There are a number of videos and PowerPoint files available for you to watch / use in your own time to familiarise yourself with some of our online resources. (See the Videos tab for more information). They will range from general introductions, to advanced / expert to suit different stages of your student journey. (This guide is a work in progress and more material will be added over time.)
Before making an appointment with your Academic Librarian, please have a look at the help resources to see if they will answer your question. If you still have questions after you've looked at the videos then you can either attend one of the drop-in sessions set up at different sites (see the box below), or you can make an individual appointment.
If you're not sure where to start with your searching and you're a new student, then you may find it useful to begin with the material under the Videos / Files tabs for beginners.
If you need help with using the library, doing research, or citing and referencing, you can make a personal appointment with the Academic Librarian assigned to your programme, Sally Forrest.
Before making an appointment, have a look at the help videos and printable guides to see if they answer your question(s); if you haven't managed to get what you need from the help material then you can either come to one of the drop-ins set up for Engineering and Technology students or you can see if there's an appointment slot free that matches up with your schedule.
Appointments can be in-person, over the telephone (if you are based in the UK), or online via Blackboard Collaborate. You can choose your preference when booking.
You can make an appointment with Sally by clicking here.
Please note that although you can book up to two months in advance, certain weeks may be blocked out until the last minute at peak times e.g. during the autumn term to facilitate sessions for entire cohorts. There are a set amount of appointment slots available each week but they do go very quickly and due to other commitments extra appointments for weeks that are fully booked will not be possible.
The Library has a programme of workshops, drop-ins and clinics that runs throughout the academic year, called Enhance Your Learning. These workshops cover topics such as: library research, citing and referencing, maths skills, exam revision, report writing, presentation skills, note taking, using Google more effectively, and more!
Some of these sessions and workshops are delivered by members of the Skills Team, some are delivered by the Academic Librarians.
You can take a look at the Enhance Your Learning calendar for this week in the box below. Some events are free to just drop-in, others may require booking. The full calendar of Events can be found here.
We have a Skills team who can help with a range of academic skills, from planning and structuring essays, to revision and note-taking skills, interpreting feedback and citing and referencing. They also run drop-ins and workshops both face to face and online. (You may need to register for the workshops.)
To see which workshops and drop-ins are available and coming up, have a look at our events calendar in the box below.
We also have a wide range of Skills Guides available on the Libguides home Page. Just look for the link in the right hand column of the screen to the Skills Guides. They cover topics such as academic writing, critical thinking, preparing for presentations and using Microsoft tools.
We do try and avoid using too much library jargon when we answer you, but sometimes it still slips out! If you're not sure what we mean, please ask.
Alternatively, there is a helpful library glossary explaining frequently used words available here.
If your fellow students are being a bit noisy, you can report this to our Security team.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01332 591215.