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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

A tour of the library is given to each student when they start at Murray Edwards College. 

Undergraduate tours

This year's tours for undergraduate students are being delivered in household groups, unless you are taking part in the Flying Start Programme. Please ensure only one member of your household books for everyone.  A member of library staff will meet your household at the Library basement entrance.  As the library is a public space we request that each student wears a face covering unless they are exempt.  Tours are available on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 30 September 09.00-17.00
  • Thursday 1 October 09.00-17.00
  • Friday 2 October 09.00-17.00

Book an undergraduate induction tour here (Please use the calendar or scroll down to find the date and time you require)

Flying Start student tours

Special induction sessions have been timetabled on Tuesday 6th October for Flying Start students who are unable to attend the induction sessions outlined above with the rest of their household.  Please note Flying Start students do not need to book a space on Tuesday as library staff are expecting you at the times below:

  • Tuesday 6th October
    • 9.00-10.00 Engineering Flying Start students
    • 10.00-11.00 Natsci physical Flying Start students – surnames A-N
    • 11.00-12.00 Natsci physical Flying Start students – surname O-Z
    • 14.00-15.00 MML Flying Start students
    • 15.00-16.00 HML and AMES Flying Start students

Postgraduate tours

Tours for postgraduates are being delivered in groups of six individuals.  A member of library staff will meet you at the Library basement entrance.  As the library is a public space we request that each student wears a face covering unless they are exempt. Tours are available on the following dates:

  • Monday 5th October 9.00-17.00
  • Wednesday 7th October 9.00-17.00

Book a postgraduate induction tour here (Please use the calendar or scroll down to find the date and time you require)

Missed your tour?

If you are unable to attend an induction tour you can 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.

Finding electronic resources

Learn more about how to access online resources such as ebooks, ejournals, your subject libguide, use electronic table of contents alerting services for journals, Interlibrary loans and how to use other research libraries, via SCONUL schemes in this brief electronic overview. 

Advanced information searching

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?

Presentation practice

Do you ever wonder if your presentation will come across well when delivered to an audience?  Do you want the time to practice and receive constructive feedback?  If so, this drop in session is for you.  Come along to practice your presentation and receive help on how to improve your delivery and slides. At the end of the workshop, each person will received tailored feedback

Referencing with Lego!

Confused with referencing and creating citations for your bibliographies? Come along and see how lego serious play 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)

Zotero: Managing your references with Zotero

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. At the end of the workshop 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

Further training 

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