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Online training sessions

Library Services offers a programme of live online training sessions to all OU students and staff.

The online training sessions are 30 to 45 minutes long and provide an online alternative to face-to-face training while still allowing you live access to a librarian. To find out more about the tool we use and to access a room to test your audio, please see the Online rooms guidance (login required).

Recordings of the live training sessions are available underneath the 'Join Room' link on the session pages.

A list of recent and upcoming events is also available.

The Library is award winning. The prestigious Information Literacy Award recognises an outstanding UK-based individual or team who demonstrate impact, innovation, initiative and originality in raising the profile of IL within an organisation or sector.

Online training sessions

Oct 01

Improving your experience accessing online resources

Thursday, 1 October, 2020 - 19:30

Thursday, 1 October, 2020 - 19:30

If you experience difficulties in reading some full text formats this session will show you how to make adjustments to improve accessibility.

Oct 07

Using Library Search for your assignment

Wednesday, 7 October, 2020 - 20:30

Wednesday, 7 October, 2020 - 20:30

Learn how to find specific resources and how to find information on a topic using Library Search.

Oct 08

Introduction to Library Services

Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 19:30

Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 19:30

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.

Oct 13

Reference management tools - an introduction

Tuesday, 13 October, 2020 - 12:00

Tuesday, 13 October, 2020 - 12:00

Learn how reference management tools work and the benefit and risks of using them.

Oct 14

Assessing the reliability of information for your assignment

Wednesday, 14 October, 2020 - 19:30

Wednesday, 14 October, 2020 - 19:30

Learn how to evaluate information and why it is important to look critically at online information sources.

Oct 15

Using Library Search for your assignment

Thursday, 15 October, 2020 - 20:00

Thursday, 15 October, 2020 - 20:00

Learn how to find specific resources and how to find information on a topic using Library Search.

Oct 21

The why and how of referencing

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020 - 12:30

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020 - 12:30

Learn why referencing is important, how to construct references and where to go for help and support.

Nov 03

The why and how of referencing

Tuesday, 3 November, 2020 - 19:30

Tuesday, 3 November, 2020 - 19:30

Learn why referencing is important, how to construct references and where to go for help and support.

Nov 09

Introduction to Library Services

Monday, 9 November, 2020 - 19:30

Monday, 9 November, 2020 - 19:30

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.

Nov 23

The why and how of referencing

Monday, 23 November, 2020 - 20:00

Monday, 23 November, 2020 - 20:00

Learn why referencing is important, how to construct references and where to go for help and support.

Nov 24

Using Library Search for your assignment

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 - 19:30

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 - 19:30

Learn how to find specific resources and how to find information on a topic using Library Search.

Nov 26

Introduction to Library Services

Thursday, 26 November, 2020 - 19:30

Thursday, 26 November, 2020 - 19:30

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.

Dec 02

Smarter searching with library databases

Wednesday, 2 December, 2020 - 13:00

Wednesday, 2 December, 2020 - 13:00

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

Dec 03

Reference management tools - an introduction

Thursday, 3 December, 2020 - 20:30

Thursday, 3 December, 2020 - 20:30

Learn how reference management tools work and the benefit and risks of using them.

Dec 09

The why and how of referencing

Wednesday, 9 December, 2020 - 12:30

Wednesday, 9 December, 2020 - 12:30

Learn why referencing is important, how to construct references and where to go for help and support.