The Library offers a programme of workshops and webinars to boost your study and research skills using resources available in the library and beyond.
To see which sessions are currently being offered and book a session go to our calendar of training events.
We hold the following sessions throughout the year:
Introduction to searching the catalogue
This session will show you how to make effective use of the catalogue by moving beyond title and author searching. You will learn how to develop searches using catalogue links including Library of Congress subject headings and classmarks.
Advanced e-resource tools and search features
The session will explore the advanced search, subject and topic browsing, linked content, and personal account features to be aware of across different platforms by looking at examples from some of the larger providers, including ProQuest, Gale, and JSTOR.
Going beyond Google part 1
Using a sample topic the session will demonstrate using Google for academic research and then moving beyond into deeper research via Senate House Library resources.
Going beyond Google part 2
Using a sample topic this session builds on the Going Beyond Google 1 session by introducing attendees to the digital research landscape via a variety of search engines, collective catalogues, abstracts and full text resources and the use of search techniques.
Understanding open access resources
This session will introduce attendees to what open access resources are and how to use them as part of their academic research. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to identify, locate and utilise open access resources as part of their academic research, and how to integrate them into their research process.
How to research for a dissertation
Designed around a research scenario in a general humanities topic this session will demonstrate how to plan and conduct library research. We will provide a detailed and practical overview of each stage of the library research process: concept mapping, identifying best tools for research, developing an initial search strategy, build up the search strategy in an iterative process, make sense of the literature, creating a bibliography.
Introduction to archives
The session will explore what archives are, specifically compared to other research materials. Attendees will gain a critical understanding of archival catalogues and how to navigate them.
Introduction to literature reviews and building bibliography
Using a sample topic this session will demonstrate how to use library resources for a successful literature review. We will explain the stages of the information search process: formulating search terms, using database search tools, locating key publications and understanding key web tools.
Introduction to locating and using primary sources
Using illustrative examples, attendees will learn how to access different types of primary sources and gain an understanding of how to make the use of them. Attendees will gain an improved understanding of the breadth of primary sources available to them for their research, how to critically engage with them and how to interpret them.