We offer a range of workshops and training events to enable you to carry out effective research and to make best use of the Library:
- Business & IP Centre workshops
- Electronic Resources Overview
- Finding Early Western Printed Books in the British Library
- Music research at the British Library
- Navigating the British Library’s collections: getting started at the British Library
- Referencing & Citation
- Save time when searching for journals on Explore
- Science Research Skills Sessions
- Social Sciences workshops
These workshops are run by reference specialists from our reference teams, with the aim of helping Readers to navigate the British Library’s extensive collections.
You can book a place by email.
Business & IP Centre workshops
The Centre runs a full programme of workshops covering business information and intellectual property. Details of the programme and booking information
This session will cover:
- Awareness of electronic resources and the importance of electronic content for research
- Familiarisation with the different ways of accessing electronic content
- Acquiring the search skills; both basic and advanced, to effectively search all electronic resources.
- Published Bibliographies and Subject Indexes
Dates: 17 April (15:00), 29 April (11:00), 13 May (11:00), 22 May (15:00).
This is a new workshop offered by British Library Rare Books Reference Specialists. It provides an overview of reference resources which can help trace hard-to-find early printed material (ca.1455- ca.1900) and enhance using the Library’s main catalogue, Explore the British Library.
Resources covered include
- Printed and online catalogues
- Specialist early book catalogues
- Catalogues to ‘Named Collections’
- Published Subject Indexes
Time: 11:00 to 12:15
Dates: 21 May and 25 June.
You can book a place by email.
This workshop aims to provide an introduction to the British Library’s rich collections of music and music related materials, as well as guidance for researchers wishing to use them.
We will look at:
- how the collection is structured
- the various catalogues available to help locate material
- using the collections in the Reading Room – including copyright and copying music
- some other resources – both online and in print – available in the Reading Rooms and how they might help with research
The workshop will last around an hour and a quarter.
Dates: 3 July, 14.00.
To request a place, please email us at email@example.com.
In this session we will:
- Raise awareness of information literacy
- Outline the range of digital and physical collections and the research tools to find them
- Introduce the Library’s London-based reference services
Dates: 15 April (11:00), 24 April (15:00), 8 May (15:00), 20 May (11:00).
- Discover what referencing/citation is, when you should use it and why it’s important
- Gain an overview of some citation styles and how the British Library supports these via Explore and database subscriptions
- Find out about the different reference management software available
- Discover items within the British Library collections which can help you with your research
Dates: 10 April (15:00), 6 May (11:00), 29 May (15:00).
We will give you an introduction on how to:
- search for journals in the British Library collections
- identify, select and order journal titles and articles on Explore
- understand our records and keep track of your orders before visiting the Library
This session includes a step-by-step demo on how to order journal titles and articles on Explore.
Dates: 8 April (11:00), 22 April (11:00), 1 May (15:00), 15 May (15:00), 27 May (11:00).
Do you need guidance on using the catalogue, accessing e-journals and databases or finding references for your research?
The Science Reference Enquiry team would be happy to help! We run sessions (Mon-Fri) on a variety of subjects and now offer free 30-minute one-to-one training sessions, tailored to Readers' needs, covering basic skills in library research and focussing on science resources at the British Library.
To find out more or to book a session, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinics on Social Sciences Resources
The Social Sciences Reference Team offers free 30-minute one-to-one training sessions tailored to your needs covering basics skills on library research focusing on the social sciences resources available in the Library. To book, please contact Social Sciences.
- Booking details for Business & IP Centre workshops are available on our web pages.
- To attend a Science session please speak to staff at the Reference Enquiry Desk in the Science Reading Room or email us at: email@example.com.
NB: These sessions are open to British Library Reader Pass holders only. If you would like to attend but do not have a Reader Pass, please register with us.
- For all other workshops:
Please note that for all courses booked through firstname.lastname@example.org, bookings will only be accepted up to two days before the course.
There is a heavy demand for these courses. If you are booked on one and later find that you are unable to come, please let us know so that we can offer the place to someone else. Thank you.