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Introducing your online Library

This short animated video introduces you to the OU Library.

A new OU student gets some useful advice from fellow students:

New student: Right, so, I need something from the OU Library. I don't know where to start

Talking Head 1: Don’t worry about it, it’s really, really easy

Talking Head 2: It might feel new to you,but honestly you'll get used to it on no time

Talking Head 3: You'll be like a kid in a sweet shop after a while

New student: OK - but if it’s online, how do I get a book?

Talking Head 4: Being online is the best bit

Talking Head 1: Just type into Library Search what you're looking for click on a resource, and there's your ebook

Talking Head 2: Oh it's way more than just books! There's literally a world of information out there. I've used music tracks

Talking Head 5: I read a newspaper from 1894, I was on my way to work and I found it on my phone

Talking Head 4: I used a video from VE day in one of my assignments. My tutor loved it!

Talking Head 1: I was trying to find an article so I used the list of library resources pulled together by the librarians just for my subject

New student: Wait a minute, why can't I just Google that?

Talking Head 6: Well you could, but if you use the online library you know what your getting's reliable and accurate

Talking Head 5: And a lot of the info's been chosen by librarians or academics, so you're more likely to find something that's perfect for your course

Talking Head 3: Yeah, I used some statistics for a project about diabetes I found on the internet. It turned out to be about 20 years out of date

Talking Head 5: My tutor told me how important it was to know if I could trust the information I was using. So I did one of those online training sessions

New student: It's starting to sound a bit complicated

Talking Head 2: Nooo! I've done a few of those training sessions. Just have a go, they're really worth it

Talking Head 6: Why don't you have a look on the library website?

Talking Head 2: There's some really helpful guides on there

Talking Head 4: I learnt to spot the difference between good and bad information

Talking Head 6: I found an activity on using Google more effectively. Saved me a load of time at work

New student: So I ought to do something too then?

Talking Head 1: I would, it's a great way to get started and the librarians are ever so helpful

Talking Head 5: And they know what they're doing!

Talking Head 3: Yeah, just click on one of the sessions or the guides they are really straight forward and they’re gonna help you to find things much more quickly

Talking Head 1: There you go!

New student: Aww, smashing!

Talking Head 3: And you don't even need to wait for a training session, there's a helpdesk 24/7 so help's available all the time

New student: Thanks very much, honestly you've all been really, really helpful. But erm, you're not really here in my kitchen are you?

Summary screen: Explore and find out more about your online library at

If you would like to explore the wide range of resources available to you whilst studying with the OU we have provided a series of subject specific introductions.

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Apr 26

Introduction to Library Services

Thursday, 26 April, 2018 - 19:00

Learn about the online library, how to find help and support, and how to access key services to help with your studies or work at the OU.

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