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On Track for your Masters

Provides information about 'On Track for Your Masters', an annual workshop programme for postgraduate taught students.

Catch up on On Track 2022

Missed a session you were hoping to attend? Below we've shared the presentations and other helpful content for lots of the On Track sessions - follow the links to catch-up on On Track 2022!

Please note that material is not available for all sessions. If you have any questions about a session that is not included here, please do get in touch.

Coming soon! On Track 2022 materials

Presentation materials and session recordings from On Track 2022 will be added to this page soon! In the meantime, you can review materials from the 2021 On Track programme.

On Track 2022 - Session recordings and materials

Checking sources for assignments (NEW!)

Take a look at the slides for this session or watch the recording for an overview on how to fact check and evaluate sources using the SIFT method.

Creating your Data Analysis Plan (2021)

Revisit the slides for this session to learn more about the steps to take to create an effective data analysis plan.

Finding academic sources (Arts and Humanities) - (NEW!)

Revisit the the slides for this session on finding and using sources for the humanities.

Finding academic sources for your dissertation (Social Sciences) (NEW!)

Watch the recording of this session on finding and using sources for the social sciences.

Finding data in business & the social sciences (NEW!)

Watch the recording of this session to learn more about some of the key places to find reliable data, and how to use in your research. 

Find it and use it, or create it - need data for your Masters thesis? UK Data Service perspectives (NEW!)

Revisit the slides from this session to learn about the data available from the UK Data Service, how you can find and access data, and the further support and training available.

Google search skills (NEW!)

Revisit the slides from this session for some tips on using Google for research. You can also complete our online tutorial on Google search skills to learn some top tips for making your academic searches on Google more effective.

Literature review (Social Sciences) (2021)

Revisit the slides from this session on the factors which need to be taken into account when planning and writing a literature review for social sciences, including structure, coverage and content, and style.

Literature searching skills (NEW!)

Catch up on the slides from this session or recording for top tips on making your searches more effective and efficient. If you missed it, check our our pre-recorded video on advanced search skills.

Make the most of your Library Services (NEW!)

Revisit the slides for this session to learn more about some services that the Library provides which can help you in your research. You can also view a recording of this session.

Online resources to help you with your data analysis (NEW!)

Take a look at the recording of this session on finding sources to help with data analysis for your research. 

OSCOLA for International Law (NEW!)

Have a look at the slides from this session to learn more about the general principles of OSCOLA referencing and how to cite basic international law materials.

Publishing with the Essex Student Journal (NEW!)

Take a look at the presentation slides or watch the recording of this session on publishing with the Essex Student Journal.

Structuring your dissertation (All Subjects) (NEW!)

Revisit the slides from this session on the factors which need to be taken into account when planning a dissertation.

Structuring your dissertation (Arts and Humanities) (NEW!)

Revisit the slides from this session on the factors which need to be taken into account when planning a dissertation for the humanities.

Structuring your dissertation (Social Sciences) (NEW!)

Revisit the slides from this session on the factors which need to be taken into account when planning a dissertation for the social sciences.

Using Eikon & Datastream to get data in business, economics & finance (2021)

Revisit the slides from the session to learn more about Eikon and Datastream, how they can be accessed, and how you can find data on them.

Using news and media resources in your research (NEW!)

Take a look at the slides for this session on using news and media resources for academic research. You can also watch a recording of this session if you missed it. 

Using special collections and archives in research (NEW!)

Watch a recording of this session to learn about how special collections and archives that you can use in your research.

Using Word to build your assignment, dissertation or thesis (NEW!)

Access session materials or watch a pre-recorded version (Essex Moodle login required). Visit the IT Training Toolkit for all course materials and a recording of a previous training session on top tips and guidance in using Word for your dissertation.

Writing introductions and conclusions for dissertation (NEW!)

Revisit the slides from this session to learn about how to write introductions and conclusions for your dissertation.