We recognise that researchers need access to a wide range of online resources, many of which are provided by the Library - yet researchers are also extremely busy, so finding the time to get advanced training in everything that the Library has to offer can be difficult.
Our deskside training service gives you the opportunity to have training in a location convenient to you - whether that's in the Library, or in your own office.
For some appointments we can offer help online and guide you through resources as you view them onscreen.
This is available wherever you are - on campus, at home or anywhere else in the world (however appointments are likely to be only available from 09:00 to 17:00 GMT/BST on working days*).
During October it may take slightly longer for us to get back to you - we apologise in advance if this is the case.
By "working days" we mean Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00 throughout the year. We do not offer appointments for weekends, bank holidays or University closure days .
The deskside training service is available to staff (University, NHS and NERC) and research postgraduates only.
If you are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate student, please contact your Academic Engagement Librarian directly if you need help with library resources (contact details available on your LibGuides@Southampton subject page).
Apply for your deskside training sessions online:
Enquiries and getting help:
Note: NHS staff are recommended to email us directly to book an appointment if you are unable to access the booking form via your browser window.
We aim to provide training on a wide range of information resources useful to researchers, such as:
Literature searching using specialist databases:
eJournals and eBooks
eTheses and ePrints
Keeping up to date. Use of current awareness tools including:
Reference management software:
Measuring Research Impact:
Research data management Topics include:
Research IDs: How to get:
"All of my questions were answered allowing me to competently use EndNote for writing my thesis. Knowledge of trainer and delivery was very good. Thanks!"
"Really helpful. I think the main thing to say is that one comes away with a much higher level of confidence."
"The session [...] was very helpful; I wish that I had approached her beforehand as she was able to answer all my questions [and] guide me towards a better way of searching. Many thanks."
"I learned a great deal which I can use in my teaching and research activities and pass onto students. Thanks."
"I found it very relaxing being able to have a training session in my own working environment and on a one to one basis. I could ask questions relevant to my work and would not have any problems contacting you for assistance in future."