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Training and events

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 and A list of recent and upcoming events are also available.

The Library Research Support Team runs a range of online training sessions throughout the year

Online training sessions

Aug 04

The why and how of referencing

Wednesday, 4 August, 2021 - 19:30

Wednesday, 4 August, 2021 - 19:30

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

Aug 12

Smarter searching with library databases

Thursday, 12 August, 2021 - 20:30

Thursday, 12 August, 2021 - 20:30

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

Aug 17

Introduction to Library Services

Tuesday, 17 August, 2021 - 13:00

Tuesday, 17 August, 2021 - 13:00

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.

Aug 18

Using Library Search for your assignment

Wednesday, 18 August, 2021 - 19:30

Wednesday, 18 August, 2021 - 19:30

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

Aug 23

The why and how of referencing

Monday, 23 August, 2021 - 21:00

Monday, 23 August, 2021 - 21:00

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

Aug 25

Assessing the reliability of information for your assignment

Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 19:30

Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 19:30

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

Aug 31

Reference management tools - an introduction

Tuesday, 31 August, 2021 - 20:00

Tuesday, 31 August, 2021 - 20:00

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

Sep 02

Introduction to Library Services

Thursday, 2 September, 2021 - 19:30

Thursday, 2 September, 2021 - 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.

Sep 06

Using Library Search for your assignment

Monday, 6 September, 2021 - 12:30

Monday, 6 September, 2021 - 12:30

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

Sep 09

Smarter searching with library databases

Thursday, 9 September, 2021 - 19:30

Thursday, 9 September, 2021 - 19:30

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

Sep 13

Introduction to Library Services

Monday, 13 September, 2021 - 20:30

Monday, 13 September, 2021 - 20:30

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.

Sep 14

The why and how of referencing

Tuesday, 14 September, 2021 - 19:30

Tuesday, 14 September, 2021 - 19:30

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

Sep 20

Improving your experience accessing online resources

Monday, 20 September, 2021 - 13:30

Monday, 20 September, 2021 - 13:30

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

Sep 27

Improving your experience accessing online resources

Monday, 27 September, 2021 - 19:30

Monday, 27 September, 2021 - 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 05

Using Library Search for your assignment

Tuesday, 5 October, 2021 - 19:30

Tuesday, 5 October, 2021 - 19:30

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

Oct 06

The why and how of referencing

Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 - 07:30

Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 - 07:30

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

Oct 07

Reference management tools - an introduction

Thursday, 7 October, 2021 - 19:30

Thursday, 7 October, 2021 - 19:30

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

Oct 13

Introduction to Library Services

Wednesday, 13 October, 2021 - 07:00

Wednesday, 13 October, 2021 - 07:00

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.

Nov 08

Introduction to Library Services

Monday, 8 November, 2021 - 19:30

Monday, 8 November, 2021 - 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 17

Smarter searching with library databases

Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 - 13:00

Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 - 13:00

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

Nov 22

The why and how of referencing

Monday, 22 November, 2021 - 20:00

Monday, 22 November, 2021 - 20:00

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

Nov 30

Managing your digital footprint

Tuesday, 30 November, 2021 - 19:00

Tuesday, 30 November, 2021 - 19:00

Learn how your digital footprint is created and how to create a positive online identity.

Dec 06

Introduction to Library Services

Monday, 6 December, 2021 - 21:00

Monday, 6 December, 2021 - 21:00

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.

Dec 14

Using Library Search for your assignment

Tuesday, 14 December, 2021 - 13:00

Tuesday, 14 December, 2021 - 13:00

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