Get more out of your library — key skills
Improve your searches and save valuable time with these useful guides to key library skills.
Searching and study skills
- Search our catalogue
- An introduction to keyword searching our catalogue updated for the new bibliocommons catalogue.
Searching the previous catalogue.
- Our social catalogue
- How to use our BiblioCommons catalogue to track your reading and share opinions of books, DVDS, and music.
- Search tips
- Great tips to help you search online databases.
- Dewey Guide
- Our libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification system — learn how it works so that you can find items in the library.
- References, citations and bibliographies
- Learn about what’s required when doing references for essays and reports and get some simple tools for making citations and bibliographies.
Using our online services
- Enabling cookies on your computer
- Cookies are small data files stored by web sites on your computer so that they can save and read information such as your log-in.
- File types & plug-ins
- Learn about different types of files that you will find on our web site and the internet and where to download the software to view them.
- An online exercise designed to help you use your mouse.
- Printing web pages
- Some tips about printing web pages to save you money and time, in particular our pages.
- RSS — Really Simple Syndication
- Find out about RSS, what it is, how to use it and how to access the libraries’ RSS feeds.
- Find out how to make links to our website or databases, library and technical terms and more.
- Viewing fonts on your computer
- We use Unicode on our web site to display macrons and languages other than English.
Exploring the internet
- Creating your own online space
- These days you don’t need to be a geek to have an online presence as there are a number of simple ways to create your own online space for free.
- Exploring online worlds
- Explore virtual worlds and massively multiplayer online games.
- Internet safety
- Some hints for keeping your PC safe when on the Internet.
- Podcasts and podcasting
- Information on podcasting and podcasts and how they work.
- Share your music online