Spotlight on… Library support

The library isn’t just the books and resources, it is also a source of support to help you develop and improve your academic skills. Find out more below about how the library can help you.

Library team

The most important (and we think valuable!) branch of library support is the team. Any member of the library team can help you understand the catalogue and find items on the shelf. Just ask at the front desk, we are staffed throughout our opening hours.

Every course also has their own librarian, who can offer you one to one and face to face workshop support on referencing, research skills, and information literacy. You can find your librarian on your course guide.

Online support

Along with our in person support, you can also find videos, infographics, Miro boards, and more to help you get the most out of the library on our VLE page.

You will all be enrolled on the library VLE page so you can find it any time in your dashboard. ‘Star’ the library to keep it at the top.


Most importantly, we have our online workshops. These will have been included in your timetable and it is essential you complete them to ensure you have all the library skills you need. But if you’ve missed them in your timetable or just want to get ahead of the game, you can work through them at any time.

Below is a taster of the other online support available to you.

Getting started

Not sure where to find your books? Explore our library layout below…

In our Getting started section you’ll also find videos on how to understand the library cataloguing system and how to use Discovery, as well as a glossary of commonly used library terms and a link to the library induction talk.


Let’s start at the very beginning, how do you reference a book?

Or maybe you’re looking for something more advanced, like a video game.

We have a wide range of tutorial videos covering basic and advanced referencing, and all no more than 90 seconds.

We can even help you get your head around paraphrasing in less than 60 seconds

Alongside this, you can find support in our referencing section for everything from where to find referencing information, to captioning images, to how to put together a bibliography, plus there are interactive examples so you can test out your understanding.

Catalogue search skills

Getting good search results can be a little more tricky than just typing in your search terms. So we’ve put together some top tips for improving your searches.

Here’s how to use Boolean operators

And, for when you’ve got those great search results, how to save them for later

Head over to the library catalogue search skills toolkit for more tricks to speed up your searches.


And that’s not all. There is also a whole section of resources on how to improve your research skills, including keyword generation and recognising reliable sources.

Alongside this, we have a section showing you how to access and effectively search our most popular online resources, including O’Reilly, Box of Broadcasts, and BFI Player.

Beyond the library

Study skills and learning support

If you need help with academic and critical writing, or believe you have a learning difference, our study skills and learning support team are here to help you. Full information about the support, workshops, and technology available to you can be found on the teams’ webpages.