Searching & Managing Scientific Information

This is our biannual introductory training series for PhD students and other affiliates of the four federal research institutes Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL. The series covers a whole variety of topics such as basic & advanced searching, scientific publishing, research evaluation, Open Access & copyright, literature management (particularly with Endnote), writing with LaTeX and research data management.

Spring 2024 training series «Searching & Managing Scientific Information»

This spring, we will again be offering several individually bookable modules (ca 3-6h each) at the three sites of the institutes. Stay tuned, registration opens in late winter.

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Course description

The training series is split into seven modules (3-6h each) that can be booked individually. On request, students attending four or more modules will receive a recommendation for 1 ECTS credit point. Course slides will be available below a couple of days prior to each session.

Course description

    • Each venue is open to all members of the 4 research institutes Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL. Most modules are offered on-site at Eawag-Empa Dübendorf, PSI Villigen and WSL Birmensdorf.
    • Registration closes ca. a week prior to each event.
    • All modules are held in English. No course fees apply.
    • Presentations/Workshops with examples and exercises. The course notes, presentation slides, and other course material will be available below a couple of days prior to the sessions.
    • Max. 20 participants for sessions of modules 1-3 & 5-7 (please bring your laptop).
    • Max. 12 participants for sessions of module 4 (computers provided).
    • For module 5: Please bring your laptop with a working LaTeX installation. Brief instructions for example installations can be found below ca. 1 week prior to the sessions. Please contact us should you require assistance with your installation.
  • In module 1, «Searching Scientific Information», you become skilled in finding relevant scientific information using suitable tools offered by Lib4RI.

    • How to use Lib4RI’s resources for quick information retrieval
    • Formulating systematic search queries including Boolean operators, wildcards and truncations
    • Examples/exercises from the swisscovery library catalogue, Scopus and Web of Science

    Trainers: Stephanie Hofmann, Bobby Neuhold

    See Organisation & Requirements for additional information!

     

  • In module 2, «Scientific Publishing - From Writing to Sharing», you will be guided through the scientific publication process from start to finish.

    • Steps prior to writing a paper
    • Grammar and writing style
    • Tips on the publication process
    • Author identification, impact and visibility

    Trainers: Nina Helg-Kurmann, NN

    See Organisation & Requirements for additional information!

  • In module 4, «Literature Management with EndNote», you get introduced to scientific literature management with EndNote.

    • Introduction to literature management
    • How to import and organise literature information including fulltext PDFs
    • Citing references and creating bibliographies in your scientific document using EndNote's Cite-While-You-Write (MS Word plugin)
    • How to modify/create output styles using EndNote's style editor

    Trainers: Stephanie Hofmann, Bobby Neuhold

    See Organisation & Requirements for additional information!

  • In module 5, «Getting Started with LaTeX», you are guided in creating your first LaTeX document, with special attention to scientific writing oriented features. The course is for LaTeX beginners.

    • A not so short summary of LaTeX basics
    • Tables, figures and formulae
    • The LaTeX error log and common errors to avoid
    • BibTeX and citation styles

    Note: Please bring your laptop with a working LaTeX installation. Brief instructions for example installations can be found below ca. 1 week prior to the sessions. Please contact us should you require assistance with your installation. See Organisation & Requirements for additional information!

    Trainers: Federico Cantini, Frank Hösli

  • In module 6, «Work on Your Own Project», you work on your own literature project receiving individual assistance.

    • Develop your search strategy and set up your systematic topic search with bibliographic databases such as Scopus & Web of Science
    • Critically evaluate your search results
    • Tweak your reference management & citation tools (particularly EndNote)

    Trainers: Stephanie Hofmann, Bobby Neuhold

    See Organisation & Requirements for additional information!

  • In the new module 7, «Research Data Management - The Basics», you learn to identify the relevant strategies and tools to implement research data management in your research practices.

    • Life cycle of research data
    • Adequate metadata documentation for your code and data
    • Storing and publishing data
    • Writing Data Management Plans (DMP) and using OpenBIS (ELN)

    Trainers: Federico Cantini, Fabian Felder (Lib4RI), experts from Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL (depending on the venue)

    See Organisation & Requirements for additional information!