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Digital and Information Skills

Digital and Information Skills

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We offer digital and information skills for all students – inductions, videos on key information skills, Book a Librarian 1-2-1 support, course-specific workshops.

During the pandemic the assistance we offer is primarily remote. We understand that in this period students may need additional help finding and using resources, and other information skills. If you have any questions at all please get in touch:

Find below a range of materials that we have put together for you, which you can access immediately from this page.

Library ‘Top Tips’ short videos

Nine essential 3-minue videos on key library skills – covering accessing resources from home, searching for images, using open access resources… and more!
You can access the full play list below, and link to the videos, by clicking on the ‘playlist’ icon (three lines and an arrow) at the top right of the video.

Locate – Exploit – Repeat

A 30 minute webinar with Assistant Librarian, Vicky Kontou, on finding and accessing resources.


Follow the leads…

“…the Library will endure: illuminated, solitary, infinite, perfectly motionless, equipped with previous volumes, useless, incorruptible, secret.” (Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel’ in Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings, London: Penguin, 2020, 0.85)

Wandering around the shelves in a library is undoubtedly a treat, being surrounded by so much knowledge and creativity. But in a time of access restrictions, how can we replicate the serendipity of finding THAT book which can change or strengthen our views? What does ‘browsing the shelves’ in the Covid-era look like?? We have put together a short pdf guide for you, using five new acquisitions on museums and collecting as a case study.

Support for staff

All members of staff at the Institute can take up a Library induction and get 1-2-1 support for their research. We can offer this on a remote basis during closure.

Academic staff are welcome to approach the Library to arrange information skills teaching for their course. We are exploring how we can offer workshops remotely and welcome collaboration with staff on this.

Referencing help

The Library has recently updated its Courtauld Style Guide to help you with referencing your work in the Courtauld’s required style.

For reference management, if you prefer the idea of organising your references manually rather than using software, we have put together this Excel spreadsheet that you can use.

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