We continue to offer you 1:1 advice and support for your literature searching needs. Please contact us at email@example.com to request an online meeting.
For updates and more information about library services and support, please check the UCL Library Services web site.
Queen Square Library offers free library skills support & training to UCL staff & students & UCLH staff, with a focus on UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology & National Hospital for Neurology. You must be registered as a library member to attend (NHS users: please contact us to check if you are not sure whether or not you are registered).
All training is currently being delivered online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- What is available and when? See below for details of courses on offer and view the training calendar for dates and times (and to book a place).
- What if I can't attend? Visit LibrarySkills@UCL for recorded training; also see our list of online guides.
The programme of courses for staff and students of UCL and staff from UCLH comprises:
- Bookable courses and brief demos
- Induction sessions
- One-to-one sessions
- The library also provides free online guides and advice about keeping yourself up to date (current awareness).
Bookable courses and brief demos:
These run throughout the year and aim to help you to develop your skills and to take full advantage of the search tools on offer. See the training calendar for dates and times at all sites. Locally at Queen Square we focus on courses coveringn the following topics but we can offer courses on other topics too, so please let us know what you need to know.
- Search skills focusing on Pubmed
- Search skills focusing on OvidSP databases (includes Medline, Embase, PsycINFO)
- Introduction to Endnote
- Introduction to Mendeley
These face to face sessions are not currently on offer due to Covid restrictions. Please have a look at our virtual tours and contact us if you would like more information about the Queen Square Library. You can also visit UCL Library Services' Getting Started site.
- Developing your search - We can offer advice if you are working on a search. Please contact us to make an appointment and also see details of our literature search service for clinical staff.
- Your publications: UCL Research Publications System (RPS) - We offer one-to-one advice about how to register your publications in the UCL Research Publications Service (RPS). You will learn how to check & edit your list of publications within RPS, how to adjust your profile settings to optimise the auto-retrieval of your publications from PubMed, Scopus & Web of Science. Also see our online guide to RPS and our publications page.
- Exploring your publications impact - We can offer one-to-one advice for research-active staff & research students who wish to explore the 'impact' of their own & others' publications using bibliometrics. Bibliometrics can be an important part of demonstrating the value and quality of research and focuses on measures such as citation counts & h-indexes, using Web of Science & Scopus. For more complex queries and in-depth information about bibliometrics, visit the UCL bibliometrics website.
- Critical Appraisal - we do not currently offer critical appraisal training - please contact us for advice if you need help with this and also see some suggested tools for critical appraisal.
Other sources of training, on topics other than information and information skills, are available for both NHS staff and for UCL staff & students, including:
- Digital skills training from UCL ISD for UCL staff & students.
- courses for NHS staff on the UCLH intranet site (NB: accessible only from NHS PCs)
- courses for NHS staff from eLearning for Healthcare - including Building the Foundations (introductory modules to help you to assess your current level of skill, ensure that you are searching for information in the right place and develop a simple search strategy) and Developing the Skills (to help you use a range of searching techniques to find relevant articles quickly and easily; to narrow and broaden your search).