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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. Please contact the Academic Librarian for your School to discuss your requirements and to arrange teaching sessions or online and blended learning options. The Library's Research Skills offer covers areas such as:

  • Introduction to the Library
  • Finding and evaluating information
  • Critical thinking 
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Reference management using Mendeley

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

Online learning materials

The Library also provides a range of learning materials for students, in particular the Academic Research Kit (ARK)  online interactive tutorials that can help you with searching, evaluating, and referencing information and a supporting module 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 email with the publication details and indicate if you would like us to reserve the item for you when it is 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.