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Library Induction: Information & study skills

Information skills / Study skills

The Library can help you to develop information skills that will potentially help you achieve higher grades and enrich your experience of study/research. For examples of these skills, scroll through the images and captions below:

Find quality information. You will be expected to undertake independent research rather than rely solely on a list of recommended readings. To find additional information, search beyond Google and use library-provided databases.

Avoid plagiarism by fully understanding how to cite and reference the information that you use in your work.

Impress your future employer by proving that you can find, evaluate and synthesise different sources of information. These are vital workplace skills in today’s information-rich world.

Training, tutorials & other support

Many of you will have teaching sessions with your librarian covering the Library Catalogue, literature searches using databases and referencing. In addition to timetabled training sessions, note the following options provided by the Library and other departments:

  • SU Skills Training: workshops for all students provided by the Student Union.
  • Doctoral Skills Training: for postgraduate researchers: covers literature searching using specific databases, finding statistics, data management, open access publishing, copyright and referencing/plagiarism.
  • Skills Centre: guides to writing, understanding feedback and other academic skills. One-to-one support also offered.
  • Mathematics Resources Centre (MASH): guides, workshops and drop-in support for mathematics and statistics enquiries.