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Learning support


Support for your teaching

Library's Research Skills offer

Academic Librarians can work with you to provide opportunities for students to develop their research skills as part of their programme of study. The research skills offer falls into four key areas, Discover, Evaluate, Reference and Manage which are described in more detail on the Research skills offer page.  Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and to arrange teaching sessions or online and blended learning options. Example sessions based on the research skills offer include:

  • Introduction to the Library
  • Finding and evaluating information
  • Critical thinking 
  • Referencing and ethical use of information
  • Reference management using Mendeley

Skills support is also aligned with the Personal Best programme, particularly the Research and critical thinking and Digital fluency elements. 

Library support for Masters students

Masters students arrive at Loughborough University with a vast range of experiences and information skills sets. The Library is here to support you and your students develop the skills required for your programme or module.

In-curriculum teaching for PGT programmes

Academic Librarians can work with you to provide opportunities for Masters students to develop their skills in discovering, evaluating, managing and referencing information and data as part of their programme of study. We offer a range of in-curriculum teaching and learning support, which can be tailored to your subject, programme or module requirements, with delivery methods including in-person or remote ‘live’ delivery, on demand resources and blended learning options.

A combination of the following topics can be delivered as in-curriculum embedded teaching sessions, with supporting on-demand resources, to provide support for students during induction and orientation, while preparing assessments and when planning or undertaking dissertations:

Library basics

  • An introduction to Library services and key resources for a Masters level programme

Finding and evaluating information

  • Effective search techniques for finding and critically evaluating the broad range of scholarly information required at Masters level

Ethical use of information and data

  • Principles for effective and ethical management of scholarly information and data, including correct referencing, file management and reference management software

Please contact the Academic Librarian for your School to discuss your programme or module requirements.

Online learning materials

The Library also provides a range of learning materials for students, including a Library Induction Learn module and in particular the Academic Research Kit (ARK)  online interactive tutorials that can help you with searching, evaluating, and referencing information and a supporting modules LUA001: Study skills and Dissertation and Project Success on LEARN in collaboration with the Academic Language Support Service.

Reading lists and digitisation requests

The Library manages the University's reading list system (LORLs). Updating your reading list online automatically alerts the Library so that we can order the required reading for you. The system is integrated into LEARN so students can follow links to their readings directly from their module page. We also provide a digitisation service allowing you to make digitised readings of book chapters or journal articles available to your students under the CLA scanning licence. Find out more about our reading list service below:

Suggesting resources

Please first check the Library Catalogue to see if we have the item that you need. You are welcome to suggest an item for the Library to purchase, please visit the webpage on Requesting materials via the link below for more information about the options available.

Copyright and your teaching

We provide guidance to help you to develop your teaching materials, use library resources in your teaching or make the best use of openly available content. Get advice about using third party materials, educational licences and copyright exceptions via our dedicated Copyright webpages.