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Library Deskside Training: Home

Information and online booking from for the Library Deskside Training service
During the Covid-19 pandemic the Library is suspending face-to-face deskside training. Online and telephone consultations will still be available. Contact for more information.

Why deskside?

Library Deskside training session 

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.

Online help

Help key

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*).

* 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 NOC) 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).

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:

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.

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:

Literature searching using specialist databases:

  • Web of Science, Medline, Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts, Lawtel, and many, many more...

Search strategies

  • Find out how to search more quickly but effectively

eJournals and eBooks

eTheses and ePrints

Keeping up to date. Use of current awareness tools including:

  • Zetoc
  • RSS feeds
  • Setting up journal or database alerts

Reference management software:

  • EndNote

Measuring Research Impact:

  • Journal Citation Reports
  • Impact Factors
  • H-index

Open Access

  • Making your work open access

Research data management Topics include:

  • Data management planning
  • Preparing your data for deposit
  • Funder requirements for sharing data

Research IDs: How to get:

  • ISBNs
  • ISSNs
  • DataCite DOIs

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."