Cambridge University Library

Research Skills Programme

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Designed to offer training and support to readers working at every level, from undergraduate to researcher, the Research Skills Programme covers a variety of topics and formats.

  • Practical, hands-on information skills sessions include tips and strategies for searching online, conducting a literature search, and managing information
  • Resource sessions in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences offer subject-specific overviews of printed and electronic resources available for study and research
  • A range of sessions introducing the Library's unique range of Special Collections is available
  • Introductory sessions and tours run throughout the year to help you find your way around the University Library and make the most of its collections

Other training available in the University

The main University Library (West Road site) is particularly strong in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences. Specialist research skills training in law, science, technology and medicine is offered at the four Dependent Libraries:

IT skills

Undergraduate support

  • CUSU provides study skills information on topics such as note-taking, essay writing and revision.
  • Search the Skills Directory by your year and subject to find undergraduate training and support across the University.

Postgraduate support

  • The Graduate Development Programme offers training specifically for postgraduates, including support for report and dissertation writing as well as time management and emotional resilience.
  • Search the Skills Directory by your career stage and department to find postgraduate training and support across the University.

Personal and professional development