Calendar of Events

September 2017

27 September at 12:15–13:00

How to Find the Right Sources for your Paper

Lecture In an era of information overload, finding the appropriate sources for your paper is a challenge. Developing a good search strategy will save you time. This lecture focuses on search strategies and search tools that make it easier for you to find the relevant sources for your paper.

28 September at 13:00–15:00

Demonstration of Web-ISP

Course/education Umeå University has developed a web-based system for the Indvidual study plans for doctoral students (Web-ISP). We will show the system for all interested parties. You have to sign up for the event.

29 September at 12:15–13:00

Evaluating Sources for Credibility and Reliability

Lecture The status and quality of different sources vary a great deal. Before using a document you need to assess its reliability and credibility. This lecture will show you how to evaluate sources and also explain the difference in academic status between different publications.


October 2017

4 October at 12:15–13:00

Make Referencing Easier

Lecture When you write a paper you need to set up a system for keeping track of the sources you find during your research. Otherwise, you may find yourself scrambling at the deadline trying to remember where a source you used came from. This lecture will show you how databases and programs can help you to document your sources from the start.

6 October at 12:15–13:00

Learn How to be a Critical Reader

Lecture Being a critical reader requires you to tell the difference between fact and opinion and examine the evidence that is being presented in the text. At the same time you also need to be aware of your own assumptions about the text you are reading. This lecture shows you how to take a critical approach to reading.

11 October at 12:15–13:00

Improve your Note Taking Strategies

Lecture Effective note taking can help you to better understand information from lectures or reading. Good note taking can also help with, for example, focusing on what’s important, remembering information and studying for exams. This lecture explains how to effectively take notes in different settings and make them easier to read.

13 October at 12:15–13:00

Use Mapping to Help Develop your Writing

Lecture Graphic organizers are an effective way to brainstorm, take notes and plan a paper. They can also help you to organize your thinking, which in turn can help you to study more efficiently and effectively. This lecture focuses specifically on mind mapping and concept mapping and shows you how to map and choose the right map for the task.

16 October–18 October

Life on Earth and in the Universe Current State and Future Visions

Workshop The Annual Meeting of the Swedish Astrobiology Network (SWAN), 16-18 October 2017, at Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden.

18 October at 12:15–13:00

The Importance of Structure in an Academic Text

Lecture The traditional academic paper includes the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Works Cited. Different departments may have different requirements, so it is always best to check with your department. This lecture covers what is typically included in each section of the paper.

25 October at 12:15–13:00

How and When do I Quote, Summarize or Paraphrase?

Lecture Quoting, summarizing and paraphrasing allow you to incorporate into your paper what others have to say about a particular topic. Summarizing and paraphrasing also enable you to demonstrate your understanding of a text. This lecture explains the differences among these three ways and shows you how each one may be useful in different circumstances.

26 October at 14:00–16:00

Academic Support Walk-in Service - last Thursday each month

Other Writing tutors are available to answer your writing-related questions.


November 2017

9 November at 13:00–15:00

Demonstration of Web-ISP

Course/education Umeå University has developed a web-based system for the Indvidual study plans for doctoral students (Web-ISP). We will show the system for all interested parties. You have to sign up for the event.


December 2017

14 December at 13:00–15:00

Demonstration of Web-ISP

Course/education Umeå University has developed a web-based system for the Indvidual study plans for doctoral students (Web-ISP). We will show the system for all interested parties. You have to sign up for the event.

21 December at 14:00–16:00

Academic Support Walk-in Service - last Thursday each month

Other Writing tutors will be on hand to help answer your questions about the writing process.


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