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Welcome to Skills at Library, our information literacy support for Essex students and researchers!
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Skills at Library workshops are a great opportunity to practice information skills, learn alongside your peers, and get instructor feedback. Our 8 core workshops are offered regularly online and in person, and will take you through the basics of using the Library and on to more advanced information literacy skills needed for academic study and research. They are offered as part of the Academic Skills programme available to current Essex students via CareerHub. Workshops for PGRs and Early Career Researchers can be found on our Newcomers page.

Our workshops that support your academic integrity cover topics such as avoiding plagiarism, ethical use of AI, how to reference, reading Turnitin reports and evaluating sources. We run workshops regularly as part of our focus weeks, and we also offer a Library Cafe drop-in every Wednesday in the Library, where you can come and ask all your questions if you can't make a workshop you'd like to attend.

If you want the latest information about our workshops delivered straight to your inbox, you can sign up to our monthly Workshops At Library Newsletter here.

Book a Librarian

1:1 appointments are a great space to ask your individualised questions from our expert librarians and skills tutors, who can help you avoid committing an academic offence and ensure you are following best practice in your work.

You can book an appointment with an experienced member of library staff if you would like support with: 

  • Finding information on a topic
  • Finding data on a topic
  • Using a particular database/online resource
  • How to cite/reference

Alternatively, you can book a 1:1 with an academic skills tutor from Skills for Success, who can help you with:

  • Your writing
  • Structuring your work
  • Understanding what your assignments are asking of you
  • Maths and stats support 

Both services are available online around the year, including holiday periods. Library 1:1 appointments are also available in-person at our Colchester and Southend campuses.

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The Skills at Library Café Hour is a great opportunity to practice information skills, learn alongside peers, and get instructor feedback. Our team can support you with the key areas listed below, and direct you to further academic skills support available at Essex. We offer this support as a weekly drop-in on Wednesday afternoons (during term time) in the Albert Sloman Library, Colchester Campus. (Online support is offered as 1:1 appointment.)

Key support covered:

What to expect:

Café Hour takes place in a shared study space so students can ask questions, complete a Skills at Library activity, or work independently on coursework/assignments. Each week we highlight a different academic skill and provide optional exercises, so even if you don't have a burning question, you can still come along!

How to attend:

Click here to view upcoming sessions.

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Subject Guides are online resources designed to help you explore your subject area and start your research.

• There is a subject guide for each department at the University of Essex, and these guides make it easy to find subject specific resources like databases and journals for your area of study.
• Subject guides are created by the Academic Liaison Librarian for that department, and they have a lot of knowledge about your subject and the tools you need to do well in your studies.
• If you’re unsure where to start with finding resources for your assignment or research, your subject guide is a great place to begin your search!
You can also explore our A-Z list - a full list of databases the library subscribes to, including trial access, where you can find the best library databases for your research. You can filter the A-Z list by subject to only see databases relevant to your degree.

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You can contact the library in multiple ways:

  • Talk to us at the Library Helpdesk
  • Phone us on 01206 87 3192, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 8pm. 
  • Talk to staff in real time using Library Chat. You can start a chat by clicking on our live chat button on the bottom right of our library home page.
  • You can also email us at libline(a) - do note we aim to respond to email enquiries within 3 working days so if you have an urgent enquiry we suggest you come and talk to us in-person, call in, or use the live chat!
  • In the mean time, why not look at our FAQs?



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