Students chatting together in the libraryThe Library runs a range of lunchtime workshops, covering use of information resources, academic skills and reference management softwareThey are free and open to all students but aimed especially at undergraduates, and you could learn anything from how to write a literature review to how to deliver a great presentation.

These workshops are in addition to the library-run courses offered through your department. 

The Library also offers specific support for your subject area. For further information, including who your departmental librarian is, check out the Library subject support pages.

Digital and Information skills

Copyright and Creative Commons

Copyright and Creative Commons 

The session will explain the importance of copyright when using other people’s images in your assignments, posters and presentations. We will discuss Creative Commons licenses and how they make it easier to reuse and repurpose other people’s content. 

By the end of this session you will be able to: 

  1. Understand Creative Commons licenses and how they are used in different contexts for copyright. 

  1. Choose an image correctly licensed for a variety of academic situations.  

  1. Locate guidance on how to properly reference and attribute images.  

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
Tuesday 12 November 2019  12.00 - 13.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (Level 2) 
Thursday 6 February 2020  13.00 - 14.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (Level 2) 
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Graduate School 

PhD Students: Copyright course on research integrity

Digital Footprint

Digital Footprint  

We leave a digital footprint in many ways, some which are obvious, and some which are more surprising. You will learn what your own digital footprint is and discover techniques and tools to manage the information about you online. How might you use these tools to build a professional online profile? 

By the end of this session you will be able to: 

  1. Know what a digital footprint is and how it is linked with your digital identity. 

  1. Discover what the Internet knows about YOU. 

  1. Develop an awareness of how to apply tools for privacy, based on an understanding of how others may use your information. 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
Thursday 14 November 2019 13.00 - 14.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (Level 2)
Monday 9 March 2020 13:00 - 14:00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (Level 2)
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Graduate School 

PhD Students: Copyright course on research integrity

Finding Company, Financial and Industry Information

Finding Company, Financial and Industry Information  

An introduction to the types of company, financial and industry information available. The session includes financial statements, company profiles, reports, share price and other financial data. Find out about some of the best databases available through Library Services and learn useful search techniques. 

By the end of this session you will be able to: 

  1. Identify the best resources for Company, Financial and Industry information offered by Imperial College Library. 

  1. Locate specific databases for your topic. 

  1. Develop a search strategy to uncover relevant information. 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
Friday 8 November 2019  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
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Finding Trustworthy Information from Reliable Sources

Finding Trustworthy Information from Reliable Sources 

This workshop will give you the confidence to know how to choose reliable resources. We will show you a variety of information resources and help you decide which ones are suitable for your needs, including newspapers, databases and encyclopaedias. You will also learn how to distinguish, for yourself, which resources to trust. 

By the end of this session you will be able to:  

  1. Discover alternatives to Wikipedia and current preferences in search tools 

  1. Recognise how search techniques can affect results 

  1. Identify key characteristics of reputable literature 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
Thursday 31 October 2019 12:00 - 13:00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (Level 2) 
Monday 2 March 2020 13.00 - 14.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
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Introduction to Academic Databases and Search Tools

Introduction to Academic Databases and Search Tools 

This is a general introduction to academic databases and search tools such as PubMed, Engineering Village, Web of Science and Google Scholar to find high quality academic research to support your assignments.  

By the end of the session you will be able to: 

  1. Recognise useful search tools and academic databases 

  1. Formulate a search strategy 

  1. Utilise your new skills to discover relevant research 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
Thursday 7 November 2019  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
Wedbesday 4 December 2019  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
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#SmartLearning

#SmartLearning

There are many smart tools - from software, to apps, to your iPad’s hidden features - that can help you manage your time, lecture notes and exam revision. You will learn about a range of useful smart technology tools and how they may be able to help you succeed and engage in #SmartLearning. 

By the end of the session you will be able to: 

  1. Identify a range of good quality smart tools and technologies, and their main functionalities  

  1. Determine the ways in which they could be used to support learning 

  1. Assess your specific learning needs and select the best smart tools to help you 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
 Tuesday 19 November 2019  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
 Thursday 5 March 2020  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
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Graduate School 

PhD students:

Academic skills

Critical Evaluation of Sources

Critical Evaluation of Sources 

Being able to critically evaluate the academic information you read in peer-reviewed articles, reviews and conference papers will help you save time while studying and assist you in writing clearer assignments. In this session you will discover why critical evaluation of sources is important, identify and utilise tips and tools to help you critically evaluate more effectively, and receive a brief introduction to evaluating statistics. 

By the end of the session you will be able to: 

  1. Understand what critical evaluation is and why it is important 

  1. Identify and utilise tips and tools to help you critically evaluate more effectively 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
 Tuesday 26 November 2019  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
 Wednesday 11 March 2020  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
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You may also be interested in these sessions: 

Graduate School 

Master’s Students: Research effectiveness: Critical Thinking

Centre for Academic English 

Master’s Students: Workshops for Master's students: Critical Writing

Preparing for Assessed Presentations

Preparing for Assessed Presentations 

In this session you’ll identify the purpose of your presentation, understand your audience and develop a toolkit and techniques to communicate your message. You’ll better understand how to structure your presentation and discover ways to build confidence when presenting. 

By the end of the session you will be able to: (ILOs) 

  1. Identify the purpose of your presentation and your audience 

  1. Employ variety of tools and techniques to communicate your message 

  1. Structure your presentation  

  1. Build confidence when presenting 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
  Monday 18 November 2019  13.00 - 14.00

Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 

  Thursday 14 May 2020  12.00 - 13.00

Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 

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You may also be interested in these sessions: 

Graduate School 

PhD Students: Research Communication: Perfecting Presentations

Master’s Students: Mastering Presentations


Centre for Academic English 

Open to all students:  Communicating Science Successfully sessions: Using your voice: adding life to your presentation

For Master's students: Courses for undergraduate and exchange students: Presentations

For PhD students: Technical speaking for doctoral students and Effective Presentation Skills

Preparing Your First Literature Review

Preparing Your First Literature Review

You will learn what a literature review is and get advice on how to prepare one, even if you have never done this type of writing before. Find out about effective reading, selecting and evaluating suitable academic sources, and organising your literature review. 

By the end of the session you will be able to:  

  1. Identify the difference between the research and writing processes of a literature review  

  1. Identify the key stages of preparing a literature review  

  1. Explain the importance of effective source selection and evaluation  

  1. Start planning the structure of a literature review 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
 Thursday 5 December 2019  13.00 - 14.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
 Tuesday 4 February 2020  12.00 - 13.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
 Thursday 7 May 2020  13.00 - 14.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
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You may also be interested in these sessions: 

Graduate School 

PhD Students: Research Communication: Developing and Producing your Research: literature review

Master's students: Writing for Masters Literature review

Strategies for Note-taking

Strategies for Note-taking

This session will introduce strategies for note-taking from texts and lectures. You will be introduced to recognised methods for note-taking and practice them using hands-on exercises. You will also be introduced to apps available through Imperial to help with note-taking. 

By the end of the session you will be able to: 

  1. Differentiate between three note-taking strategies and choose one to use for your own academic practice 

  1. Apply the Cornell Method of note-taking to listening to a short lecture 

  1. Apply a second note-taking method to a close reading of a short text 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
 Tuesday 29 October 2019  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2)
 Tuesday 14 January  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
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You may also be interested in these sessions: 

Centre for Academic English 

For International Students: Listening and speaking courses on Lecture listening and Speed listening

Time Management Throughout your Undergraduate Degree

Time Management Throughout your Undergraduate Degree

Develop time management skills for your undergraduate degree. Consider how much time you will need for assignments, where to focus your time and how to improve productivity when managing multiple deadlines. You’ll discover tools such as the Pomodoro Technique, integrated to-do lists, the Gantt chart, and some to help you switch off when you need to. We’ll also consider apps for time management. 

By the end of the session you will be able to:  

  1. Assess your needs for time management using a reflective exercise and identify areas for improvement 

  1. Discover key tools for planning and develop your ‘ideal’ time allocation for a day or a week 

  1. Learn how to apply skills to help with managing studying, such as reading, exams and written work

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
 Thursday 21 November 2019  12.00 - 13.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
 Tuesday 10 March 2020  13.00 - 14.00 Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
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You may also be interested in these sessions: 

Graduate School 

PhD Students: Professional EffectivenessMaximising Your Management Skills

Master's students: Research effectivenessTime Management


Centre for Academic English

These classes promote writing more efficiently to time they are open to Undergraduates in the first term and open to Undergraduates and Master’s students in the second term.

 Practice STEMM* writing

Practice Science Report writing


Imperial College Health Centre workshops on Resilience

Tips and Techniques for Exam Revision

Tips and Techniques for Exam Revision 

The session draws research findings on the neurobiology of learning, and growth mindset to explore how to harness the brain's plasticity and processing in order to create new neural pathways for learning that lasts. It will offer tips on applying this knowledge in a revision for exams situation. 

By the end of this session you will be able to: 

  1. Identify your signature learning style and its strengths 

  1. Recognise how the brain works during the three stages of deep learning and what exams are assessing for 

  1. Develop self-awareness around the impact of positive emotions on learning 

    Workshop dates
    DateTimeLocation
     Thursday 28 November 2019  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Group Study Room 2A (level 2) 
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Referencing skills

Referencing with Mendeley

Referencing with Mendeley 

The Mendeley Reference Manager is software that can help you manage your references easily in one place and across multiple devices and platforms. In this session you will learn how to make the best of the platform by building your library of references and PDFs, organising your work, networking and collaborating with other research peers, and creating citations and bibliographies. 

By the end of this session you will be able to: 

  1. Import into your personal libraries’ references from a variety of sources 

  1. Format citations using the Word plug-in and export a BibTeX file for a LaTex editor  

  1. Evaluate if Mendeley the right referencing software for you  

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
 Wednesday 13 November 2019  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
 Tuesday 3 December 2019  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
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You may also be interested in these sessions: 

Graduate School  

PhD Students: Research Integrity: Information Landscape courses

Master's students: Research Effectiveness: Research Skills & Reference Management

Referencing with RefWorks

Referencing with RefWorks

RefWorks is cloud-based reference management software which makes referencing easier by inserting citations and generating reference lists in your assignments. You can quickly and easily build a library of references from the sources you’ve read, organise them by project and share them with otherfor group assignments. This workshop will show you how to create a RefWorks account, save and organise references and use them to create citations and reference lists. 

By the end of this session you will be able to: 

  1. Import references into RefWorks from a variety of sources 

  1. Organise references into folders and projects 

  1. Format citations and create references lists in your chosen style using the Word add-in 

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
 Wednesday 6 November 2019  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
 Wednesday 27 November 2019  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
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You may also be interested in these sessions:
 

Graduate School  

PhD Students: Research Integrity: Information Landscape courses

Master's students: Research Effectiveness: Research Skills & Reference Management

Referencing with Zotero

Referencing with Zotero

Zotero is a free and open source reference management system, with features such as online syncing and web browser integration. This workshop will show you how to create a Zotero account, save references from different sources, create folders to organise your references and use them to create citations and reference lists, giving you a grasp of how it can help you save time and academic energy for other things.   

By the end of this session you will be able to:  

  1. Understand the principles of reference management, and the specific benefits of Zotero 

  1. Use Zotero to manage files and references 

  1. Produce documents using Zotero for bibliographies and citations, including with specific Zotero functionalities relevant to your preferences or subject discipline

Workshop dates
DateTimeLocation
 Wednesday 6 November 2019  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
 Monday 18 November 2019  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
 Tuesday 3 march 2020  12.00 - 13.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
 Wednesday 7 may 2020  13.00 - 14.00   Central Library, Training Room 2
 Wednesday 26 May 2020  13.00 - 14.00  Central Library, Training Room 2
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You may also be interested in these sessions: 

Graduate School  

PhD Students: Research Integrity: Information Landscape courses

Master’s StudentsResearch Effectiveness: Research Skills & Reference Management