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Academic Research Skills Drop-in sessions - please scroll to the end for updates on dates and times.

What are the drop-in sessions?

Drop-ins are short, one-to-one sessions of between 10 and 15 minutes.

You can discuss any library research skills, such as:

  • Finding books, journal articles and other resources
  • Advanced research tips
  • External resources
  • Using the book catalogue
  • Using eBooks
  • Referencing

When are the drop-in sessions?

Drop-in sessions run during 5 teaching weeks from January 23rd.

There are approximately two drop-in sessions each week:

  • One session every Wednesday, 12:30 noon – to 2:00pm
  • One session on a different day each week, 12:30 noon – to 2:00pm
  • There are one or two earlier sessions from 11.15 to 12.45 on certain days (to be confirmed) to fit in with some Research Project classes.

Please scroll down the page for updates on specific dates and times If you require further information, please contact


Where are the drop-in sessions?

You should go to the Student Hub desk and you will be directed from there.

If there are several students attending the drop in, you may have to wait. We can call you when it is your turn.

Who will I speak to?

  • Rebecca Young (Digital Resources Facilitator) 

How do the drop-in sessions work?

The session will start with a discussion of your question or issue. We might ask you some questions about your goals or your understanding of a resources. You will then work together to achieve an outcome such as:

  • Answering a specific question about what resources you might find for your research
  • Locating relevant resources or further support
  • How to reference a source you are using in your work


Should I do anything to prepare?

No preparation is necessary to attend a drop-in session. However, to get the most out of the session you may want to:

  • Write down a question or list of questions
  • Consider what you have already done to try to answer this question yourself
  • Make a note and bring along the title and/or objectives for your work.
  • Prepare a brief note of the search strategy you intend to use or have tried already. For example, if you are not sure about how to search for resources, make a note of the search terms you are using.
  • If you are not sure about you referencing, pick a particular reference list entry to focus on.


What is not covered by the drop-in sessions?

  • They will not do in depth research to find specific sources for you.
  • They will not correct referencing or write out referencing for you.  
  • The advisor will not be able to answer course specific questions. However, they can help you formulate a specific question for your tutor.

Please watch this page for any updates or additional dates and times 

Tues 24th January 12:30pm - 2:00pm Thurs 2nd February 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Wed 25th January 12:30pm - 2:00pm Wed 8th February 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Tues 31st January 11.15am – 12.45 Mon 20th February 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Wed 1st February 12:30pm - 2:00pm Wed 22nd February 12:30pm - 2:00pm