Information Skills for Research

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

Training resources

Getting started with RefWorks

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

Getting started with RefWorks - Microsoft Sway presentation

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

An introduction to tools for research publication impact - Microsoft Sway presentation

A primer on literature searching

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

A primer on literature searching - Microsoft Sway presentation

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

Keeping up to date with your research - Microsoft Sway presentation

For details of training courses run by the Health Library please visit the Health Library training pages.