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University of Cambridge

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Picture showing the Librarian giving an induction tour to students at the start of Michaelmas term
Librarian giving an induction tour

Library induction tours

A tour of the library is given to each student when they start at Murray Edwards College. 

Missed your tour?

If you are unable to attend an induction tour you can book an individual tour at a time to suit you by emailing library staff at or watch our induction video series below:




Library skills for academic study

The library provides a range of library skills for academic study on accessing subject resources, searching abstracting and indexing databases, e.g. Pubmed, Web of Science, Jstor, etc, presentation practice, referencing and Zotero.  All classes will be online this year via Microsoft Teams.  A Teams link will sent out by 12 noon on the day of the training.  To book a place see the booking calendar.

Finding electronic resources

Learn more about how to access online resources such as ebooks, ejournals, your subject libguide, use electronic table of contents alerting services for journals, Interlibrary loans and how to use other research libraries, via SCONUL schemes in this brief electronic overview. Email to book an individual support session with Valerie.

Advanced information searching (via MS Teams)

Please email to arrange an individual appointment.

Information searching workshops are available for all students.  Each session will provide advanced search tips that will save you time when searching for information and relevant journal articles using Cambridge’s electronic resources. At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand the information cycle
  • Understand the hierarchy of research material, ie. textbooks, edited books, conference proceedings, research journals, systematic reviews, clinical trials/randomized controlled trials
  • Be able to select the correct online resources for your subject, especially abstracting and indexing databases ie. Pubmed, Jstor, British Humanities Index, Web of Science, Cochrane Library
  • Devise search strategies to use in the above online resources ie. string searching, thesaurus searching, pico searching
  • Use alternative terminology
  • Use specific tips and techniques to save time when searching, ie. wildcards, boolean operators, proximity searching, truncation, phrase searching
  • Know how to save and re-run searches
  • Know how to export searches to email, PDF or reference management systems (see Zotero below)
  • Know how to evaluate web resources ie. who has written the information, is it biased, reputable source?

How to Present Online (via MS Teams)

Please email to arrange an individual appointment.

With COVID we have all had to get used to using MS Teams or Zoom.  However delivering in-person presentations online isn’t the same. Join the Librarian for this training session which will help you think about transferring your presentation online. The session will cover who your audience is, creating and delivering your presentation for an online format, accessibility issues and general online etiquette. If you have already started creating your presentation and want to receive constructive feedback, you’re very welcome to ask questions in the Q&A session at the end or arrange a time for the Librarian to view your presentation and give you tailored constructive feedback.

Referencing with Emojis! (via MS Teams)

Please email to arrange an individual appointment.

Confused with referencing and creating citations for your bibliographies? Come along and see how emojis can help boost your understanding of referencing. At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Know why you should reference
  • Be able to acknowledge the original source
  • Understand what parts of an article or image, etc, make up a reference ie. author, title, description
  • Know where to locate guidance on finding referencing styles (departmental handbook, library libguide)

Zotero: Managing your references with Zotero (Workbook available)

Zotero is a free online reference management tool. Find out how Zotero can help you gather, organise and produce references for your assignments and dissertations. After working your way through the workbook you will be able to:

  • Know how to use Zotero to collate and manage your research and references
  • Use the "cite while you write" word plug in
  • Be able to transfer references from abstracting and indexing databases and other online resources, into Zotero


Further training 

Information skills training may also be available through your faculty or department library, please check their individual web pages.