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Engineering Library: Information skills

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

Information skills

The library team provide training and one-to-one support to develop your information and research skills.

You can also find resources and support via the dedicated Engineering Sciences website.

See the pages below for information on:

You can also visit the Research Skills LibGuide for more resources and information including searching the literature, publishing in journals or monographs, building your online profile, understanding research metrics and more. 

Information Skills Training

The Engineering Library team offer a range of training in communication, information and research skills. These sessions are designed to support students to develop the skills they need during their time at Cambridge and beyond. 

Our training includes best practice for academic writing and technical reports, design and public speaking tips for presentations and posters, an interactive look at research ethics, literature searching and reviewing support and data management guidance. We can combine or adapt the sessions we offer to best support your needs. 

Please note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there will be no in-person training from the Library Team for Easter Term 2020. Please see the online Information Skills resources above, which have been designed as an alternative method of training delivery.

For Undergraduates

Our training for undergraduates focuses on communication and organisational skills. It includes sessions on referencing, presentation skills, designing and presenting posters, report writing and managing your 4th Year Project.

For Masters Students

The Library can offer a bespoke teaching programme for Masters and CDT courses. Individual course leaders are encouraged to discuss their needs with the Library team to create this. We particularly recommend sessions on searching the literature, research ethics, managing information and data, and designing and presenting posters. 

RDC: Researcher Development Course

First Year PhD students receive library and information skills training as part of the Researcher Development Course (RDC) programme. This includes core sessions on searching and reviewing the literature, managing information and data, and sharing your research. 

To find out more and to book one to one support, contact the library team at or use our online booking form

Teaching sessions

The library run teaching sessions on a range of topics, for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Slides for some of these sessions are below: Please note that these slides are intended to accompany an in-person teaching session, not to replace one.