About Library Information Skills
The Library can help you develop information skills in order to:
Find quality information: to improve your grades, you will be expected to search independently for journal articles and books and not just rely on the recommended readings your lecturer has told you about. To find additional literature and resource, you should to use the Library's subject resources rather than just Google.
Avoid plagiarism: When you hand in your coursework, you declare that you haven't plagiarised or copied another person's work. You need to understand fully how to cite/reference the information that you use in your work.
Impress your future employer: the ability to find, evaluate and synthesise different sources of information is a skill that's vital to many workplace practices.
Training events & tutorials
- Training events for undergraduates and taught postgraduates
- Training events for research postgraduates: part of the DoctoralSkills programme - view previous presentations
- Information skills tutorial: finding recommended/additional books & articles
- Writing skills tutorial: for undergraduates and taught postgraduates: evaluating what you read, writing an essay/report, presenting an argument
- Evaluating Scientific Research Literature: a tutorial
- Researcher development tutorial: for research postgraduates: reviewing literature, managing records, search tips, intellectual property, writing skills
Finding and evaluating information
- How to find books & articles: how to search the catalogue & databases
- How to do a Literature Search
- How to understand shelf numbers
- How to understand journal abbreviations
- How to access online resources on & off-campus
- Evaluating information
- Keeping up to date: setting up alerts
- Systematic reviews Advice to help researchers undertake the various steps of a systematic review to provide a fully-informed and unbiased answer to a focused research question.
Referencing, plagiarism and copyright
- How to reference & avoid plagiarism
- Using EndNote Online to organise references
- Copyright: understanding copyright and keeping your copying legal