Postgraduate students at USP Labasa attend IRS workshop
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Participants at the 2-day IRS Workshop for PG students at Labasa Campus.
Several new postgraduate students at The University of the South Pacific’s Labasa Campus completed a 14.5-hour Information Research Skills (IRS) workshop to assist them with their postgraduate demands for research and information gathering.
Ms Vilimaina Vakaciwa, senior librarian from the Laucala Campus conducted a two-day training with the eight (8) Postgraduate students from 24-25 August, 2018, at the PG Lab in Labasa.
Ms Vakaciwa said the training demonstrated how students can navigate their way around the Library Databases and be able to gather information that is readily available for their use, in terms of assignment or research purposes.
In the sessions, students received practical hands-on experience on different databases namely ProQuest, EBook Central and JOSTOR, and even learnt how to create their own libraries and save their documents online which could be viewed later.
Students were also excited to learn about the different features of the various databases like text analyser, which allowed students to determine whether an article was strong or weak in terms of its subject content.
“Similarly, refining searches and the proper use of Boolean operators were also discussed to allow students to be able to get the exact materials relevant to their research or search items,” she stated.
Participants and the facilitator engaged in a lively, enthusiastic and interactive session of delivery and learning during the workshop.
Also, the use of the End Note software was discussed with students and the workshop ended with a survey of the two days.
Most of the students said they were pleased with the training saying it was something they could carry with them even after leaving USP.
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