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Skills Workshops: Microsoft Word 1: Essentials for academic writing

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Microsoft Word 1: Essentials for academic writing

About this workshop

Do you use Microsoft Word like a typewriter e.g. clicking on B to apply bold to a piece of text or pressing the Enter key several times to create space between paragraphs?  This method, although it does get the formatting done, is not very efficient and takes a long time and many clicks on the mouse before you have finished.  

Come along to this workshop and learn more about using the features of MS Word that can help you format your work more efficiently and consistently - see how much time and effort you will save, giving you more time for research.  

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Use styles in MS Word. This enables you to:
    • Automate formatting to meet departmental/faculty guidelines
    • Control how headings and text appear (this will save you LOTS of time)
    • Create new styles to suit your needs
  • Create an automatic table of contents
  • Use breaks and section breaks. This enables you to:
    • Start new pages/columns
    • Vary page numbering within a document (e.g. i, ii, iii, 1, 2, 3,)
    • To have landscape and portrait pages within the same document
  • Edit page margins (for printing purposes)
  • Saving formats to a template

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is useful for students and researchers of any level who need help with formatting long documents such as dissertations and theses. 

This workshop is run by a Library Skills Adviser


Register for this series

We are running a series of summer workshops aimed at giving postgraduate students the skills they need to format and structure their dissertations or theses effectively and efficiently.  

When you register you will be expected to attend ALL THREE workshops.  They take place in Cohen 107 Computer Room.

Summer Word series

This workshop is only available as part of a series.  Register for all sessions:

  • Microsoft Word 1 - Essentials for academic writing
    10:00-12:00 Tues 23rd August
  • Microsoft Word 2 - Features for structuring your dissertation/thesis
    10:00-12:00 Wed 24th August
  • Microsoft Word 3 - Consolidating thesis chapters using a master document
    10:00-12:00 Thurs 25th August

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This session is part of a linked series

Booking onto one of these workshops will also book you on to the other linked sessions: