Information Services

Information Literacy training

Academic Support Librarians (ASLs) help students develop the digital and information literacy skills they need to use library resources for study and research. Find out about our online information literacy courses, LibSmart I and LibSmart II, as well as live bookable sessions and how to request bespoke teaching as part of course programmes.

Welcome & Inductions

In order to welcome new students to the university, Academic Support Librarians (who form the Library Academic Support team) take part in Welcome Week activities.

In the past sessions have included: 

  • How to use the library online 

  • How to find academic literature online 

  • How to get help with accessing library resources if you need it.  

Information about events for newly arrived students, as well as links to recordings of past sessions are available from the New Students webpages.

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh


Library induction & information skills for timetabling into academic programmes

Academic Support Librarians also provide bespoke induction and information skills teaching as part of timetabled academic programmes. Content can be aligned to course learning outcomes and course materials can be used to support the training.

Please contact the Academic Support Librarian for the relevant subject area to discuss what could be possible.

Academic Support Librarians - view by subject area


Help with your studies


The LibSmart courses are the newest and smartest way to learn digital and information literacy skills which will be useful throughout (and after) your time at the University of Edinburgh. There are two LibSmart courses, both self-enrol courses on Learn, designed to be studied how and when it suits you.

LibSmart I has five modules taking you step by step from starting to use the library to researching a topic for a report or essay and is an ideal way to be introduced to what The Library can do for you and how you can get the best out of The Library.

LibSmart II's ten stand-alone modules go further into the library landscape, offering advice on more specialised library resources and services such as Digital news sources and Literature searching for systematic reviews.


Library Bitesize 

Library Bitesize sessions are presented by Academic Support Librarians in conjunction with the Digital Skills and Training team. They are short session of 30 minutes, suitable for students and staff at all levels, which introduce a wide range of topics, including: 

  • How to use the Library 
  • How to reference and avoid plagiarism 
  • Finding theses 
  • Fake news vs real news: discovering news sources 
  • Ten top tips for finding academic literature 
  • Using Google Scholar for finding academic literature 

Information about the full range of Library Bitesize and other other sessions offered under Digital Skills and Training is on their webpages where there is also information about booking and attending sessions.

Digital Skills and Training

Recordings of past Library Bitesize sessions are available on Media Hopper.

Media Hopper 

Academic Skills with the Institute for Academic Development 

The Library Academic Support team support the academic skills training on offer from the Institute for Academic Development (IAD). These sessions are usually longer (50 minutes), primarily designed to support postgraduate students and are currently held online. Bookable sessions are available on the following topics:  

  • Getting started with the Library 
  • Finding Academic Literature for your Dissertation 
  • Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote or Zotero
  • Searching Research Literature 

Information about upcoming sessions from the IAD website, where there is also written guidance on aspects of good study and academic practice.

Institute for Academic Development

Sign up to attend training sessions offered by IAD, and others, using Events Booking.

Events Booking (login required)

Booking an appointment with your Academic Support Librarian

It is also possible to meet with one of the Academic Support Librarians to help with your studies. We can assist with research, systematic reviews, dissertations and theses, and much more.  

Booking an appointment to consult an Academic Support Librarian


Contact Us 

To talk to a member of the Library Academic Support team about information skills sessions, training or any other matter, please submit a request via EdHelp or use the contact details for the Academic Support Librarian working with your subject area.

Academic Support Librarians by subject