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 course LibSmart, other available bookable courses, and how to request bespoke teaching as part of course programmes.

Welcome & Inductions

In order to welcome new students to the university, the ASL team take part in Welcome Week activities. In the past we’ve run sessions on: 

  • How to use the library online 

  • How to find academic literature online 

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

You can make bookings and find recordings of past online information sessions from September and January on the following page:  

New Students: Online Information Sessions   


ASLs can also offer bespoke inductions 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. Course organisers can request this support using the form below. Alternatively, please contact the Academic Support Librarian for your subject area for more information on how we can support your subject.   

Form to request bespoke Information Literacy sessions 


Help with your studies


LibSmart is the newest and smartest way to learn about Information Skills. A self-enrol course available on Learn, 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.  

Find out more about LibSmart and how to enrol on the LibSmart page

Library Bitesize 

Library Bitesize sessions are offered by the Academic Support Librarian staff in conjunction with the Digital Skills team and are suitable for students and staff at all levels. We deliver short sessions of 30 minutes which act as an introduction to 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 

Find out more and book a place for future sessions on the Digital Skills and Training page. You can also view recordings of past sessions which have been uploaded to Media Hopper.  

Academic Skills with the Institute for Academic Development 

The ASL team support the academic skills training on offer from the Institute from 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, Zotero and Mendeley 
  • Searching Research Literature 

Find information about upcoming sessions on the IAD webpages, and book using the MyEd Events booking system (login required). 

1-2-1 appointments 

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

Booking an appointment with the ASL team  


Contact Us 

If you want to speak to a member of the ASL team about information skills sessions, training or any other matter you can find contact details for the Academic Support Librarian working with your subject area using the following link, or by submitting a request through EdHelp.  

Academic Support Librarians by subject