Essential Information Skills for Research


Semester 2 2014/15

All sessions we run at the Keele Campus take place in the Library Training Room on the Top Floor of the Keele Campus Library.  Click here to view the Campus Library Floor Plan

For details of training courses run by the Health Library please visit the Health Library Training Pages

Unable to attend our training sessions?

The Library - Getting Started

Wednesday 4th February 2015, 13:00 - 14:00 

Ruth Chell (Customer Services Manager)


New to Keele? (… or new to using the Library?) Want to get better at finding resources in the Library or online? Need to use e-journals or e-books but not sure where to begin? This short training session will help you to get to grips with using Library resources.

It will cover:

  • Finding and accessing items on a reading list
  • Using e-journals
  • Accessing e-journals and e-books from off-campus

You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have about using the Library.

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Audience: Open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students

Maximum number of participants: 30

Dissertation Research Surgery

Wednesday 11th February 2015, 12.00 - 13.00

Steve Parton (Liaison Librarian)


Problems with planning your research, or searching and retrieving information for your dissertation? Bring your questions along to this drop-in session and find the cure!

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Audience: Open to all undergraduate/postgraduate students

Maximum number of participants: 25

Basic RefWorks 

Monday 16th February 2015, 12:00 - 13:30

Wednesday 6th May 2015, 12:00 - 13:30 

Scott McGowan (Research Support Librarian)


An introduction to RefWorks: our web-based reference management software, available for all Keele staff/students.

By the end of the course you will know how to: 

  • Create your own RefWorks database
  • Import references from various bibliographic databases
  • Create references
  • Sort, search and manage your personal database
  • Produce bibliographies in different styles
  • Share your references with other people

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Audience: Open to all

Maximum number of participants: 25

Off Campus Access to Library Electronic Resources: Q&A

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 12.00 - 13.00

Tuesday 3rd March - 2015, 12.00 - 13.00

Michael Debenham (E-Resources Manager)


In this drop in session, you will have the opportunity to ask any off-campus access questions in person, via phone or email. To contact Michael during this session or at any other time:


Tel: 01782 734504

Room: 2.30, Campus Library.

Audience: Open to all

Advanced RefWorks

Monday 16th March 2015, 12.00 - 13.00

Scott McGowan (Research Support Librarian)


Aimed at more experienced RefWorks users, this session will explore the finer points of the RefWorks software, including many of the "customising" options available.

By the end of the course you will know how to: 

  • Globally edit references
  • Add your own "Keywords" terms to references
  • Set up RSS feeds through RefWorks
  • Create your own bibliography output styles
  • Manage your reference database

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Audience: Open to those with some working knowledge of RefWorks

Maximum number of participants: 25

Finding Journal Articles

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 13.00 - 15.00

Julie Beard (Liaison Librarian)


Find out how to plan a search and get the best results by learning about the literature searching process.

By the end of the course you will know how to: 

  • Devise an effective search strategy
  • Broaden or refine a search on a database
  • Find the full text of articles

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Audience: Open to all undergraduate or postgraduate students and academic staff

Maximum number of participants: 14

Open Access Publishing

Monday 30th March 2015, 11-00 - 13.00

Scott McGowan (Research Support Librarian)


This session will provide an introduction to this new and exciting area of publishing.

By the end of the course you will know how to: 

  • The concept of open access publishing
  • The impact of the open access movement on academic publishing
  • The various open access models currently available (e.g. Gold or Green)
  • Keele University's Research Repository and Open Access

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Audience: Open to postgraduate students, academic/research staff

Maximum number of participants: 25



For further enquiries on any of these courses please contact your School/Faculty Liaison Librarian directly: click here to view their contact details