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Teaching Staff

A guide for IMBE and FHSCE staff about the Library

Help from your Liaison Librarian

This page lists the Library's suite of curriculum-embedded sessions that can be adapted and tailored to individual course requirements or linked to a specific assignment. Please contact your Liaison Librarian if you would like to discuss the content of an existing embedded session, or organise a new one.

In addition to the curriculum-embedded sessions on offer to students, the library offers a suite of Information Skills sessions that run in the Library Training Room throughout the year. These are available to staff and students, and dates are published quarterly. Course/booking information can be found here.

We also offer drop-in support at our Research Enquiries Desk (located in the Quiet Study area of the library) and 1:1 support, which is often required during assignment preparation or as a result of receiving feedback.  Please encourage your students to contact their Liaison Librarian to arrange individually focused sessions.

Information Literacy Training

Audience: All new undergraduate and postgraduate students

Format: Welcome lecture presentation and online activities

Duration: 10 + 30 minutes

The online induction has been designed to introduce new students to the range of resources and services available in the Library. Through a combination of short videos and online quizzes, students will learn how to find resources to support their academic achievement and know where to access help both online and in person. The induction offers practical guidance on everyday Library activities, including borrowing books, changing passwords and accessing online resources.

Learning Objectives:

  • Practise using the Library website to orientate themselves with Library services
  • Identify relevant resources such as Hunter and LibGuides
  • Locate online and face-to-face help and support

Audience: Undergraduate year one

Format: Presentation and breakout activities

Duration: 60-90 minutes

This introductory literature searching session concentrates on using Hunter to locate different types of evidence. Students will be introduced to the importance of planning a search, considering alternative terms and using Boolean operators. Further useful resources such as PubMed, Internurse and NICE Evidence may be incorporated as appropriate.  This session can also incorporate an optional assessment element if required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and locate different types of evidence
  • Plan a basic search strategy
  • Apply advanced search skills in Hunter or other resources
  • Recognise their Liaison Librarian as point of contact for further support and guidance

Audience: Undergraduate year two, taught postgraduate year one.

Format: Presentation and breakout activities

Duration: 60-90 minutes

Building on the skills learnt in year one (or in previous studies) this session concentrates on using more sophisticated tools to carry out a literature search. Students will be introduced to advanced searching techniques and are encouraged to use these in planning and developing their own search strategy. Boolean operators will be revisited.  The resources used for research can be discussed with academic staff prior to the session in order to select the most appropriate ones, for example Cinahl vs Medline.  This session may include an optional activity where students can submit their search strategies for feedback from their Liaison Librarians.

Learning Objectives:

  • Plan a sophisticated literature search
  • Demonstrate effective use of appropriate databases
  • Review results and edit search terms to improve sensitivity of search

Audience: Undergraduates and taught postgraduates undertaking an extensive piece of research such as their dissertation. Likely to be 3rd year undergraduate or 2nd year postgraduate.

Format: Presentation and breakout activities

Duration: 90 minutes

This session provides students with an opportunity to use a range of resources to explore the literature for their dissertation or research topic.  A range of search strategies will be presented and analysis of the material they find will be discussed.  Some help for individual search strategies/topics will be available during the session breakout activities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Plan a sophisticated literature search
  • Demonstrate effective use of appropriate resources
  • Review results and edit search terms to improve sensitivity of search
  • Identify the tools available to critique research literature
  • Evaluate information and use it successfully and in context
  • Locate library resources available to researchers and where to get help

Audience: Students may be offered a Referencing session in Year 1 and a Refresher session in Year 2.

Format: Presentation and breakout activities

Duration: 60 minutes

This session provides students with an overview of referencing principles and demonstrates how to avoid plagiarism through incorrect referencing. It features opportunities for student to practise referencing a variety of information sources using the Harvard system based on Cite Them Right.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain why it is important to reference in their academic writing
  • Reference a range of information sources using SGUL’s Harvard referencing style.
  • Navigate CiteThemRight online
  • Identify further resources and services for referencing help

Audience: All undergraduates and taught postgraduates.

Format: Hands-on practical session

Duration: 60-90 minutes

This practical demonstration of RefWorks offers students the chance to gain experience in managing bibliographic information from sources such as Hunter, EbscoHost, Ovid, PubMed and Google Scholar.  Appropriate sources can be discussed with academic staff prior to the session. Students will learn how to manage their references within the software and how doing so can help with referencing extensive pieces of academic writing e.g. dissertations, theses etc. The session also explores the Write N Cite add-in which can be used to insert citations and generate bibliographies in Word documents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Import references to RefWorks from a variety of sources
  • Organise and manage a variety of references in RefWorks
  • Practise using Write N Cite to create in-text citations and generate bibliographies in Word

Additional support

The Research Enquiries Desk is staffed from 11am to 2pm, Monday to Friday during term time and 12-2pm during the summer. These hours are subject to change depending on staffing levels so please check in advance by phoning the Library Helpdesk on 020 8725 5466 (Monday-Friday, 8am to 6pm).


Drop in for queries about finding information, accessing resources, and for brief guidance on referencing. For literature searching and learning how to use the databases, please see our training pages or contact your liaison librarian.

Your students can get help from staff at the Library Helpdesk or Research Enquiries Desk any time, but some students might prefer to arrange an appointment  with a member of the Liaison Team.

Your Liaison Librarian can offer students:

  • A quick starting point to assess the resources they need;
  • An in-depth demonstration of resources tailored around a specific question.

Please encourage your students to get in touch.