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

The Library Research Support Team runs a range of additional online training sessions throughout the year aimed at staff and postgraduate research students.

Online training sessions

Upcoming Training and events

Feb 02

The why and how of referencing

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 12:30

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

Feb 02

Diverse voices, alternative sources

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 19:30

Feb 06

Introduction to Library Services

Mon, 06/02/2023 - 20:00

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.

Feb 13

Reference management tools - an introduction

Mon, 13/02/2023 - 20:00

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

Feb 16

Managing your digital footprint

Thu, 16/02/2023 - 19:30

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

Feb 21

Smarter searching with library databases

Tue, 21/02/2023 - 07:00

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

Feb 22

Introduction to Library Services

Wed, 22/02/2023 - 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.

Feb 28

The why and how of referencing

Tue, 28/02/2023 - 19:30

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

Mar 07

Using Library Search for your assignment

Tue, 07/03/2023 - 12:30

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

Mar 13

Assessing the reliability of information for your assignment

Mon, 13/03/2023 - 19:30

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

Mar 16

Reference management tools - an introduction

Thu, 16/03/2023 - 19:30

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

Mar 22

The why and how of referencing

Wed, 22/03/2023 - 07:00

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

Mar 30

Smarter searching with library databases

Thu, 30/03/2023 - 19:30

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

Apr 03

Using Library Search for your assignment

Mon, 03/04/2023 - 19:30

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

Apr 13

Improving your experience accessing online resources

Thu, 13/04/2023 - 19:30

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

Apr 24

Introduction to Library Services

Mon, 24/04/2023 - 20:00

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.

Apr 26

The why and how of referencing

Wed, 26/04/2023 - 19:30

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