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Sessions offered

Our training sessions are held at various venues across UCL and may be attended by any UCL staff or students or NHS staff who are UCL library members.

Individual training session

There is no charge for attendance. Details on how to book are included with the descriptions for each session.

Materials to accompany selected sessions are available.

We can also arrange customised sessions for groups, individuals or as part of an academic course - please contact your librarian or library.

Introductory sessions

Orientations and inductions

These sessions include a tour of the relevant library, introduction to subject specific resources and a short induction in how to use the Explore, the library catalogue, to find print and online materials.

Group sessions for new students are organised at the beginning each academic year by the relevant department.

One-to-one introductory sessions can also be arranged by contacting our librarians.

The Royal Free Hospital Medical Library also offers library inductions on a drop-in basis on Wednesday afternoons between 3pm and 4pm.

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Introductions to resources

These sessions give an overview of resources available to you in particular subject areas.

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Searching skills

Databases and literature searching for your subject

The following sessions introduce a number of databases in particular subject areas and cover the principles and practice of literature searching.

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PubMed

Index of biomedical literature, including all data from the Medline database.

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Scopus

Scopus is a comprehensive scientific, medical, technical, social science, and arts and humanities database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources.

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Web of Science

Web of Science comprises of a number of different multidisciplinary database, including the ISI citation indexes and BIOSIS.

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IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore contains the full text of over 100 publications from IEEE and IEE on electronic and electrical engineering.

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Reference management

Citing references and avoiding plagiarism

The following sessions address the principles of citing references and how to avoid plagiarism.

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Reference management packages

There are various reference management packages available at UCL, and freely available over the web. These sessions gives an insight into the various packages.

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EndNote

EndNote is reference management software available at UCL. It enables you to manage your references and interacts with Word so you can insert references and create bibliographies automatically.

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Mendeley

Mendeley is a freely available web-based and desktop reference management package that allows you to share references, insert references in Word documents and produce bibliographies.

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Evaluating information

Critical appraisal skills

These sessions outline the process of appraising research papers for their trustworthiness, value and relevance.

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Keeping up to date

Tools for keeping up to date with research

These sessions look at tools for keeping up to date with published and current research, managing information overload and using social media to keep ahead.

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Publications, research data and research metrics

Managing your publications

These sessions look at managing your publications, such as using RPS (Research Publications Service) and other tools to maintain your publications listings and the use of author identifiers such as ORCID.

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Open access and getting published

These sessions cover open access publishing, including funding for open access article processing fees, and tips on getting your paper published.

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Research Data Management

These sessions look at issues surrounding research data, such as funders' policies, research data management plans and storing and preserving your research data.

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Bibliometrics and citation counts

These sessions look at the use of bibliometrics as a measure of the impact of articles, journals or authors, including journal impact factors and h-index.

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Other skills and resources

Clinical resources for evidence based practice

These sessions look at resources available to support evidence based practice.

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Other resources

These sessions explore information sources other than databases for searching the journal literature.

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