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Training for research students and staff

Explore our training resources, which are delivered through a number of different routes including Microsoft Teams and Moodle.

Select a session below to find out more, including how to register.

Introduction to SciVal

This course covers the data which can be viewed and analysed via SciVal, including research volume, citation metrics and policy mentions.

Participants will learn how to access SciVal, navigate its modules and understand their own publication data that is available via the tool.

This course is run by the Libraries Research Support Team and is available as an online or in-person session. 

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Open Access for Researchers

Ensuring your research outputs are available open access (OA) enables them to reach a broader audience, increasing the impact of your research and potentially boosting numbers of citations.

This course introduces open access, considers the options available to make outputs OA and explores how to access OA publications.

The course also touches on: the implications of licensing; funder expectations; copyright; and the impact of Plan S, which requires outputs to be made openly available immediately on publication.

This course is run by the Libraries Research Support Team.

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Research Data Management

This course will introduce you to the key issues, requirements, and strategies associated with research data management, and teach you how to manage your data throughout the research data life-cycle by helping you to write a data management plan (DMP).

You can self enrol on the course via Moodle. 

Research Data Management on Moodle


Researcher Information Skills

To provide an overview of advanced search techniques and specialist information resources to improve literature searching activities in your research area.

This is an online course and there are Faculty specific sessions.


Managing Your Online Researcher Profile

This online session provides an overview of researcher profile tools and will discuss digital identity health and the benefits of a researcher profile.

This course is delivered by the Research Intelligence Librarians.

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Searching for Evidence for a Systematic Review (online resource)

Developed by the Libraries' Learning Development team, this online interactive resource guides you through the process of undertaking a systematic review. 

It covers all stages of the review: from defining your research question to extracting the data from the selected studies. 

This Xerte toolkit is available to University of Nottingham students and staff and forms part of the 'On Course for your Masters' NOOC (Unit 4.3).

Searching for Evidence for a Systematic Review (Xerte)



The Library offers an 'Introduction to EndNote' course for early career researchers. 

There are also online videos and guides available which cover how to:

  • install EndNote Desktop
  • register for EndNote online
  • import files from databases to create a library of references and to automatically build a bibliography/reference list in Word

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Managing References


Systematic Reviews: Searching for Evidence 

A systematic review is a rigorous process of searching, critically appraising and synthesising evidence in relation to a specific research question.

This course is delivered by the Libraries Research Support Team and covers searching the literature for evidence, ensuring the methodology used is comprehensive, transparent and reproducible.

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Making the Most of ORCID

Many researchers know of ORCID iD as a unique identifier, but your ORCID page can also act as a profile tool to maximise the discoverability of your research and professional online presence. 

This online session, run by the Libraries Research Support Team, will cover how to make the most of ORCID to manage your information and choose how to present yourself. It will also address how to connect your ORCID profiles to other systems to save you time in the long term.

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 Referencing for PGRs

This course is designed to help you cite, organise and use references effectively, and to create bibliographies for your essays, thesis and for publication.

This is a standalone (self-study) online course and is delivered entirely online via Moodle.

Referencing for PGRS on Moodle


Introduction to Altmetric Explorer

Altmetric Explorer can be used to track the ‘attention’ of outputs published by University of Nottingham researchers. The web platform monitors the global attention of our research from non-traditional sources such as public policy documents, mainstream and social media mentions and patent citations. Using this real-time data information alongside traditional citation metrics enables researchers to see the impact and reach of their research. In addition to tracking the attention UoN outputs, the full Altmetric database can be searched to track the research of other institutions.

An online session providing an introduction to the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions web platform was delivered in 2024 and recorded.

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SciVal: Benchmarking and Collaboration

Would you like to better understand research output data available on SciVal for your school, faculty or institution? 

Using SciVal Benchmarking allows you to compare the research performance of an entity (researcher(s), institution(s), countries etc.) of interest to others. The Collaboration module is useful to identify which institutions are collaborating, this information can be used to scope new potential partnerships on a subject-specific scale. 

This course is run by the Libraries Research Support Team and is available as an in-person or online session.

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