Curriculum Development

Library staff can work with you to ensure that information skills development is embedded at key stages in your modules.

Do you need your students to understand how to effectively undertake research using electronic and print resources? Would you like a subject specialist to talk to your class about resources available in your subject area? Are you convenor of a distance learning course and need to ensure that your students know how to effectively use the Library's electronic resources independently and off-campus?

The Library's Key contacts can offer taught sessions and workshops on a range of subjects including (but not limited to);

  • OneSearch
  • subject-specific databases and search tools
  • special collections and primary sources available at Lancaster University Library
  • wider sources of information
  • reference management and Endnote

The Library also offers a range of sessions for researchers as part of its Research Bites series that could be delivered as part of your course. 

How to arrange Library input on your module or programme

Contact the Library via and a member of our Academic Services Team will work with you to address the needs of your students. 


The Library can provide sessions that are bespoke for your subject area. We have run webinars for distance learning students using Adobe Connect/WebEx in the past, and talks can be recorded via Panopto for reuse in your Moodle area.

Here are just a few examples of sessions from the Library which are now embedded within modules each academic year.

Biomedical and Life Sciences

In Biomedical and Life Sciences, students starting their dissertations are given a talk on literature searching. This is followed by a series of compulsory workshops for up to 20 students at a time, where they carry out searches for scientific papers on their allocated topic with the assistance of Library staff. 


A one hour “Searching the Literature” talk is now embedded at the start of the Dissertation Module in Applied Mathematics, which introduces students to the main library databases and MathSciNet. It also highlights subject-specific databases which may be relevant for particular applications, from Computing to Medicine. 


Students’ ability to conduct an effective literature search and reference their work correctly contributes to the assessment of their independent projects (SSMs). The first SSM takes place in the second term of the students’ first year, and as part of the briefing for this module the Library provides training on searching the medical literature and using EndNote.


When a new lecturer took over the Sociological Research Skills and Techniques course, the Library was asked to contribute to this 2nd year module. The Library contributes to a seminar in the Michaelmas term, as well as providing a range of short videos via Moodle on the search process and different search tools that are available to students. Students then complete an assessment of an annotated bibliography and a short reflection on the search process.

To discuss how we can work with you to develop your students' research skills please contact