Library Services


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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

We are currently unable to offer a scheduled programme of training sessions, but continue to offer support as follows:

Individual training session

View our LibrarySkills@UCL calendar for full details of sessions and to make a booking.

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

See our Getting Started pages for introductory information, videos and online library tours.

Face to face introductory sessions may 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.

Searching for information

Our searching for information sessions include:

  • Introductions to library resources
  • Finding things in the library
  • Essential search skills
  • How to search particular literature databases
  • Search strategies for systematic reviews
Evaluating information
Our evaluating information sessions include:
  • Evaluating information: from Fake News to academic works
  • Critical appraisal of clinical research papers
  • Using and understanding bibliometrics
Referencing and managing information

Our referencing and managing information sessions include:

  • Citing references and avoiding plagiarism
  • Reference management software (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero)
  • Research data management
  • Understanding copyright
Communicating and sharing research

Our communicating and sharing research sessions include:

  • Open Access, Open data and Open science
  • Researcher profiles and IDs

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