scraping using requests and Beautiful Soup

Remarks:
Participants are required to bring their own device with Anaconda (https://www.anaconda.com/) installed prior to the workshop for hands-on practice.

8-10 Mar 2022 (Wed-Fri)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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 DSLab. For home practice:

13 Mar 2023 (Mon)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 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:

Registration begins on 12 December 2022.

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 6: Multi-disciplines 13 Jan 2023 (Fri)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Online Completed

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.

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.