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Coffee lectures in the Earth Sciences Library (winter semester 2023/24)

News from Oct 04, 2023

In the winter semester 2023/24 we offer the following Coffee Lectures.

  • Thursdays 3:15 - 3:45 pm in the Earth Sciences Library in Lankwitz and simultaneously online.
  • To participate online, simply use the meeting link. The online stream will not be recorded.
  • Without registration.
  • We have space for about 20 people in the library: first come, first served. Of course there will be fresh coffee free of charge.
  • The presentations will be held in German or English.
  • Presentation slides will be made available on this website.


02.11.2023 Die Geowissenschaftliche Bibliothek stellt sich vor (in German)

Books and journals, expert advice, training courses, cozy corners and organic coffee... The Earth Science Library has a lot to offer! In this Coffee Lecture, we introduce ourselves as a library team and explain how we can support you in your studies and research. Everyone who wants to learn about the library services and the people behind them is invited: First-year students as well as long-time GeoCampus residents are welcome to bring your questions and concerns to share. We look forward to seeing you! Presentation slides


09.11.2023 Das Bibliotheksportal Primo für Studierende der Geowissenschaften (in German)

This Coffee Lecture introduces the library portal Primo and explains how it can be used to find books and journal articles effectively. We will highlight the strengths and limitations of Primo and indicate in which cases other search tools should be used to complement Primo. Presentation slides


16.11.2023 Die Kartensammlung in der Geowissenschaftlichen Bibliothek (in German)

We give an overview of what is available in the map collection and what possibilities there are to borrow maps or have them digitised. Presentation slides


23.11.2023 Qualitätskriterien bei der Literaturauswahl (in German)

In this Coffee Lecture we will give advice on how to evaluate scientific literature. Furthermore, the advantages, but also the problems of quality assurance in the publication process, especially in peer review, will be explained. Finally, 'Predatory Publishing' will be discussed. Presentation slides


30.11.2023 Mehr als Primo: wenig bekannte Rechercheinstrumente an der Freien Universität Berlin (in German)

We briefly introduce useful research tools and show what the special features are: the database information system (DBIS) of the FU Berlin, the Web of Science, the KOBV portal and the search portal GEO-LEO. Presentation slides


07.12.2023 Google Scholar: strengths and limitations (in English)

A popular and wide-ranging academic search engine… sounds great! But Google Scholar also has its limitations, most notably with regard to coverage and search functions. Understanding those limitations will help you use Google Scholar more effectively and know when to supplement it with other academic databases. Presentation slides


14.12.2023 Quality of open access journals (in English)

In principle, the quality of open access journals is just as good (or bad) as that of "traditional" journals. But there is a difference: the business model on which most open accessjournals for the sciences are based can tempt publishers to deliver poor quality (predatory publishing). We explain the mechanism and present our position on this. Presentation slides


11.01.2024 ChatGPT: use it or lose it? (in German)

Is it possible to have texts and literature delivered on command and thus make studying stress-free(er)? We shed light on the possibilities and pitfalls of using ChatGPT and present Freie Universität Berlin's position on the use of AI tools by students.

Präsentationsfolien (mit Links)

Eckpunkte zum Umgang mit KI-basierten Systemen und Tools in Studium und Lehre der FU

Impulsvortrag mit Workshop: ChatGPT - Das Ende der Hausarbeit?

Studie zu ChatGPT für den Deutschen Bundestag

Business&Beer "Generative KI: Ein Jahr später - Erfolge, Herausforderungen und Zukunftsausblicke"


18.01.2024 Legal aspects of the re-use of image material (in English)

When re-using copyrighted images, photos or graphics, there is often uncertainty as to which uses are permitted. We explain the basics of German copyright law and the special permissions (facilitations) that apply to the domain of research and teaching. Presentation slides


25.01.2024 Richtig zitieren in den Geowissenschaften 1  – Grundlagen (in German)

Citation is a central aspect of "good scientific practice" that all students and researchers must follow: it is considered plagiarism to reuse content verbatim or paraphrased without acknowledging the source. We explain the most important basic rules. Presentation slides


01.02.2024 Richtig zitieren in den Geowissenschaften 2 – Praxisbeispiele (in German)

Using different examples, we show how books, articles and websites can be cited in (student) research projects. We also present the citation guidelines of the Institute of Geographical Sciences (the so-called "Möllerskript") as well as the recommendations at the Institutes of Geological Sciences and Meteorology. Presentation slides


08.02.2024 Explaining ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) (in English)

ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, strives to enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their research output, and their affiliations by providing a unique, persistent identifier for individuals. We explain why it is great to have an ORCID and point out three important things to implement in your ORCID profile to get the most out of it. Presentation slides


15.02.2024 Open science: Creative Commons licences explained (in English)

We explain what Creative Commons licences are and how to create 'open access' for your own publications (reports, posters, bachelor's, master's and doctoral theses, journal articles, etc.) in a legally secure way by choosing the appropriate licence. Presentation slides


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