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Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Guide: Skills, training and inductions

Discover Your Libraries

With lots of libraries dotted across Cambridge, it can be difficult to get to them all, so check out our virtual library inductions from the Biological Sciences Libraries Team.

Developing your study skills

How to Get the Most From Your Lectures

This online course helps get first year sciences students off to a good start with advice on how to survive lectures, taking effective notes, structuring your first essay, and lots of other helpful resources to support you throughout your first year.

While aimed at Part IA students, this course is open to anyone who wishes to use it so if you need to refresh your skills after some time away from university, enjoy!

Literature Searching for Your Dissertation or Project

This online course introduces those working on final year dissertations or projects in the biological sciences to the fundamentals of building up your search strategy, searching effectively using a range of different methods and resources, managing what you find, as well as advice on how to critically evaluate what you find and its relevance to your work. 

Participants can take our self-guided course through Moodle before taking advantage of follow-up live sessions with a member of the Biological Sciences Libraries Team, or through booking a 1-2-1 to discuss any needs in more detail.  

These sessions are aimed at final year biological sciences undergraduates but resources and support are open to anyone who needs them, including first year postgraduate researchers.

Engaging critically with your literature: reading, writing and referencing productively at Part II

This live session is designed to help students moving up to their third year to start building skills in reading and assessing research articles for Part II studies in biological sciences. We cover how to approach reading for different purposes such as lectures versus project work, how apply different reading strategies, and critically evaluate articles. We also look at techniques for managing what you’ve read (or not yet read) as well as writing your literature review, plus how to select items to include and reference them properly. 

All live sessions will be delivered via Zoom while teaching is delivered predominantly online due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

If you require any help before any of our live sessions, such as accessibility support, please email George Cronin, Deputy Librarian for Biological Sciences. 


Upgrading your research skills

Research Resolutions: refreshing your research landscape 

This online course will help postgraduates and researchers develop personally and professionally through explore four key themes: managing your online presence; searching for academic literature; managing your data effectively; and getting to know your funder requirements.

Running for the first time in January 2021, and saying live beyond that time, the course offers the opportunity to watch a short video, do a short exercise and reflection task, and having some further links to resources so you can explore some of the concepts further. You can also register for a Certificate of Completion to show off your achievement as part of any ongoing development requirements.

Further Biological Sciences Libraries Training

The Biological Sciences Libraries Team can help with a range of research support needs, ranging from getting started with your literature review through to working out where to publish and how to comply with funder requirements.

Due to COVID-19, our in-person training provision has had to be momentarily paused but we can offer 1-2-1 support sessions to members of the Biological Sciences community. To arrange one of these sessions, please get in touch through our online request form and we will be able to allocate the most knowledgeable person to help you from our team.

Researcher Development at Cambridge

The Researcher Development Team are the central University provider for helping graduates and researchers develop their professional skills. They have a range of training opportunities on offer throughout the year, some of which the Biological Sciences Libraries Team contribute to, so visit the Researcher Development website for more information, or check out the University Training Booking System to see what sessions might be useful to you.

Cambridge University Libraries Research Skills Programme

Librarians from across the Cambridge University Libraries community, including the Biological Sciences Libraries Team, contribute towards delivering this wide-ranging programme to help members of the University develop their research skills. From managing data to creating a conference poster, there's lot we can help with so check out the University Training Booking System to see what sessions are coming up

During Easter Term 2020, our colleagues at the Office of Scholarly Communication (part of Cambridge University Libraries) developed an online course for researchers to continue building their research skills during lockdown. This course is still available online and will be updated for the new academic year.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform where you can find many videos and courses. You can use them to focus on your personal and professional goals, or learn something entirely for your own interest. For a curated list of courses that have been mapped to the core Research Development skills as set out by the University's Researcher Development Framework, visit the Researcher Development website for a full breakdown.