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Mathematics and Statistics

Subject guide to library related topics

Welcome to The University of Edinburgh's Libraries and their collections and services

Slide presentations introducing library resources and services

The sets of slides below were created with postgraduate students in the School of Mathematics in mind. However, much of their content is useful to any member of the University of Edinburgh wanting an introduction to The Library.

For all of the slides above in one powerpoint presentation without narration [14thSep20]:

Introduction to Library Resources and Services

These powerpoint files include narration and are large. They can take a bit of time to load/download/save [1stSep20].

Library semester 1 2020 - sources of up to date information (13,671KB, powerpoint)

  1. Introduction transcript (pdf)
  2. Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library transcript (pdf)
  3. Subject to Change transcript (pdf)
  4. Library Services Update 2020-21 transcript (pdf)

DiscoverEd Introduction to find books and journals (20,185KB powerpoint)

  1. Introduction transcript (pdf)
  2. DiscoverEd - Getting to it transcript (pdf)
  3. DiscoverEd - When and how to use it transcript (pdf)
  4. Journals transcript (pdf)
  5. Books transcript (pdf)

Online access and borrowing (13,654KB, powerpoint)

  1. Introduction transcript (pdf)
  2. Off-campus access to the online collection transcript (pdf)
  3. Borrowing physical items transcript (pdf)
  4. Renewing what you have borrowed transcript (pdf)
  5. Fines for overdue items transcript (pdf)

Resources for finding academic literature (17,320KB powerpoint)

Help contacts for library services (13,053KB, powerpoint)

  1. Help Introduction transcript (pdf)
  2. Inter-library loan transcript (pdf)
  3. Request A Book transcript (pdf)
  4. Contacting Information Services transcript (pdf)
  5. Academic Skills Support transcript (pdf)

LibSmart: Your library research starts here

A self-enrol Learn course to help you get started using library resources at the University, LibSmart is designed to be studied how and when it suits you. It has five modules that will take you step by step from starting to use the library to researching a topic for a report or essay. You can choose to work through every module or just the one or two most relevant to you.
You can revisit the course at any point during your studies, and use it as a hub of resources to support your personal and academic development. The content covers:
  1. Get started with accessing and using online library resources for your studies.
  2. Explore and use key library resources appropriate to your discipline.
  3. Find material for an essay or report on a topic.
  4. Manage the information you’ve found and avoid information overload.
  5. Use Library tools to develop good academic practice with citation and referencing.

LibSmart includes reflective activities to get you thinking about your own skills, experiences and what you hope to achieve.

Enrolling on LibSmart

This is an online self-paced Learn course. To enrol, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the Login to Learn button and enter your University (previously EASE) Login credentials if required.
  3. Click on Self-Enrol at the top right-hand side.
  4. Click on the Browse Course Catalogue button within the Course Catalogue section.
  5. In the Search Catalogue search box, type "libsmart” and click Go.
  6. To enrol, click on the down-pointing arrow next to the course title and choose Enrol.
  7. Click Submit followed by OK. You should now be able to view the course.

If you experience any access issues, please contact the IS Helpline at



Making the Most of IT

The recorded version of Digital Skills and Training team's Making the Most of IT - 2020/21 below or on the University's Media Hopper Create service

Video sections by time:

00:00:00 - 00:01:33 - Introduction

00:01:33 - 00:05:10 - Getting started essentials

00:05:10 - 00:07:55 - Email and Office 365

00:07:55 - 00:17:49 - University computing, printing and multimedia resources

00:17:49 - 00:20:06 - Getting started with the library

00:20:06 - 00:25:44 - Help and Support

Academic Support Librarian (my personal pronouns: she/her)

How to...

Recordings of the 2020-21 Welcome Week How-To Sessions are available:

'How to' online information sessions

These session include: How to...
  • ...access online library resources.
  • The Library collections for your course.
  • ...find academic literature online.
  • ...get access to library resources you need that The Library doesn't have.
  • ...get help with accessing library resources if you need it.
  • ...understand and access your reading list.
  • ...use the Centre for Research Collections.

Guidance for new academic staff and postgraduate researchers: IS teaching and research services