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Skills at Library Essentials

Guides to search skills and using library research resources

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Skills at Library Essentials


Welcome to Skills at Library Essentials, your guide to developing information and digital skills!

Information and digital skills are critical to your academic success. These skills will help you:

  • make the best use of information resources

  • improve your searches so they are more focused and efficient

  • find high quality information
  • use information sources in a critical and responsible way
  • better assignment and degree outcomes

Use this guide to discover time-saving tips for finding, accessing, critically checking, and managing information. 

Welcome to the search skills guide

Finding resources   Your search strategy

Evaluating information   Referencing and plagiarism

Find all you need to improve your search skills

Whether you're starting out on your first assignment or conducting advanced research, we are here to help you to find good quality information for you to use in your assignments and research and will make your searches much more focused and efficient. 

Use this guide however works best for you

Go through each lesson in turn or skip to the section you need, it's up to you!


This guide was created in 2019 by previous Information Literacy Coordinators, Steph Gibson and Hannah Crago.