Information Skills Teaching Offer

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 a 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 offers 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 that could be delivered as part of your course.

How to arrange Library input on your module or programme

Below are details of sessions which you can request.

The Faculty Librarian team are happy to work with you to provide a specialist bespoke session to fit your student needs. Please contact the Faculty Librarian team to discuss this by emailing facultylibrarians@lancaster.ac.uk.

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Introduction to the Library

This session provides a basic introduction to Library services for your students.

Key areas covered

  • Range of print and online resources
  • OneSearch basics
  • Subject Guides
  • Study environments
  • Friendly and professional help

Duration

20 minutes

Context

This session is recommended for new students and is designed to help them get started.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to access OneSearch and perform a basic search
  • Students will recognise the range of information available to them from the Library
  • Students will be able to find their Subject Guide
  • Students will have an appreciation of the various study spaces available to them
  • Students will know that they can get help in various ways

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Finding and accessing Library resources

This session will help your students to use the Library more effectively

Key areas covered

  • Using OneSearch effectively
  • Search strategies
  • Finding and accessing Journal articles
  • Finding and using books and ebooks
  • Awareness of referencing guides and tools
  • Exploring your Subject Guide
  • Key database

Duration

1 hour

Context

This session is aimed at students in the first two terms of their studies. Ideally it would be timetabled to link with an assignment or assessment they are working on.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to prepare and conduct a search on OneSearch
  • Students will be able to interpret and manipulate search results in OneSearch and a key database
  • Students will be able to locate information about referencing and be aware of the different methods/tools available
  • Students will be able to find access and navigate through their Subject Guide and select appropriate resources for their needs

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Specialist subject specific Library resources

This session will introduce your students to subject specific resources that have unique content relevant to their studies.

Key areas covered

  • Finding and searching databases
  • Search strategies
  • Evaluating and refining your results
  • Finding other quality information eg conference papers, reports
  • Citation searching
  • Advanced search features
  • Alerts and keeping up to date

Duration

1 hour lecture or 1.5 hour practical session

Context

This session is aimed at students who need to gather information from a wider range of resources.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to recognise the need for alternative information sources within their subject
  • Students will be able to locate these information sources
  • Students will be able to develop strategies for searching for subject specific information

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Finding literature for your dissertation

This session will prepare your students to start finding information for their dissertation.

Key areas covered

  • Using OneSearch effectively
  • Search strategies evaluating and refining your results
  • Exploring your Subject Guide
  • Finding and searching databases
  • Finding other quality information eg conference papers, reports
  • Citation searching
  • Advanced search feature, alerts and keeping up to date
  • Using other Libraries and Interlending and Document Supply
  • 1-2-1 dissertation support

Duration

1 hour lecture or hour lecture followed with a practical session

Context

This session is aimed at students who are writing their dissertation proposal or are at an early stage of their research.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students to have a greater understanding of OneSearch to include refinement tools, interpretation
  • Students will be able to plan, execute search strategy and record results
  • Students will be able to use a wide range of information sources
  • Students will be aware of and be able to use advanced search features
  • Students will able locate information about referencing and be aware of the different methods/tools available

The Library also provides training on EndNote that can be embedded on modules for your dissertation students.