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Postgraduate Information Sessions and Workshops 2023
There are Library sessions and workshops provided specifically for Postgraduate students. For more information and to register book now by Zoom or face-to- face.
Information sessions 10-11am (via Zoom) or 2-3pm (face-to-face) on Wednesdays
- 22 Feb; 26 Jul - Postgraduate Library Services – An introduction to Library support, recommended resources and services.
- 29 Mar; 30 Aug - Effective Search Strategies - Learn how to search recommended databases for relevant literature, and manage your results
- 26 Apr; 27 Sep - Thesis Information – For new thesis students, about preparation, copyright compliance, submitting, and depositing.
- 28 Jun; 25 Oct - Researcher Profiles - Building an online profile to promote your research, and yourself.
Hands-on Workshops 10-11.30am (via Zoom) or 2-3.30pm (face-to-face) on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- 13 Apr; 20 Jun; 22 Aug - EndNote for PC (Windows) - Use EndNote to store, group, edit and annotate references, and cite while you write
- 18 Apr; 22 Jun; 24 Aug - EndNote for Mac - Use EndNote to store, group, edit and annotate references, and cite while you write
- 25 May; 26 Oct - Research Data Management - Make sense of the complexity around data storage, description, re-use and archiving (face-to-face only).
- 30 May; 31 Oct - Getting published - Practical tips for postgraduates. Learn how to develop a publishing strategy and identify the right journals for submission.
- 1 Jun; 2 Nov - Impact Metrics - Understand tools that explain impact factors and ranking for what to read, and where to publish.
Writing Your Thesis
Thesis Information Library Guide
Essential information and advice for Postgraduates on the many stages of the thesis process, from planning to submitting.
All Otago theses and dissertations are required to be deposited in the OUR Archive. Depositors have the option to make their dissertation or thesis available in full-text.
SAGE Research Methods
A research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. The database links SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings.
SAGE Campus is a digital library product that supports the teaching and learning of skills and research methods through 280+ hours of structured online learning. Our style is self-paced and instructor-led, comprised of an engaging mix of SAGE-quality content, video, interactives, and formative assessments. Our flexible learning pathways cover tricky skills and research methods that can be applied across all stages of academic study; from undergraduates looking to critically assess information to researchers looking to report and publish their data.
= Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research. The EQUATOR Network has goals of raising awareness of the importance of good reporting of research, assisting in the development, dissemination and implementation of reporting guidelines for different types of study designs, monitoring the status of the quality of reporting of research studies in the health sciences literature, and conducting research relating to issues that impact the quality of reporting of health research studies.
Finding Theses & Dissertations
Library Search | Ketu This link opens in a new window
Search for Otago theses and dissertations by using subject terms plus words "thesis" and "Otago", e.g. hip abductor muscles and thesis and Otago. Or, try using the Advanced Search and combining your search terms with words like "thesis" or "dissertation". You also have the option to refine results by type, i.e. "theses".
Te Puna Search: New Zealand National Union Catalogue This link opens in a new window
Search for theses in the collections of all New Zealand university libraries.
Find theses and other open-access research documents from NZ institutions.
Finding Conference Papers
Conference papers are an excellent source of current research, best practices and new innovations in a research area. For a start, search the Web using the name of the conference, meeting or symposium.
Full-text conference papers may be hard to obtain, sometimes abstracts are the only items available online. If a full paper is not available online, you could contact the author and request a copy. Also, the Library may be able to borrow or purchase published proceedings -- talk to the Pharmacology & Toxicology Subject Librarian.
Library Search | Ketu This link opens in a new window
Search for your topic and then limit to "conference proceedings".
Scopus This link opens in a new window
An article database which allows you to limit your search to conference papers.
Web of Science All Databases This link opens in a new window
Search across Web of Science Core Collection, BIOSIS Citation Index, Current Contents Connect, Inspec, KCI-Korean Journal Database, Medline, SciELO Citation Index and Zoological Record for comprehensive, multidisciplinary results. 1864+
Finding Grey Literature
The term 'grey literature' is used to describe materials not published commercially or indexed by major databases. The Grey Literature In Health Library Guide discusses, and helps you find, relevant grey literature for research in health and medicine. Look through the tabs to find the information you need; General Sources, Conference Proceedings, Institutional Repositories, Clinical Trials, Guidelines and Statistics.
Health Sciences Library Historical Collection
The Health Sciences Library has a Historical Collection located on the top floor of the Library. This collection includes a range of medical texts from the 17th to 19th centuries and the earliest copies of the NZ Medical Journal from the 19th century. Highlights include the 17th century anatomical pop-up book Pinax microcosmographicus, magnificent anatomical and surgical atlases from the 18th and 19th centuries and most editions of Gray's Anatomy, including the 1858 first edition.
More historic material from the Health Sciences Library is located at the Hocken Library and in Special Collections at the Central Library.
Finding Open Access Resources
Open Access is a new model of scholarly communication based on the principle that research should be available freely online, for anyone to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, link to etc. There are Open Access Journals, Books, Databases and Archives.
Directory of Open Access Journals This link opens in a new window
Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.
PLOS is a nonprofit, Open Access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication
Find out how many articles have cited your patent.
Check out the Patent Library Guide for information on searching for patents in databases and in patent office databases and for what support with patents is provided at the University of Otago.
New Otago University Pharmacology & Toxicology Research (OUR Archive)
Finding Research Repositories
A research repository is a place to store an institution's intellectual research outputs. Try searching these sites to find more research:
NZResearch This link opens in a new window
Research documents produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions throughout New Zealand
Trove This link opens in a new window
Trove enables access to research from journal articles and papers and to Australian government sponsored working papers. It also provides access to grey literature not yet indexed by Google or Google scholar and to millions of overseas open access research articles.
Keeping up to date with research
RSS feeds help you keep up to date with information from websites and databases without you having to visit them. Updates to your favourite websites are 'fed' to you through a feed reader.
RSS feeds consist of titles and short summaries of the full content on the website, so you can quickly assess whether or not to visit the website to view the full content. To use feeds you will need to set them up to go to a feed reader such as Feedly.