How the Library can help you in Semester Two?

Need help using or discovering Library resources? Need advice on referencing and citing? Not sure where to start with your systematic literature review? Or just want to know how to best use Google in an academic context? 

Main Library Study Area 01The Academic Support Librarian team are running several courses this semester through IS Skills which you can book onto via MyEd. These (mostly) 1 hour sessions allow you to get expert advice and hands-on experience, so whether you are a returning to the University after the winter vacation or are a brand new student at the University why not book on and become an expert yourself?

The following sessions are available (all are at Main Library unless otherwise noted):

Your references – get it right first time Tues 20 Jan, 1-2pm and Thurs 12 Feb, 12.30-1.30pm*
Study resources for literature reviews Thurs 22 Jan, 10am-12noon, Mon 23 Feb, 10am-12noon and Mon 16 March, 2-4pm
Finding images Tues 27 Jan, 1-2pm
Finding Patents literature Tues 3 Feb, 1-2pm
Finding historic newspapers Tues 10 Feb, 1-2pm
Finding current news Tues 17 Feb, 1-2pm
Library Resources Plus Tues 24 Feb, 1-2pm
Finding theses Tues 3 March, 1-2pm
Getting the best out of Google Tues 10 March, 1-2pm
Managing the literature in a systematic review – social sciences Tues 17 March, 1-3pm
Managing the literature in a systematic review- medicine Tues 24 March, 1-3pm

* The session on Thursday 12 February is at the James Clerk Maxwell Building, Kings Buildings.

To find out more about these sessions and how to book on go to the  IS Skills website. Booking usually becomes available 1 month prior to course date. You can also find information about other free courses you can book onto via this website so have a look at what is available to you.

For more help have a look at the new  Get Library Smart blog  that has lots of useful information and guides to getting the best out of the library and your research. Or contact your  Academic Support Librarian .

If you are in the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) please do contact Christine and I at if you have any queries on library related resources or matters or just need a little help using the Library. Follow us on twitter (@SPSLibrarian) or follow our blog to keep up to date with library matters for SPS.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

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