Library classes and workshops

The Library provides a range of dedicated sessions to ensure that Queens’ students have the ability to be able to easily locate and effectively use resources for their research, from literature searching to referencing.

The sessions run in Michaelmas Term and are repeated in Lent Term, so there is plenty of chance to come along. But also remember that Library staff are always available to provide you with help on a one-to-one basis if you are struggling with accessing or using a resource.

In addition, the Library runs Old Library workshops every term to allow students to explore the history of the building and learn about the techniques of printing and binding that produced our collection.

Below you can see our 2020-21 programme. This year, due to the pandemic, we were unable to run sessions in Michaelmas Term, so all sessions are in Lent Term and will be held online via Zoom. Booking will be via Eventbrite, and emails with booking links will be sent out around before each session. If you find you can't attend a session you'd have liked to go to, please contact the library and we can schedule a 1-2-1 session to assist you.


Cite it right: develop your referencing skills - Monday 1st February, 1.30pm and 5.30pm

Worried about referencing or panicking about plagiarism? Join Lucy Woolhouse (Reader Services Librarian) for a workshop to help you understand what referencing is, why you need to do it and learn some effective referencing strategies, including an introduction to reference management software.

Google and beyond: Become an expert at finding, evaluating, and organising essential readings for your course­­ - Tuesday 9th February, 1.30pm and 5.30pm

Complete your progression from A-level to degree by honing your ability to locate, evaluate, and organise essential information in your subject area. Intended for students in their first year of navigating their subjects at university level. This session will cover:

  • Effective use of Google Scholar and Google Books to find and evaluate essential information when tackling your essay question
  • The capabilities of iDiscover
  • Searching beyond Google using databases in your subject area
  • What is Jstor? Using online journal databases effectively
  • Finding and using ebooks effectively
  • Introduction to organising and building bibliographies using the free Zotero software (brief demo)

Sessions to be led by Dr Tim Eggington (Fellow Librarian). 

Essential literature searching skills for 2nd/3rd year dissertation projects - Tuesday 16th February, 1.30pm and 5.30pm

These workshops will provide invaluable tips and strategies to enable you to locate and evaluate sources relevant to your project. Areas to be covered include:

  • Using Google effectively (including exploiting Google Scholar and Google Books to the full)
  • Locating and using online databases specific to your subject area
  • Using Jstor and other online journal databases for research
  • Online access to newspapers, dissertations, images, ebooks, etc.
  • Introduction to organising and building bibliographies using the free Zotero software (brief demo).

Sessions to be led by Dr Tim Eggington (Fellow Librarian).


Building and organising bibliographies with Zotero - Thursday 11th February, 1.30pm and 5.30pm

There are better and faster ways to build and organize a stellar bibliography besides typing it up by hand every time! This workshop will be an interactive introduction to using the free online bibliographic management system, Zotero. Lucy Woolhouse (Reader Services Librarian) and Harry Bartholomew (Graduate Trainee Librarian) will cover how to implement and master Zotero and make it a part of your life, saving you from hours upon hours of reference hunting, re-typing references, and essay stress.

Advanced literature searching for graduates - Tuesday 23rd February, 1.30pm and 5.30pm

Google Scholar, Web of Knowledge, Scopus - you may have been introduced to these online databases but learning how to make the most of them can be challenging. This in-depth workshop, led by Dr Tim Eggington (Fellow Librarian), will show you how to do ‘advanced searching’ (beyond Author / Title / Keyword) and explain the secrets and joys of citation searching, the h-index, and ‘impact factor’. It will be useful to all who need to explore their topic independently and evaluate resources.

Top tips for painless publication - Thursday 25th February, 1.30pm and 5.30pm

Are you a new graduate student or early career researcher? Does the publication process fill you with fear? Worry not — attend this session to gain knowledge on essential topics such as:

- how to pick the best journal for your output
- how peer review really works
- what is open access?
- do you own the copyright to your work?

The sessions will be led by Dr Tim Eggington (Fellow Librarian) and Lucy Woolhouse (Reader Services Librarian).