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A warm welcome to the Library. This guide aims to help you with information on library resources, services and facilities for your subject. You can go on to explore more topics using the left-hand navigation. 

Visiting University of Edinburgh Libraries

The University of Edinburgh has a number of libraries to which you have access as a student. 

You can access the Library print and online collection using DiscoverEd (the Library catalogue).

The following pages contain more information on some of the things you may use when you start. 

Workshops and training

A wide range of courses are available throughout the year delivered either in a classroom or online. These include finding library resources for your studies, referencing, and reference management tools.

Librarians offer a range of online and face-to-face training sessions throughout the year.  Here are some of the topics offered.

  • Top tips for Finding Academic Literature
  • How To Reference and Avoid Plagiarism
  • Discovering News Sources
  • Managing References with Zotero
  • Managing References with Endnote
  • Centre for Research Collections - Introduction
  • Digital Primary Sources
  • Web of Science
  • Discovering China Information Resources
  • How to Find Patents & Technical Standards

These can be booked via MyEd Training and Events: Library Bitesize

To view previous BiteSize recordings, see our Media Hopper Playlist


Guidance and training are also available from:

Institute for Academic Development (IAD) for academic and study skills.

Digital Skills and Training for digital, information literacy and IT skills delivered in a classroom or online at a convenient time for you. 

LinkedIn Learning is an online skills development service offering an extensive library of high-quality video tutorials in digital, technology, creative, and business skills.



This Learn course will provide skills and help to use library resources for your study and research. You will learn how to access, explore, evaluate and reference various library resources. We encourage you to revisit the course materials throughout your studies. 

Topics included:

  1. Getting started with the Library   
  2. Your information landscape   
  3. Finding and retrieval  
  4. Managing information 
  5. Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

This is an online self-paced Learn course.