Digital and information literacy
Academic Support Librarians help students develop the digital and information literacy skills they need to use library resources for study and research. Find out about LibSmart, our online information literacy course, our bookable courses and how to request bespoke teaching as part of course programmes.
LibSmart: Your library research starts here
A self-enrol Learn course to help you get started using library resources at the University, LibSmart is designed to be studied how and when it suits you. It has five modules that will take you step by step from starting to use the library to researching a topic for a report or essay. You can choose to work through every module or just the one or two most relevant to you.
You can revisit the course at any point during your studies, and use it as a hub of resources to support your personal and academic development. The content covers:
- Get started with accessing and using online library resources for your studies
- Explore and use key library resources appropriate to your discipline
- Find material for an essay or report on a topic
- Manage the information you’ve found and avoid information overload
- Use Library tools to develop good academic practice with citation and referencing
LibSmart includes reflective activities to get you thinking about your own skills, experiences and what you hope to achieve.
Enrolling on LibSmart
This is an online self-paced Learn course. To enrol, please follow these steps:
- Visit www.learn.ed.ac.uk
- Click on the Login to Learn button and enter your University (previously EASE) Login credentials if required.
- Click on Self-Enrol at the top right-hand side.
- Click on the Browse Course Catalogue button within the Course Catalogue section.
- In the Search Catalogue search box, type "libsmart” and click Go.
- To enrol, click on the down-pointing arrow next to the course title and choose Enrol.
- Click Submit followed by OK. You should now be able to view the course.
If you experience any access issues, please contact the IS Helpline at email@example.com.
These short, small group sessions cover key topics including using Google to find academic literature and referencing. See the full list of bookable courses on MyEd's Training and Event Booking page
We deliver weekly information literacy sessions during term-time covering a wide range of topics, including:
- How to use the Library (slides, Main Library)
- How to use the Library (slides, King's Buildings)
- How to reference and avoid plagiarism
- Discover the Library's digital primary sources
- Finding theses
- Fake news vs real news: discovering news sources
- Ten top tips for finding academic literature
- Using Google Scholar for finding academic literature
Sessions are held at the Main Library and the Murray Library, Kings Buildings and are bookable via MyEd.
Information Literacy sessions for Schools and Colleges
Academic Support Librarians work closely with their Schools and Colleges to deliver bespoke information literacy support and teaching as part of timetabled academic programmes. Information literacy course content is aligned to course learning outcomes, and references course materials.