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UG CamGuides: Using CamGuides for Undergraduates

Information about what it is and how to get the most from it.

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neon hello signThank you for looking at CamGuides for Undergraduates. We hope that you will find it useful at this exciting time, as you make the transition to university.

It is a resource for students about to start an undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. It doesn't matter which subject you will be studying or which college you will join. It aims to introduce you to some of the academic and information skills that you will need during your studies, as well as how and where you'll be working.

We hope that it will give you useful information on what it is like to be an undergraduate in Cambridge and help you to feel more confident about making a start on your academic work.

We recognise that your experience as a student may be different to some of the scenarios outlined on these guides, as we continue to navigate Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing measures. For any questions about changes in library services contact

These pages give you information about the resource and how to get the most from it. To access the resource, click on Return to Start Page.

Using CamGuides for Undergraduates

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  • CamGuides for Undergraduates is completely optional

You can refer to the resource as little or as much as you like, now or in the future. 

  • It comprises five sections

They cover a range of topics and highlight some of the resources available to you and encourage you to reflect on what you know and what you need to find out more about before you arrive. 

  • It is aimed at all new undergraduates

We hope that you find something relevant in this resource, whichever degree you are studying for. The resource is open to anyone, so you are very welcome to browse the content and try out the tasks even if you are not about to begin studying at Cambridge.

  • You can revisit it at any time

You will have access to CamGuides for Undergraduates throughout your studies. 

  • You don't need to sign up to any platform

While you need access to the internet, we won't ask for personal details and we don't record your progress. You could use Summary sheets at the end of each section and tick off the pages you've completed. Most resources are available freely; some however, might only be available to you once you start at the university. 

  • There are insights from current undergraduates on almost every page

We have short videos on almost every page which give you valuable tips on becoming an undergraduate at Cambridge.

  • There are tasks next to the lightbulb icon in a grey box

lightbulb iconOptional tasks suggest activities that you can usefully do before your course begins

  • There is plenty of support available when you start in Cambridge

If you need more information about anything in this resource, then you can ask your Director of Studies, Supervisors, Personal Tutor, Librarians and others when you arrive. The university also has a Disability Resource Centre (DRC) and Counselling Service to provide advice and guidance to prospective and current students.

  • Any questions?

If you'd like to ask something specifically about using CamGuides for Undergraduates, email


Who created CamGuides?

The CamGuides for Undergraduates project is one of the initiatives of the Cambridge Information Literacy Network (CILN). The content has been written by a team of librarians from across Cambridge Libraries with input from current undergraduate students, supervisors and Directors of Studies; the students that appear in our videos are all current undergraduates in the academic year 2019-20. 

We are grateful for funding support from the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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