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Library Focus Workshops

Register for the Library Focus Workshops if you need help:

  • Finding information for your assignments         
  • Internet Searching for Research
  • FactCheck: Recognising Fake News  
  • Accessing business databases and researching company information
  • Researching resources for Law
  • Developing a successful search strategy
  • Citing & referencing (using APA, Harvard or OSCOLA style referencing)   
  • Using RefWorks and Mendeley


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2021-22 Winter term workshops

Time: Afternoon 1pm - 2.30pm & Evening 6pm - 7.30pm (Unless otherwise stated)

Registration for the workshops will close at 10am on the day of workshop

Internet Searching for Research

  • Tuesday, 01/03/2022 


Citing and referencing (Harvard style referencing)        

  • Wednesday, 02/03/2022 


Citing and referencing (APA style referencing)              

  • Monday, 07/03/2022     


FactCheck: Recognising Fake News

  • Tuesday, 08/03/2022    


Researching resources for Law            

  • Wednesday, 09/03/2022    


Accessing business databases and researching company information

  • Monday, 10/03/2022  


Structuring your writing: paraphrasing techniques and the P.E.E format (session delivered by Centre for Academic Success)

  • Tuesday, 15/03/2022     


Citing and referencing (OSCOLA style referencing)

  • Wednesday, 16/03/2022     


RefWorks and Mendeley  

  • Thursday, 17/03/2022   


Career planning (session delivered by Careers and Employability Service)

  • Monday, 21/03/2022 


Critical Writing Skills (session delivered by Centre for Academic Success)

  • Tuesday, 22/03/2022  


Job searching (session delivered by Careers and Employability Service)

  • Monday, 28/03/2022  


Developing a successful search strategy

  • Tuesday, 29/03/2022     


Library Focus: Open session

A chance to ask us anything about Library Focus workshops and content... 

  • Friday, 01/04/2022 1pm - 3pm & 6pm - 8pm (***Changed from Thursday, 31/03/2022 1pm - 3pm & 6pm - 8pm***)

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If you are unavailable during these times please CLICK HERE to email the Library for individual one-to-one help! 

Library Focus Workshops

FREE workshops offered by Middlesex Dubai Library

Library Focus workshops aim to develop your research skills and help get the most out of your Library resources. We are here to deliver research training to build the skills and confidence you need to succeed in your academic career and beyond...


Available workshops:

Now includes four special workshops from Careers and Employability Service and Centre for Academic Success!


Structuring your writing: paraphrasing techniques and the P.E.E format (delivered by the Centre for Academic Success)

Academic writing requires students to write in their own words and in properly constructed paragraphs. This workshop will introduce participants to paraphrasing techniques as well as the Point-Evidence-Explanation (P.E.E.) format for effective paragraphing.


Critical writing skills (delivered by the Centre for Academic Success)

This workshop will help you to learn the difference between descriptive writing and critical analysis. We will consider how you can then synthesise information from your research in order to strengthen your academic arguments.


Career planning (delivered by the Careers and Employability Service)         

This session will support you in critically thinking about your future career. You will be encouraged to reflect on your career aspirations and to research the necessary skillsets for your chosen profession. This interactive session will help you identify your strengths and areas in need of improvement, to enhance your employability.


Job searching (delivered by the Careers and Employability Service)       

In this interactive, practical session, we will discuss how to strategically search for the ‘right’ job for you. We will focus on mapping your qualifications, experiences, and interests onto job posts. We will also provide advice on how you can network with potential employers and build your professional profile.


Finding information for your assignments              

This session will provide an overview of information which you can use in your assignments and how you can get hold of it. We’ll provide tips on how you can find quality information efficiently and with ease. We will consider various information sources and how you should evaluate these in your work. 


Internet Searching for Research

We live in a world of infobesity. The internet is bursting with information and it can be difficult to wade through the irrelevant stuff. This workshop will prepare university students to utilise the internet in finding information sources of good academic quality. It will also cover evaluation criteria in identifying reliable websites for specific research needs.


FactCheck: Recognising Fake News          

"A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on…". You’ve heard the expression 'fake news', but what does it really mean? For university students it’s especially important to distinguish fact from fiction and recognise purveyors of misinformation. In this workshop we break down the language around this topic and give tips to help you protect yourself from misinformation.


Accessing business databases and researching company information

This session explores our business databases for both academic and professional journal articles plus sources of company information. We will discuss the best resources to use for accessing articles, before undertaking a practical exercise using three of our academic databases: Business Source Complete, Passport and IBISWorld. 


Researching resources for Law

This session explores our Law databases for law reports, legislation, and full text journals. We will discuss the best techniques for accessing resources, before undertaking a practical exercise using three of our databases: Heinonline, Lexis Library, and Westlaw. 


Developing a successful search strategy

This workshop provides an introduction to the ‘success’ search strategy. We will provide you with the guidelines to consider your information needs, information sources, and search techniques within specific contexts. By applying the ‘success’ search strategy,  you’ll spend less time searching but still find relevant quality materials for your assignment. 


Citing and referencing (using APA, OSCOLA or Harvard style referencing)   

This session will take you through the basics of APA, OCSOLA or Harvard referencing systems. We will look at how to cite and reference a number of different sources and why referencing is an important academic skill. This workshop will include activities and discussion about citing and referencing. Please note: check dates for appropriate referencing style to your discipline.

MDX School

Referencing style

Accounting and Finance


Art and Design










Science and Technology



RefWorks and Mendeley

For students confident in citing and referencing. This session will introduce RefWorks and Mendeley, our software to help you manage your references and help you cite and reference within Word documents.


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We want your ideas for future workshops! What would you like the Library Team to offer? Whether its accessing our databases, spotting fake news, or help with finding academic sources. Our aim is to help you achieve your potential.

Access and complete the form here to provide us with your suggestions.