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Library Deskside Training  

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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Why deskside?

Library Deskside training session 

We recognise that researchers need access to a wide range of online resources, many of wich 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.


Online help

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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 on working days*).


* At busy times

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 .


Who is eligible to use this service?

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 Liaison Librarian directly if you need help with library resources (contact details available on your LibGuides@Southampton subject page).


Make an appointment

Computer mouseApply for your deskside training sessions online:

  • To make a request for training, complete our booking form - you should receive a reply within two working days*

Enquiries and getting help:



What do we cover?

Library Deskside Training staff

We aim to provide training on a wide range of information resources useful to researchers, such as:

  • Bibliographic databases: Web of Science, British Humanities Index, Medline, Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts, Lawtel, and many, many more...
  • Creating effective search strategies - find out how to search more quickly but effectively
  • Current awareness tools: Zetoc, RSS feeds, setting up journal or database alerts, etc.
  • ePrints and eTheses
  • Measure Research Impact: Journal Citation Reports, Impact Factors, etc.
  • Reference managment software: EndNote, Reference Manager, etc.
  • ejournals and ebooks.

Feedback from previous users of the service

"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."


ResearchData@Soton Help

Deskside support for  researchers and project groups

We offer deskside support for research data management queries.  Topics include:

  • data management planning
  • preparing your data for deposit 
  • funder requirements for sharing data

Some funders and data centres have useful checklists and we can customise this for the University of Southampton environment based on your query.   

Help contact:


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