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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.

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Online training sessions

Sep 23

Using Library Search for your assignment

Monday, 23 September, 2019 - 20:30

Monday, 23 September, 2019 - 20:30

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

Sep 24

Introduction to Library Services

Tuesday, 24 September, 2019 - 12:30

Tuesday, 24 September, 2019 - 12:30

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 01

Introduction to Library Services

Tuesday, 1 October, 2019 - 19:00

Tuesday, 1 October, 2019 - 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.

Oct 02

Using Library Search for your assignment

Wednesday, 2 October, 2019 - 20:30

Wednesday, 2 October, 2019 - 20:30

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

Oct 03

Improving your experience accessing online resources

Thursday, 3 October, 2019 - 19:30

Thursday, 3 October, 2019 - 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 09

Introduction to Library Services

Wednesday, 9 October, 2019 - 07:00

Wednesday, 9 October, 2019 - 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.

Oct 10

The why and how of referencing

Thursday, 10 October, 2019 - 12:30

Thursday, 10 October, 2019 - 12:30

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

Oct 17

Smarter searching with library databases

Thursday, 17 October, 2019 - 13:00

Thursday, 17 October, 2019 - 13:00

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

Oct 21

Assessing the reliability of information for your assignment

Monday, 21 October, 2019 - 20:00

Monday, 21 October, 2019 - 20:00

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

Oct 24

The why and how of referencing

Thursday, 24 October, 2019 - 06:30

Thursday, 24 October, 2019 - 06:30

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

Oct 28

Using Library Search for your assignment

Monday, 28 October, 2019 - 13:00

Monday, 28 October, 2019 - 13:00

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

Nov 11

Introduction to Library Services

Monday, 11 November, 2019 - 19:30

Monday, 11 November, 2019 - 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.