Information Skills Training

What we do ...

Whether you need to know how to find a book or journal article, or need tips on formatting your references, you can come to us for help.

Book an appointment through our Ask the Library Trainer service.

We can help with finding books and information sources for your assignments, guide you on how to use RefWorks, our current referencing software package. 

 

Online Training

Your Faculty Librarians have developed a suite of online materials to help you help yourself to extra Library training.

Finding journal articles using Discovery


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Smart students use academic articles alongside their books.

Get started with Discovery, the single-search tool for finding books and journal articles from a wide range of Library resources.

Successful Literature Searching

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Building on the knowledge gained in the "Finding journal articles using Discovery" workshop, this session highlights and demonstrates strategies that you can use to make your literature search more efficient and improve the relevance of your results.

You will explore ways to improve a search including phrase searching, truncation, and using the Subject Terms to help you.

Advanced Literature Searching

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This session explores some different techniques you can use to help you get high-quality, relevant results to use in your work. We will cover using the Search History to formulate a logical and efficient search strategy, Thesaurus Searching and Citation Searching.

Getting started with REFWORKS

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Keeping track of references and typing up a bibliography can be a time-consuming task.

Find out how to collect and manage your references in just a few clicks, and also how to quickly create a bibliography in the style of your choice.

Advanced REFWORKS

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Expand your knowledge of RefWorks. Topics covered will include using Write-n-Cite to insert and edit citations within the text of your document and create a reference list from your citations. We will also explore importing bibliographical material from alternative sources such as web sites, and attaching documents to references in RefWorks.

Lynda.com - expand your skillset

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This session introduces Lynda.com, a database containing over 2500 professional video tutorials. Lynda.com can help you develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, project management, social media, CAD and a wide range of other topics.

Improving your own skills

Try lynda.com

Students and staff at UCLan now have unlimited online access to lynda.com - high-quality training videos and tutorials covering a wide range of software, technology and business topics.

  1. Go to www.lynda.com
  2. Select Login (top right-hand corner)
  3. Under Log in through your organization or school enter www.uclan.ac.uk and click Go
  4. Enter your UCLan username and password

Finding information for your subject

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Uclan has a vast wealth of information sources for you to use. This session introduces you to the "Resources for your Subject" web pages which have been designed to help you to identify the most useful sources for your specific study area.

Introduction to our News Sources

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"Read all about it!" Using newspapers to inform your research. This session looks at using Nexis, our database of news sources.
Newspaper articles are written for the general public, hence they are a great source for gaining an initial insight into a particular subject area. Learn how to interrogate Nexis in order to get the best results for your research.