Library Ask & Learn Workshops

Workshops run during the main teaching trimesters. If no workshops are running, please contact your librarian for help.

Library Ask & Learn space, Level 1, Saltire Centre.
Bring your own laptop or borrow one for the workshop (15 maximum). No booking required, just come along on the day.

Discover RefWorks

In this hands-on workshop you will set up a new RefWorks account, learn how to import and manage references and how to create instant reference lists in your chosen style.

To join the online webinar click the link and you will be taken to the session. You will need sound enabled.

Successful Searching

This class is suitable for undergraduate students on any course. In this hands-on workshop you will:

  • learn how to break down your question into keywords
  • discover the most suitable places to search for the information you need
  • search efficiently using phrase searching, truncation and Boolean operators
  • practice filtering and evaluating your search results

Please note this class will not cover health specific searching (MESH, PRISMA) or health databases (CINAHL, MEDLINE).

Law resources for non-lawyers

Students not studying law are sometimes required to find and use legislation or case law. In this hands-on workshop for non-law specialists you will:

  • learn about the main sources of law
  • practise finding legislation and case law
  • explore specialist law resources for human resource management and construction
Literature searching for your Masters Dissertation

This hands-on workshop is suitable for any masters student embarking on their dissertation. You will build upon your existing search skills focusing on techniques for systematic searching including:

  • advanced search techniques including proximity searching and wildcards
  • recording your search process and your search results
  • translating your search from one database to another
  • using controlled vocabulary
  • going beyond the library’s collections
Getting Started with CINAHL (Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature)

This demonstration class is an ‘Introduction to searching CINAHL’. It is suitable for anyone new to searching CINAHL or needing a refresher on the basics.
The session will cover a live search on CINAHL demonstrating how to use Boolean operators and subject headings, applying limits to your search, saving your results and searches. (laptops are not required but you are welcome to follow on your own device)

Getting Started with Social Care Online

This demonstration class is an ‘Introduction to searching on Social Care Online’.  It is suitable for anyone new to Social Care Online or needing a refresher.

The session will cover a live search on Social Care Online including the use of Boolean operators, applying limits and saving your searches.
(laptops not required but you are welcome to follow on your own device)

Cracking keywords

This is a half hour workshop on generating keywords for your searches:  why bother, where to start and what to do with them?  The session includes practical exercises in generating keywords and alternative terms and combining correctly using Boolean operators. It is suitable for anyone who needs to develop a search strategy.

Conquering the Cochrane Library

This hands on workshop is an ‘Introduction to searching the Cochrane Library’. The session will include: running a search using a combination of MeSH heading and keywords, whether and when to explode terms and applying filters. Participants will be able to test out their own searches with support from the Librarian. (laptops will be available but you are welcome to use your own device)

Engaging with Engineering Resources

In this hands-on workshop you will learn about searching for engineering documentation using databases including IEEE, ASME and other specialist information sources commonly used by engineers in industry.
This class is aimed at undergraduates and taught postgraduates in engineering disciplines.

Keeping up to date

In this short session we will demonstrate tools for keeping up to date with the latest developments in your field of research, for example:

  • BrowZine
  • Journal TOCs
  • Database search alerts
  • Citation alerts

This class is aimed at postgraduate research students, but everyone is welcome.

A Quick Introduction to finding Marketing Reports for your Coursework

This short demonstration will show you the key library databases to use to track down high quality and up to date business Marketing Reports.