A large part of the work that the Academic Support Librarian team complete relates to training and providing Information Skills guidance, whether that’s in our individual schools or sessions which are open to all. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll already know about LibSmart, our online information skills course, but did you also know about some of the other training on offer?
Have you heard about Library Bitesize?
These short introductory sessions deal with a range of topics that we think will provide a good foundation in areas our students need to know about. They’re 30 minutes long and are run by ASLs and the Digital Skills team to help you get more information about skills and resources you might need to support your studying. While they’re aimed at beginner level and are particularly appropriate for Undergraduates, we think these are of use to students at any level of study. Just some of the topics include:
- Building complex searches for systematic reviews
- Choosing a reference manager
- Finding historical documents online
- How to reference and avoid plagiarism
- Introduction to copyright
- Introduction to resources for film studies
- Introduction to China-related information resources
For more information on upcoming sessions and information on how to register, visit the Digital Skills Resource Finder and search for ‘Bitesize’, or view the upcoming sessions directly on the MyEd Event Booking System.
We also record these sessions and upload them to our Media Hopper channel. You can view a playlist of past sessions here.
What if you need more in-depth training?
If you’re looking for advanced training sessions, you may be interested in our collaboration with the Institute for Academic Development. Together we run longer sessions which are usually attended by postgraduate students, though undergraduates are welcome too! These are themed around research and referencing. For example:
- (UG, PGT and PGR) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote
- (UG, PGT and PGR) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Mendeley
- (UG, PGT and PGR) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Zotero
- Finding Academic Literature (CAHSS)
- Finding Academic Literature (CSCE)
- Finding Academic Literature (PGR) – CMVM
- Finding Academic Literature – CMVM (Veterinary Medicine)
- Finding Academic Literature – School of Engineering
We also run ‘Getting the best out of the library’ sessions for PGT and PGR students at the start of term, and are part of the IAD’s mid-semester welcome event for postgraduate students. For more information visit the IAD’s Postgraduate pages.
If training sessions don’t work for you, what about a one-to-one appointment?
All our ASLs offer individual appointments to help students address specific questions about their work or research. A range of appointments are available via the MyEd Event Booking System – search for ‘literature search clinic’ to find available appointments with librarians from each college, or find the subject area specific to your needs.
Alternatively you can contact us directly by locating the ASL which works with your subject area. There’s more information about the one-to-one appointment system here.
We hope that with all these options for training available you will find something useful to support your studies. If we don’t offer a suitable session for your preferred learning style, why not get in touch with us to discuss?