Training for science students

  • Digital & Information Literacy sessions embedded within modules

    Each semester Helen Whittaker and Richard Persaud, the science librarians, work with academic staff and run training sessions as part of particular Life Science modules. These help you to use Library resources to find information, appropriate to that point in your course, and may include:

    • how to get hold of the books you need (printed and electronic)
    • things to think about when doing an information search
    • advantages and disadvantages of using Google and the internet
    • using databases to find journal articles published on your subject
    • getting hold of the full-text of an article electronically
    • using passwords and off-campus access
    • using EndNote to record what you read -and find it again - and to create a bibliography

    Additional group or one-to-one sessions can be arranged for a group of students on request.

    Drop-in sessions on a particular topic, eg using Web of Science or ScienceDirect, or general help sessions, may also be offered during the semester.

    For Digimap help (using on-line map data) and advice email

    Web of Science training

    Web of Science hosts some of the most important Life Sciences databases - Web of Science (including the Science Citation Index), Medline and the BIOSIS Citation Index. For project or dissertation level it is the ideal place to begin looking for journal articles, reviews and other information. To find out more about Web of Science, contact Helen or Richard in person or at

    A Camtasia tutorial about citation searching on Web of Science is also available.

    Other good interactive tutorials to help with finding information in the Sciences

    Engage in research: "The interactive resource for bioscience students."

    Virtual Training Suite : "a set of free Internet tutorials to help you develop Internet research skills for your university course."

    Other Brookes Library training

    For details of all other library and information skills training courses, see our Training pages.

    Students or staff can also make individual appointments to discuss any queries or training needs. Please contact Helen or Richard at for details and for further help or advice.