Information Skills for Research

PhD Student or researcher? To find out more about Library Research Support, contact our Research Support Librarians.
Scott McGowan, tel: +44 (0)1782 734506 or email:
Scott Chesworth, tel: +44 (0)1782 734510 or email:

All Semester 1 (2020) sessions will be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams. Details will be made available upon signing-up. We've created some additional training resources for remote access. Links can be found within the session details.
For details of training courses run by the Health Library please visit the Health Library training pages.
Book on to your 'Information skills for research' session/s via Keele People. Choose 'Book onto a learning activity' and search for the name of the session/s you require. 

Searching the literature - Campus Library

The Library’s subscriptions provide access to millions of journal articles and this workshop will show you ways to plan and carry out effective literature searches to support your research.


  • Develop an effective search strategy
  • Broaden or refine a search using the Library databases
  • Access the full content of articles
  • Save and manage searches and results

Length of workshop: 1.5 hours
Audience: Open to Postgraduate students, academic/research staff
RDF mapping: A1; A2
Monday 2 November 2020, 10.00 - 11.30

Making most of Open Access to extend the reach of your research

Open Access is one of the key aspects of scholarly communication that researchers must consider when deciding on when and where to publish their research.
This workshop will explain the benefits of Open Access for you as an individual researcher, for your research community and wider society and how taking the initiative to openly self-archive your work can enhance your research reach and impact.

By the end of this session you will:

  • Know how to choose the most appropriate and achievable Open Access publishing method for your work
  • Be able to ensure compliance with institutional, funder and REF Open Access requirements
  • Know how to use Keele’s publications system to self-archive your research publications and its datasets
  • Understand how Keele’s Open Access staff can help you

Length of workshop: 2 hours
Audience: Open to Postgraduate students, academic/research staff
RDF mapping: A1; B3; C1; D2; D3
Monday 19 October 2020, 10.00 - 12.00
Monday 7 December 2020, 10.00 - 12.00

An Introduction to tools for measuring research publication impact

Understand the tools used to measure research impact and how to identify the most influential journals for publishing.


  • Understand the types of impact factors there are and their uses
  • Know how to measure impact factors using Web of Science and Publish or Perish
  • Understand about alternative metrics
  • Publishing Open Access

Length of workshop: 1.5 hours
Audience: Open to Postgraduate students, academic/research staff
RDF mapping: A1; B3; D2; D3
Monday 30 November 2020, 10.00 - 12.00
A remote training resource is also available for this session.

Research data management: basics for funding bids, archiving and access

This session aims to provide advice and practical help on research data management, with an emphasis on how research data can be archived through the new Keele Data Repository to meet funder policy requirements as well as to evidence engagement with the open research agenda for the next REF.


  • Discover how Keele's Research Data Repository can be used for open archiving of your research data
  • Find out more about funder policies around research data management.
  • Learn good practice in preparing a Data Management Plan for your research funding bid - what are funders looking for?
  • Learn about the open data considerations for REF 2021
  • Understand current options around open archiving of research data

Length of workshop: 2.5 hours
Audience: Open to all research staff and postgraduate research students
RDF mapping: A1; B3; C1; C2; D2; D3
Monday 23 November 2020, 10.00 - 12.30

We've created some additional training resources for remote access.

Remote training resources

Introducing RefWorks for reference management

Managing references for a large project or thesis is essential and RefWorks – the Library’s reference manager – will make the job quicker and easier. If you’re used to keeping track of references manually then RefWorks is going to be a massive time-saver!


  • Create your own RefWorks account
  • Import references from Library databases inc. LibrarySearch
  • Organise references into folders
  • Create bibliographies/reference lists in your chosen referencing style

Microsoft Sway presentation
Video demonstration delivered by Liaison and Research Support Librarian, Scott Chesworth.

Keeping up to date with your research

As a researcher, it can be difficult to keep track of the latest research in your field – searching the Internet or browsing the journals in your subject area. However, there’s an easier way to do this and it only takes a few minutes to set-up. This Sway will explore the tools available to help you keep-up-to-date with your research.


  • Understand how Library tools can make information collection easier
  • Create alerts from Library subscription databases
  • Understand how Social Media can be used to enhance your research

Microsoft Sway presentation