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We offer a user education programme for all students – including inductions, course-specific workshops and informal drop in sessions.

Our upcoming workshops for the first part of the Autumn term are listed below.

The Library has produced the following referencing style guide to get you started.

Courtauld Style Guide

We hold referencing help sessions throughout the year but are also available for help on an individual basis. Please email us at if you are interested.

1-2-1 Info help

Our drop in sessions will be running every week of term (from week 1) on Wednesdays, 16:00, in VG02. Come along with any questions you might have around search strategies, referencing, etc.


Beyond JSTOR, 29 October, 11:30-13:00, VG01

Whatever your subject area or level of study, join us for a practical workshop to help you build bigger and better bibliographies. We will cover different types of information searching; the wealth of online resources available to us at the Institute; and the importance of searching multiple resources and critically evaluating results. You will focus on your own topic (we will have topics for you to work on if you don’t have one). We will guide you to see which resources may be the most appropriate for you.

Authors, ‘authorship’ and critical voice, 4 November, 11:00-12:30, VG01

We will look at ‘authorship’ and why it’s important in establishing the context that a document was produced in. This will help you analyse sources for yourself and identify those relevant to you. We will think about our own authorship as creators of knowledge, and discuss the importance of referencing. Useful for students wanting a basic introduction to evaluating resources and getting started with referencing.

The power of images, 5 November, 11:30-12:30, VG01

You want to illustrate your essays and presentations. Good quality images are essential; equally so are the sources of those images. We will give you tips of where to look for images and how to assess their source.

Keep calm and carry on reading (getting started on Zotero), 7 November, 14:30-15:30, VG01

We will go through various options with you that aim to keep you organised. We will look at licensed software and we will demonstrate free and easy to use methods to store and record the various readings you have been doing.

Beyond Google, 11 November, 11:00-12:30, VG01

During this session we will discuss what is missed out if you limit your searches to any search engine like Google. We will question the authority of the information we get on the internet. We will be comparing the ‘free’ and open-to-all internet with subscription search engines. We will give you tips of how to evaluate those results and go beyond the usual searches. The workshop is aimed at students who start working on a topic and want to explore new sources.


All members of staff at the Institute can take up a Library induction and get 1-2-1 support for their research. Academic staff are welcome to approach the Library if they would like to arrange information skills teaching for their course, contact

Students and staff can contact us any time for a 1-2-1 appointment to discuss your project or research. Excellent for building your bibliography, search strategies, help with referencing, etc.

If you prefer the idea of keeping your references organised manually rather than using software, we have put together this Excel spreadsheet that you can use.

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