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Embedded teaching programme for new undergraduate students

Library Orientation Programme

  • This programme is for all new undergraduate students as part of your module SOES1013, SOES1014 or NATS1004 and a link to this site has been embedded in your course module on BlackBoard 
  • You are expected to work though this programme independently.
  • You should work through the materials over 4 weeks following the announcement sent via your BlackBoard module, you will need to plan time in to do this around your lectures, seminars and other learning activities.
  • This progamme includes practical exercises where you will need to email some information to your Personal Academic Tutor.
  • You should complete a test in BlackBoard to demonstrate that you have engaged with this programme

For any visiting undergraduate students who would like to complete this self-guided learning programme to develop your key library and study skills you can also complete the materials and exercises on this site


Welcome to the Library Orientation Programme

These activities will help you build and develop essential library research skills to support your studies.

At the completion of the 4 sessions you should complete a test in BlackBoard (SOES1013 / SOES1014 /NATS1004) to indicate that you have engaged with the Library Orientation Programme course.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this Library Orientation Programme you will be able to :-

  • search for books from a reading list using the library catalogue
  • prepare a search strategy to effectively find the best information for an assessed assignment
  • list criteria you can use to evaluate the information that you discover
  • use a literature database recommended for Oceanography and Earth Science to retrieve appropriate journal articles related to a piece of assessed work for your module (SOES1013/SOES1014/NATS1004)
  • describe how to use information responsibly through careful use of citations and referencing with two different referencing styles.

Click on the Getting started section to begin.

If you have questions or need advice please contact: Karen Rolfe at

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