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Library Focus Workshops

Register for the Library Focus Workshops if you need help:

  • Accessing business databases and researching company information
  • Citing and referencing (using APA or Harvard style referencing)  
  • Developing a successful search strategy
  • Editing your Work
  • FactCheck: Recognising Fake News
  • Finding information for your assignments             
  • Internet Searching for Research
  • Organising your research and planning for the essay/report 
  • Paraphrasing Techniques
  • Reading Effectively
  • Researching resources for Law
  • Structuring your writing
  • Time Management 
  • Using RefWorks and Mendeley


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2022-23 Winter term workshops

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


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


Finding information for your assignments

  • Tuesday 4th October


Time Management

  • Wednesday 5th October - evening 6pm only


Internet Searching for Research

  • Monday 10th October


Citing & referencing using Harvard

  • Monday 17th October
  • Wednesday 14th December


Accessing business databases and researching company information

  • Tuesday 25th October
  • Tuesday 6th December


Reading Effectively

  • Wednesday 26th October - evening 6pm only


Citing & referencing using APA

  • Monday 31st October


Organising your research and planning for the essay/report

  • Wednesday 2nd November - evening 6pm only


Developing a successful search strategy

  • Monday 7th November


Structuring your writing

  • Wednesday 9th November - evening 6pm only


Researching resources for Law

  • Wednesday 16th November


FactCheck: Recognising Fake News

  • Monday 21st November


Paraphrasing Techniques

  • Wednesday 23rd November - evening 6pm only


Using RefWorks and Mendeley

  • Monday 28th November


Editing your Work

  • Wednesday 30th November - evening 6pm only


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 and

Centre for Academic Success

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...

Now includes six special workshops from Centre for Academic Success!


Available workshops:

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. 


Time Management  (delivered by the Centre for Academic Success)

Learn how to cope with all the assignment deadlines on your course so that you can enjoy your studies and know how to prioritise and balance the various aspects of your personal, professional and student life.  In this workshop you will be looking at your module handbooks and drawing up a planner for the year.


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.


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




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. 


Reading Effectively  (delivered by the Centre for Academic Success)

At university, you will be navigating reading lists and consulting journals, books and websites; perhaps reading more than you have ever done before!  This session will introduce you to strategies for choosing the best sources to use and getting the most understanding out of each text.  We will look at some texts and practice effective reading techniques. 


Organising your research and planning for the essay/report  (delivered by the Centre for Academic Success)

Throughout your MDX studies, you will have to conduct extensive research, often working on multiple assignments at once. Learn how to organise your research notes, create templates and complete your assignments more efficiently.


Structuring your writing  (delivered by the Centre for Academic Success)

Structure in academic writing is about the overall argument and how it flows from the introduction to the conclusion. This workshop will unpack the various sections of an essay and report and provide practical guidance on how to achieve cohesion in your writing through effective paragraphing.


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. 


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.


Paraphrasing Techniques  (delivered by the Centre for Academic Success)

Hone the important academic skill of paraphrasing, as this will help you to avoid plagiarism.  In this workshop, we will reflect on various paraphrasing techniques and practice making notes by paraphrasing.


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.


Using 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.


Editing your Work  (delivered by the Centre for Academic Success)

Learn about the best strategies and tools for checking your assignments to maximise your grades.  You will learn about which aspects to check and edit and use Grammarly practically to improve the flow of your writing.


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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.