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Information Skills Menu: Home

A selection of topics your librarians can cover in information skills session - take a look and get in touch with us!

Info skills menu

Fed up with students not using a good range of sources?
Want them to use the library resources more effectively?
Pick topics from our information skills menu and get in touch with your subject librarian!

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An introduction to Computing and Library Services

A Basic Induction.

  • Finding & Borrowing books;
  • Printing from and accessing library computers;
  • Basic introduction to accessing and using Summon
  • We recommend all new students (first years and top-up students) have an induction; these can also be delivered as a 'refresher' session for returning students
  • Formats available: 
    • Lecture and demonstration in a PC lab, lecture theatre or classroom

Takes 20 to 30 minutes


Using Summon (Basic)

Using Summon (Basic).


  • Accessing Summon;
  • Customising the Summon homepage;
  • Using filters to fine tune searches;
  • Accessing full text;
  • Saving items.
  • (Advanced options: Advanced search box; Accessing materials we don’t own; Using A-Z list of journals).

Takes 15 to 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes "hands on".

Developing a search strategy

Developing a search strategy

  • Picking keywords from an assignment title
  • Identifying alternative search words
  • Narrowing or broadening a search
  • Building a search string using AND and OR (Boolean search operators)
  • Using the PICO method (for health sciences students)
  • Suitable for all students - we recommend that students receive this session in their first or second year
  • Formats available: 
    • Lecture theatre demonstration 
    • Interactive workshop in PC lab or classroom (upto 30 students) 

Takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Improving students referencing skills

Referencing Using APA 

  • The basics of referencing using the university standard (APA);
  • Using the APA reference builders
  • Suitable for all students
  • Formats available
    • Lecture theatre demonstration for large groups (30+)
    • Interactive workshop in a PC lab or classroom for small groups (upto 30)

Takes 10 - 15 minutes


  • Signing up for RefWorks
  • Importing references from Summon
  • Importing references from databases
  • Setting up folders
  • Exporting references
  • Using "Cite-N-Write" function in Word
  • Recommended for final year undergraduate students onwards
  • Formats available: 
    • Internactive workshop in a PC lab for groups of approximately 30 (recommended)
    • Lecture theatre demonstration for larger groups (30 +)

Takes 20 - 45 minutes depending on format


  • Setting up an EndNote library 
  • Importing referencing in EndNote
  • Using "Cite While You Write" function in Word
  • Where to find further guidance
  • Recommended for postgraduate students onwards (although it may be appropriate for some final year UG students)
  • Formats available:
    • Interactive workshop in a PC lab for groups of approximately 30 

Takes 60 - 90 minutes 


Other Basic Options

Other "basic" options.

  • Sources of Information
  • Using images and Non-traditional
  • Copyright and Referencing
  • Using other libraries (SCONUL  Access, British Library reading rooms, Inter-library loans)
  • PICO (method of constructing a search question)

Finding specialist information for your subject

Specialist subject resources 

  • Using subject specific databases to find information, for example: 
    • Finding financial and company information
    • Finding primary sources of legal information 
    • Finding images, videos and non-traditional materials
    • Finding industry standards
    • and many more...
  • Suitable for all students
  • Formats available: 
    • Interactive workshop in a PC lab for approximately 30 students (recommended)
    • Lecture demonstrating the resources 

Bespoke teaching sessions are developed just for your students. 

Takes 30 - 60 minutes 

Evaluating sources

Evaluating information 

  • Methods of assessing quality of information sources found.
  • Can include critiquing articles or online sources.
  • Suitable for all students 
  • Formats available: 
    • Lecture/discussion
    • Workshop in a PC lab or a classroom (upto 30 students) 

Takes 30 minutes.

Citation Searching

Citation Searching (advanced)

  • Using SCOPUS and Google Scholar to trace where an article has been cited.

Takes 20 minutes, plus recommended 30+ minutes “hands-on”

Other advanced Options

Other Advanced Options

  • Bibliometrics
  • Finding journals to publish in
  • Open access issues
  • Using social media.
  • A wide range of Digital Literacy Skills.