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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 and a brief electronic induction of the main library resources is given to each student when they start at Murray Edwards College. These take place during the first week of term. Each first year undergraduate student will receive 10 Gateway credits for attending.

Library induction tours are available on the following days:

  • Thursday 3 October 2019, 08:30-15:30
  • Monday 7 October 2019, 08:30-14:30
  • Tuesday 8 October 2019, 08:30-12:30
  • Wednesday 9 October 2019, 08:30-18:30

To book a place, please fill in the Library Induction Booking Form.

If you are unable to make the tours please email the library staff to arrange a personal tour at a time to suit you:

User education sessions

This year the library is trialling some new skills sessions on critical reading, presentation practice, referencing and Zotero.

Critical Reading Skills
Learn more about how to read academic literature and improve your note-taking skills. Explore reading techniques, article structures and productive reading, while also discovering methods you can use to tackle your weekly readings. 

4 March, 5-6pm (Buck House Seminar Room)

To book a place, please fill in the Booking Form

Presentation Practice
Do you ever wonder if your presentation will come across well when delivered to an audience?  Do you want to time to practice and receive constructive feedback?  If so, this drop in session is for you.  Come along to practice your presentation and receive help on how to improve your delivery and slides. 

12 Feb, 5-7 pm (JBB)

To book a place, please fill in the Booking Form

Referencing with Lego!
Confused with referencing and creating citations for your bibliographies? Come along and see how lego serious play can help boost your understanding of referencing. 

17th Feb, 5-6 pm (JBB)

20 Feb, 2-3 pm (Library- Basement Office)

To book a place, please fill in the Booking Form

Zotero: Managing your references with Zotero
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. 

24 Feb, 5-6 pm (IT Resource Centre)

5 Mar, 2-3 pm (IT Resource Centre)

To book a place, please fill in the Booking Form


Library training in conjunction with the Gateway  Programme

First Year

The library induction tour taken during Fresher’s week counts towards your Gateway credits.  Gateway credits have already been awarded to those students who attended.  If  you were unable to attend an induction and still wish to, you can still arrange an introductory 1-1 with a member of library staff by emailing Gateway credits will be awarded after attendance.

Graduates, Finalists and Year 2

Individual information searching workshops are available for Graduates, Finalists and Year 2 Undergraduates.  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.   The workshop will also cover:

  • Devising a search strategy
  • Thinking about alternative terminology
  • Using subject specific abstracting and indexing databases tailored to your subject area
  • Advice on evaluating resources 

To book a place, please sign up via the Gateway Moodle page. Gateway credits will be awarded for attendance.

Gateway Credits

You can achieve Gateway credits for library training in the following ways:

  • Year 1 - by attending a library induction tour (10 credits).
  • Year 2 - by attending the Information Searching workshops run in conjunction with the Gateway programme (10 credits).

Further training 

If you wish to have individual help with using bibliographic referencing software or using current awareness services to find current information please contact the Librarian on to arrange an appointment.

Information skills training may also be available through your faculty or department library.