While the Library continues to operate a zero-contact service, and with many of us working remotely, now is a good time to remind all of our users of the vast range of academic resources available for them to access online. Here we highlight some of the most important links and resources you may wish to have earmarked on your browser as we move into Lent Term:
1. Where do I go to search for online resources?
Whether you are gathering ideas or searching for something specific, the Cambridge Libraries e-resources homepage is the best place to start. You will find everything you need here for accessing ebooks, ejournals, digital archives, and much more. The homepage also includes links for help and advice on using different search tools and accessing resources from wherever you are:
2. How do I find resources specific to my subject?
LibGuides are webpages that draw together different resources for a particular subject area and/or discipline. They provide a great way to find out about all of the useful tools and resources relevant to your course and help to direct you to new resources of which you may not already be aware. For a complete list of subject guides, see:
3. I’m looking to brush up on my academic research skills – is there any online training I can do?
Yes! Online training is available to help you develop your digital, research and study skills. This includes courses and sessions that must be booked in advance as well as training that can be completed in your own time.
For details of forthcoming University Library training sessions, including sessions on research data management, writing a literature review, copyright and referencing software, visit: https://www.libraries.cam.ac.uk/training
If you want to improve your digital skills, the University Information Services (UIS) Department provides online training for use of specific software, systems and resources:
To book upcoming events: https://training.cam.ac.uk/ucs/event-timetable
For self-taught courses: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/ucs/Theme
Finally, don’t forget that if you want help on how to improve your academic skills at university, CamGuides offers guidance for how to navigate the academic research process, evaluate information resources, and get the most out of your studies: https://camguides.lib.cam.ac.uk/
4. Who should I contact if I have a question or I can’t access what I need?
For general library and research-related FAQs, try LibAnswers: https://answers.libraries.cam.ac.uk/
Still can’t find an answer to what you are looking for? Our College Library staff are here to help! You can contact us with via our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to being able to welcome our users back to the Library again soon!