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Online training: Finding good library stuff online!

Learn the skills to find, evaluate and manage the right information to be successful in your academic assignments

Finding good library stuff online!

The online training resources listed below are a collection of short interactive learning activities, designed to help you develop essential skills to find key library resources and successfully complete assignments.

Watch the video first and then complete the activities. Some of the learning activities have sound, so you may need headphones.

 

 

Understanding your reading lists

Allow approximately 8 minutes to complete this learning activity.

By the end of this activity you should be able to:

  • identify the different resources on your reading lists
  • use tools and approaches to find resources from your reading lists

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Searching for library books and resources

Allow approximately 6 minutes to complete this learning activity.

By the end of this activity you should be able to:

  • recall how to search for and access books, e-books, and individual journals
  • recall how to renew, reserve and transfer books
  • recall how to search course collections

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Finding journal articles and more

Allow approximately 5 minutes to complete this learning activity

By the end of this activity you should be able to:

  • recognise the differences between DelphiS and WebCat 
  • search for (e)resources, such as books and journal articles using DelphiS
  • limit and refine your search results

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Search strategies

Allow approximately 16 minutes to complete this learning activity.

By the end of this activity you should be able to:

  • explain what a search strategy is
  • identify key concepts and key words in a search question
  • use search tools and techniques, such as Boolean operators, phrase searching, and wild cards

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Evaluating information

Allow approximately 7 minutes to complete this learning activity.

By the end of this activity you should be able to:

  • recognise the difference between 'good' and 'bad' information
  • think critically and understand how to find good quality, reliable information
  • know how to get more help if you need it

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Referencing

Allow approximately 5 minutes to complete this learning activity.

By the end of this activity you should be able to:

  • understand what referencing is and why it is important
  • understand when you must reference
  • find out which referencing style you must use

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Using the Library - a simple guide for using the Library

Academic Skills - study skills advice and support

Advanced online training - find out about subject-specific databases and learn advanced library searching skills to support your studies and research.

Skills for Success workshops - reserve your place online.

Skills for Study - select modules from this interactive course, including: Reading and note-making; Critical thinking skills; Writing skills; Referencing and understanding plagiarism. Login to view and download relevant modules.

Linkedin Learning - develop new skills to enhance your learning

Off campus access - learn how to access library resources off campus.

Just got an assignment? Not sure how to start. This Assignment Planner is a step-by-step guide to help you plan, organise and find the resources you need to complete your assignment. You can save your work and return to the planner at any time.

Click on this link for transcripts of the Library online training learning activities.

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