Free Discovery and 1-2-1 sessions: 2018

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We offer a range of free Discovery and 1-2-1 sessions to help you make the most of your time researching here.

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Unless otherwise stated, our Discovery and 1-2-1 sessions are aimed at Registered Readers and usually held within our Reading Rooms, which are only accessible with a valid Reader Pass. If you wish to attend you should register with us for a Reader Pass.

Note also that 1-2-1 sessions are offered subject to staff availability.

Discovery sessions

We offer a range of engaging and informative Discovery sessions so you’re sure to find something that matches your interest. They typically last one hour each and we can accommodate up to 12 people per session.

Religious Studies, on-line and printed resources in Humanities

24 May (13.00-14.00)

Are you researching Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism or any other religion, beliefs or traditions of the world and new faiths? Are you interested in their origins, theological questions, sacred texts and their interpretation, taking into account different disciplines, such as history, sociology, philosophy, psychology? Then book your place for this interdisciplinary Discovery Session.

We’ll introduce you to the Library's enormous collection of printed and online resources, e-databases, e-journals e-books, e-theses, images, sound archive material.

To find out more or to book a place, please email us at ReferenceServicesTraining@bl.uk or speak to a member of staff at the Humanities Reference Desk. 

Humanities printed and electronic resources on Women’s and Gender Studies

24 May (14.00-15.00)

This session is designed as an interdisciplinary session on women’s and Gender Studies across disciplines in all areas of life, including the role of women and gender in history, literature, religion, society, science and culture on a global historical, geographical and religious scale: equality, human rights, dignity and respect, religious diversity and women, sacred texts and feminism, minority groups, race, class, power, femininity and masculinity, ethnicity, migration.

This is an introductory session aimed at Readers who wish to improve their searching for print and no-print items.

To find out more or to book a place, please email us at ReferenceServicesTraining@bl.uk or speak to a member of staff at the Humanities Reference Desk. 

News-related Electronic Resources

12 June (14.00-15.00)

This session will cover the range of news related electronic resources available at the British Library and how to access this material.

The session will:

  • promote awareness of newspaper electronic resources and the importance of newspaper e-resources for contemporary research
  • highlight the various ways to access British Library news eresources
  • demonstrate key news eresources
  • showcase the variety of news databases including facsimile and text only e-resources, and various news related bibliographies and indexes available at the British Library.

To find out more or to book a place, please email us at ReferenceServicesTraining@bl.uk or speak to a member of staff at the Newsroom Reference Desk.

Introduction to family history sources in Asian & African Studies

19 June  (12.00-13.30); 17 July (12.00-13.30)

If you are trying to trace details of the births/baptisms, marriages and/or burials of Europeans who were born, married or died in South Asia (= including Burma, but excluding Sri Lanka) before independence in 1947/48, then this session should be of interest. Previous knowledge of the topic is neither expected nor required. The session includes a brief overview of the historical background together with practical advice in how to access the genealogical data held in the collection. Participants do not have to be registered Readers.

To find out more or to book a place, please email us at ReferenceServicesTraining@bl.uk or speak to a member of staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Desk.

Beyond baptisms, marriages and burials: additional family history sources in Asian & African Studies

19 June  (14.30-16.00); 17 July (14.30-16.00)

This session provides information about the wealth of printed, online and visual material available to family history researchers in forms such as wills, photographs, biographical compilations, newspapers and directories. It is useful, but not necessary, to have attended the introductory session. Military ancestry is not covered, being the subject of a separate session.

To find out more or to book a place, please email us at ReferenceServicesTraining@bl.uk or speak to a member of staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Desk.

Sources for military ancestry in Asian & African Studies

22 June (14.00-17.00)

If you are seeking biographical and career details of officers and / or men who served in the armies of the East India Company (1600 – 1858) or the pre-independence Indian Army (1858 – 1947), then this session will be of interest. It is presented by Peter Bailey of the Families In British India Society. Participants do not have to be registered Readers.

To find out more or to book a place, please email us at ReferenceServicesTraining@bl.uk or speak to a member of staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Desk.

1-2-1-sessions

Would you like to register for a free 30 minute one-to-one consultation session with one of our Reference Enquiry specialists? We can show you how to get the most from our catalogues and resources and can use our expertise to direct you towards useful and hard to find material based on your research interests.

To find out more or to book a session, please contact the appropriate team.

To book a place, please provide us with the following information:

  • your general or specific area of research interest 
  • the level (personal interest, undergraduate, postgraduate, academic) of research you are undertaking and stage (planning, beginning, finishing) you have reached.

Note that these 1-2-1 sessions are for registered readers only.

Please also note that these sessions are to guide you in your research so we cannot answer very specific research queries or produce comprehensive bibliographies.