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Expert-led sessions

Our staff are here to help you develop the skills you need to study and succeed at Strathclyde.

From finding the first few items on your reading lists to helping with your dissertation literature review and referencing, our library and IT experts are here to show you the way.

We're here to help you, and we have a Customer Service Excellence accreditation so you can rest assured we're very good at what we do!

Throughout each academic year we offer numerous expert-led sessions, in person and online using Zoom. We publicise these sessions:

  • at our enquiries desks in the Library
  • on screens in the Library
  • on our web pages
  • in the Strathclyde mobile app
  • on our Twitter and Instagram

Look out for sessions throughout the year, or ask us for help any time.



Skills Boost

Early in each semester, we run Skills Boost drop-in sessions. These short, informal sessions are designed to help you with the basics of studying, from finding books in the Library, to using reference management software, staying on the right side of copyright, and keeping your data safe.

We add dates and booking information to our Skills Boost page as soon as sessions are organised.


Referencing Week

Later in the semester as you start to work on your first assignments, we hold Referencing Week.

During Referencing Week we hold drop-in sessions showing you how to reference without giving yourself a headache. We explain the different referencing styles used at Strathclyde and demonstrate reference management software such as EndNote Online.

We add dates and booking information to our Referencing Week page as soon as sessions are organised.

You can also join the waiting list for our next EndNote Online (undergraduate) and EndNote Desktop (postgraduate) sessions, and we'll email you as soon as we arrange new sessions.


Library Lounge: Virtual Study Sessions

Twice each week we host an online Library Lounge. Sign up to a session and dedicate two hours to your studies. Library staff facilitate the session, so you can ask questions if you need to, and we take a break at the halfway point to give you the chance to join in with some sociable chat - if you want to!

Sessions are currently taking place on:

  • Tuesdays from 14:00 BST, and
  • Thursdays from 10:00 BST. 

Sign up to join in!


Library Lounge: Dissertation advice sessions

An informal advice session hosted by staff from Study Skills and the Library. We will offer advice on getting started, completing your literature review, writing up, referencing and more.

We’ll make sure you know about all of the sources of help that are available to you from the Library, Study Skills and other Support Services across the University.

See upcoming dates.


Database Training sessions

We provide access to several databases giving staff and students access to a wide range of information for research and study purposes. Throughout the year we host several sessions aimed to help you learn how to effectively search these databases.

We will publicise sessions on our Database Training page as we organise them. 


Library Tours

Each semester we organise tours of the Library. These sessions weren't able to go ahead during the Coronavirus pandemic, however we hope to be able to offer them again in the near future. 

These short, friendly tours are designed to:

Check our Library Tours webpage for the latest information.


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