Research Support

Get online and in-person support for your studies and research, offered by librarians. Click on the links below for introductory videos and guides, online workshops and webinars or to schedule a meeting.

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Research Support

Get online and in-person support for your studies and research, offered by librarians. Click on the links below for introductory videos and guides, online workshops and webinars or to schedule a meeting.

Research support: videos and guides 

A range of short introductory videos and written guides to help you get started with using Senate House Library’s resources.

Research Skills Video Tutorials - How To Search The Catalogue
Research Skills Video Tutorials - How to Search for Archives & Manuscripts
Research Skills Video Tutorials - How to Search Theses & Dissertations
Research Skills Video Tutorials - How to Search for Ebooks
Research Skills Video Tutorials - How to Search for E-journals
Research Skills Video Tutorials - How To Search for E-Resources
Research Skills Video Tutorials - How to Search Open Access Resources
Research Skills Video Tutorials - How to Search for Primary Sources

Research support: workshops and webinars 

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. 

Sign up for workshops and webinars  

Click here to sign up for a workshop or webinar from our schedule.

One-to-one research support 

We offer one-to-one research support through our Ask A Librarian appointments. Schedule a 20-minute online advice session with a librarian:

Leila Kassir: Modern Collections: British, US, Commonwealth, Latin American and Caribbean Literature - Schedule a meeting

Tansy Barton: Modern Collections, and Special Collections: Manuscript and Print Studies - 

Mura Ghosh: Modern Collections: Philosophy, Psychology, Social Sciences, US Social Sciences, United States Studies - Schedule a meeting

Andrea Meyer Ludowisy: Modern Collections: Art History, Film and Media, Music, Western European Languages - 

Argula Rublack: Modern Collections: History, US History - Schedule a meeting

Julio Cazzasa: Modern Collections: Collections Development Coordinator - Commonwealth Studies, Latin American Studies - Schedule a meeting

Contact us for further support 

If there’s anything we haven’t covered or you have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

If you are an academic and want to arrange a tailored session for your course, contact the relevant subject Academic Librarian:

Leila Kassir
Modern Collections: British, US, Commonwealth, Latin American and Caribbean Literature
leila.kassir@london.ac.uk | 020 7862 8430 

Tansy Barton
Modern Collections, and Special Collections: Manuscript and Print Studies
tansy.barton@london.ac.uk | 020 7862 8475

Mura Ghosh
Modern Collections: Philosophy, Psychology, Social Sciences, US Social Sciences, United States Studies
mura.ghosh@london.ac.uk | 020 7862 8449

Andrea Meyer Ludowisy
Modern Collections: Art History, Film and Media, Music, Western European Languages, 
andrea.meyerludowisy@london.ac.uk | 020 7862 8969

Argula Rublack
Modern Collections: History, US History
Argula.Rublack@london.ac.uk | 020 7862 8455 

Julio Cazzasa
Modern Collections: Collections Development Coordinator
Commonwealth Studies, Latin American Studies
Julio.Cazzasa@london.ac.uk