Skills and support
Book a Librarian
We offer one-to-one support for Courtauld students looking for assistance with finding and using resources, and other digital and information skills. To book an appointment:
- Check availability through our online calendar
- Book the session that suits you
- Tell us how you would like us to help you
- We email you to confirm your booking
You can find more information about Book a librarian in the FAQs below. If you need assistance please contact us.
Book a Librarian FAQs
What is the Book a Librarian service?
Book a librarian allows Courtauld students to arrange a one-to-one with a member of library staff to explore how you can make the most of The Courtauld’s library resources or to help you enhance your digital and information skills. For example, we can help you plan your research or with referencing.
I am not a Courtauld student - can I use the service?
No. At this time, we are limiting Book a librarian to Courtauld students.
How long is an appointment?
Appointments are 50 minutes long. If your enquiry is complex, we may suggest you make a second appointment so we have time to go through everything with you.
How far in advance can I book?
We aim to open bookings for appointments on Wednesday afternoons for the following Monday – Friday. The booking system shows the next available appointment. If no appointments are shown please check again later.
How soon can I book an appointment?
The booking system shows the next available appointment. If no appointments are shown please check again later. We aim to open bookings for appointments on Wednesday afternoons for the following Monday – Friday.
How will the session take place?
The session will take place through Microsoft Teams. Please make sure that you are signed into Teams ahead of your appointment. We will contact you through your Courtauld email account the day before your booking to confirm the session. We are only offering remote appointments so we can keep everyone safe.
I only have a quick question - do I need to book a librarian?
No. If you are unable to find the help you need on our web or Virtual Learning Environment pages, you can contact us with any quick questions about accessing and using our resources and services. We have created the Book a Librarian service for Courtauld students who would like a one-to-one to explore a broader area such as literature searches or citing particular types of material.
I need help, how can I contact the Library?
Information about all of Library’s services is available on our web pages. If you cannot find what you are looking for or need assistance, please contact us.
Citing and Referencing
The Courtauld’s recommended referencing style is the Chicago Manual of Style Online. The Library team and the Academic Skills tutor can support you in using this style guide. Other humanities referencing styles may also be acceptable, but please check with your course tutor and ensure that you are consistent.
It is important that you keep track of the sources that you use. This helps you remember which ones are authoritative and retrace them when you need so. Most importantly keeping a record of the sources will be useful when you are referencing them on your assessed works.
While it remains essential to understand the principles of citation there are also tools that can help you organise the process. Reference Management Software can help you integrate the research process with the compilation of a bibliography, rather than treating them as separate tasks. Even if you don’t need to write a bibliography, they are a powerful way of keeping track of the literature you have consulted and allow for annotation, tagging, note-taking, creating relationships between documents and sharing documents among research groups. There is a range of software packages, some are free or low cost such as Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, et al. The Library can help you start on Zotero.
Library ‘Top Tips’ short videos on key library skills
You might find our short 3-minute videos below very helpful:
Primary Sources, Introducing Open Access Resources, Developing and Refining Search Strategies, Evaluating Information.