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Library Shorts

Library Shorts is a series of short animations that follow OU student Bob (and his goldfish Fin) as he explores the range of library resources and services that will support him and other OU students during their studies.

An introduction to Library Services for undergraduate students

Find out more about the OU Library and how we can support you during your studies.

An introduction to Library Services for postgraduate students

Find out more about how the OU Library supports postgraduate students during their studies.

Going mobile with Library Services

Bob discovers how using his mobile to access the online library can help him study on the go.

Being digital: developing essential skills for study, work and life online

Bob discovers "Being digital", a collection of short interactive activities which help him develop essential skills for study, work and life online.

Avoiding plagiarism

Bob discovers how the library can help him avoid plagiarism by referencing the information sources he uses.

Online training sessions: What are they?

Bob discovers the range of online training sessions offered by Library Services.

What is the online library?

Bob discovers the vast range of resources available through the online library, as well as some introductory guides and tutorials that will help him use them.

Finding information for my studies: where do I start?

Bob discovers the library subject pages which give him a new way of finding information for his studies.

Evaluating information: knowing what to trust

Bob discovers that not everything he finds online is necessarily accurate, up to date or relevant.


Transcript - Introduction to Library Services

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.

Transcript - Exploring Ebooks

There are over 400,000 ebooks available in the OU Library. This 30 minute session will introduce you to accessing and using ebooks, including encyclopedias and dictionaries. It will also explore some of the tools available to use ebooks effectively.

Transcript - Smarter searching with library databases

We will explain why you would want to use a database, rather than a broader search tool such as Library Search, for finding resources.

You will learn how to access library databases, how to take advantage of the functionality they offer, and how to devise a proper search technique.

Library demos

Library demos are a series of short and simple how-to videos, helping OU students with resources and services that will support them during their studies.

How to access a resource via Athens

This short how-to video will assist OU students with navigating extra links when logging in to Athens authenticated online resources.