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University of Cambridge

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Picture showing the Librarian giving an induction tour to students at the start of Michaelmas term
Librarian giving an induction tour

Library Induction Tours

Missed your Tour?

If you are unable to attend an induction tour you can watch our pre-recorded induction video or book an individual tour at a time to suit you by emailing library staff at library@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk.

Library Skills for Academic Study

The library provides a range of library skills for academic study on accessing subject resources, searching abstracting and indexing databases, e.g. Pubmed, Web of Science, Jstor, etc, presentation practice, referencing and Zotero.  All classes will be delivered in person and online via Zoom. 

Electronic Induction: Finding Electronic Resources (In person and virtual)

An orientation session on using the electronic resources is offered to each student when they start at Murray Edwards College. The session includes how to find books using the library catalogue, iDiscover, accessing online resources such as electronic books, electronic journals, your subject libguide, use electronic table of contents alerting services, interlibrary loans and how to use other research libraries.  To book a place see the booking calendar or email library@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk to arrange an individual appointment with Alberto.

Advanced Information Searching (In person and virtual)

Information searching workshops are available for all students.  Each session will provide advanced search tips that will save you time when searching for information and relevant journal articles using Cambridge’s electronic resources. At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand the information cycle
  • Understand the hierarchy of research material, ie. textbooks, edited books, conference proceedings, research journals, systematic reviews, clinical trials/randomized controlled trials
  • Be able to select the correct online resources for your subject, especially abstracting and indexing databases ie. Pubmed, Jstor, British Humanities Index, Web of Science, Cochrane Library
  • Devise search strategies to use in the above online resources ie. string searching, thesaurus searching, pico searching
  • Use alternative terminology
  • Use specific tips and techniques to save time when searching, ie. wildcards, boolean operators, proximity searching, truncation, phrase searching
  • Know how to save and re-run searches
  • Know how to export searches to email, PDF or reference management systems (see Zotero below)
  • Know how to evaluate web resources ie. who has written the information, is it biased, reputable source?

To book a place see the booking calendar or email library@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk to arrange an individual appointment with Kirstie.

Critical Reading (In person and virtual)

Learn more about how to read academic literature and improve your note-taking skills. Explore reading techniques, article structures and productive reading, while also discovering methods you can use to tackle your weekly readings. To book a place see the booking calendar or email library@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk to arrange an individual appointment with Alberto.

Reflective Practice and Writing (In person and virtual)

Learn more about reflective practice and how it can improve your academic experience. Review several models of reflection, learn about the barriers which prevent reflection, and how reflective writing can help you examine past experiences and prepare for the future.  To book a place see the booking calendar or email library@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk to arrange an individual appointment with Alberto.

Referencing with Emojis! (In person and virtual)

Confused with referencing and creating citations for your bibliographies? Come along and see how emojis can help boost your understanding of referencing. At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Know why you should reference
  • Be able to acknowledge the original source
  • Understand what parts of an article or image, etc, make up a reference ie. author, title, description
  • Know where to locate guidance on finding referencing styles (departmental handbook, library libguide)

To book a place see the booking calendar or email library@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk to arrange an individual appointment with Alberto.

Zotero: Managing your references with Zotero (In person and virtual) Workbook available

Zotero is a free online reference management tool. Find out how Zotero can help you gather, organise and produce references for your assignments and dissertations. After working your way through the workbook you will be able to:

  • Know how to use Zotero to collate and manage your research and references
  • Use the "cite while you write" word plug in
  • Be able to transfer references from abstracting and indexing databases and other online resources, into Zotero

To book a place see the booking calendar or email library@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk to arrange an individual appointment with Alberto.

How to Present Online (Running in Lent Term)

With COVID we have all had to get used to using MS Teams or Zoom.  However delivering in-person presentations online isn’t the same. Join the Librarian for this training session which will help you think about transferring your presentation online. The session will cover who your audience is, creating and delivering your presentation for an online format, accessibility issues and general online etiquette. If you have already started creating your presentation and want to receive constructive feedback, you’re very welcome to ask questions in the Q&A session at the end or arrange a time for the Librarian to view your presentation and give you tailored constructive feedback.  Please email library@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk to arrange an individual appointment with Kirstie.

Further training 

Information skills training may also be available through your faculty or department library, please check their individual web pages.