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Fancy a bit of lunchtime learning with the Library?


Our new season of research support webinars is now available! Presented by our skilled library staff, they provide advice on core areas of research and also give you a chance to ask us any questions.

These sessions are held online via Teams and run from 1-2pm. They are open to any Cranfield staff member or student interested in research. You will need to book a place through the DATES system. Once you have booked, you will be sent an invite and we’ll also send you a reminder shortly before the session. Look out for the emails!

Here is the programme for the first half of 2022. You can also view the programme and slides from some of our previous sessions on our website.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Secret Scopus

Tuesday 18 January 2022
Presenter: Emma Turner, Research Information Specialist at Kings Norton Library

Scopus is one of our top recommended databases to search for publications in your subject area. Did you know that it has several really useful features that many people don’t ever notice? This webinar will show you what some of them are and how to use them.

Book for Secret Scopus


Using DMPonline to write an effective Data Management Plan

Tuesday 15 February 2022
Presenter: Greg Simpson, Research Data Manager

All researchers produce data in the course of their investigations and good data management is vital in underpinning research excellence and integrity. The UK Research Councils (such as EPSRC or BBSRC) also require universities and researchers to follow certain procedures about how their research data is managed if they receive research council funding. If you’re starting a new research project or expect to soon, join us to discover the best way to start managing your research data effectively – by creating a dynamic plan using DMPonline.

Book for Using DMPonline now

Creative Commons

Tuesday 1 March 2022
Presenters: Clare Humphries, Research Information Specialist at KNL and Mandy Smith, Research Information Specialist at Barrington Library

Have you ever been confused by the choice of CC licenses when making your publications and data open access? What difference does a CC BY-NC licence compared to a CC-BY mean for how your work can be used? Also, if your work is funded, this can affect which licence you can select. During the webinar we will discuss the various licences available and there will be time at the end for your questions.

Book for Creative Commons now


Predatory publishing – what is it and how can you avoid it?

Thursday 17 March 2022
Presenter: Mandy Smith, Research Information Specialist at Barrington Library

Have you ever been approached to submit an article to a journal you are unsure of? Or submit your thesis to a publisher you have never heard of? Or even been invited to join an editorial board? Join us for a brief guide to predatory publishing, why you need to know, and how to avoid being caught out by it…

Book for Predatory publishing now



Thursday 28 April 2022
Presenter: Mandy Smith, Research Information Specialist at Barrington Library

Have you ever located papers that have been attributed to the wrong author or wish you could have an online page of your research outputs that you manage? This session will introduce you to the benefits of having an ORCID, how to register for an account and how to link your ID to the CRIS and indexes such as Scopus.

Book for ORCID now


Study skills: saving time with Mendeley

Thursday 26 May 2022
Presenter: Mandy Smith, Research Information Specialist at Barrington Library

During this webinar you will be provided with an overview of Mendeley, its key functions, some time-saving tips to better organise your literature and a demonstration of how to produce reference lists in official Cranfield or journal specific citation styles, with time at the end for questions. Following this overview, you may wish to sign up for a hands-on, step-by-step session through the DRCD or with your Research Information Specialist.

Book for Study skills now


Open Data

Wednesday 15 June 2022
Presenter: Greg Simpson, Research Data Manager

Open Data is data that is available for everyone to access, use and share. For researchers, this refers to any information or materials that have been collected or created as part of your research project – such as survey results, gene sequences, software, code, neuro-images, even audio and video files. In research, open data practices are also known as ‘data sharing’.

Working within an open data policy, the FAIR Data Principles act as a framework to promote the broadest reuse of research data, providing credibility and recognition for authors, and leading to increased public trust in research. Join us to learn more about the 4 steps to Open Data and ‘FAIRness’ in your research.

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Rachel Daniels

Written By: Karyn Meaden-Pratt

Rachel is the Library's Research Support Manager. She also maintains the Russian Military Studies Archive on behalf of the Defence Academy.

Karyn is the Library Communications Manager and University Archivist.

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