Category Archives: Inductions

2016-2017 Postgraduate Inductions

You can find a set of slides from my inductions below (postgraduate) and you can also download a pdf version of the slides here.



It’s induction time again! I thought I’d post a couple of my induction slides here on the blog for easy reference. The slides are embedded below, but you can also download the PDFs for both presentations via the links underneath each presentation (which I’d recommend as the resolution is much better on the PDFs!).

(Note: Undergrads are entitled to 5 inter-library loans; postgrads are entitled to 20; Prof Doc/PhD students are entitled to an unlimited number of requests.)

Undergraduate Induction

Download undergrad slides

Postgraduate Induction

Download Postgrad slides

The super quick, 24sec Stratford library tour!

Ever fancied a proper tour of the library but haven’t had enough time in your busy schedule to fit one in? Then maybe the 24sec library tour is for you! Yes, I did say 24 seconds!

Ok, it’s ridiculously fast so you might want to slow it down a touch so you can actually see some of the things the ‘tour’ covers. To slow it down there are two options:

1) Watch the video on the Chrome browser – this is probably the most effective way to watch the video. If watching in Chrome, clicking the little cog on the bottom of the player will give you an option to change the speed the video plays at. I’d recommend going for 0.25 which is not quite so fast and you see all the detail much better.

2) Watch using YoutubeSlowYoutubeSlow pretty much does what it says on the tin – it slows down YouTube videos.  All you have to do is paste the URL into the search box and you can watch the video in slow motion, controlling a couple of sliders underneath the video.

Of course there is another option: get in touch with me and arrange a tour of the library. I won’t be able to do it in 24secs (!), but I can promise you a more thorough and detailed tour of Stratford library.

Inductions and useful resources


There’s a lot to take in during the induction period. You’re about to embark on a new course in a new place and you are bombarded with huge amounts of information. I’m conscious of the fact that, for some people, library inductions can add to this information overload. There’s a lot to take in, from how you can access online resources to searching databases to book borrowing.

Consequently, I think inductions are really about introducing me to you and giving you a bit of an overview into how library services at UEL can help you with your studies. I don’t expect you to remember everything after one of my sessions, but I hope you at least come away knowing you can contact me if you need any assistance and that you are in a position to start investigating all the many resources available to you.

To help you manage this information overload, I’ve created a few pages on this blog that can refresh your memory about some of the things covered in induction sessions. Under the “Introduction to Library Services” option above the banner image, you will find links to inductions I have delivered, an induction video for distance learners, a version of the ‘Finding Journal Articles’ handout I provide during the sessions and a link to other useful resources that may help you during your studies here at UEL.

As always though, if you require any assistance with anything, please do drop me a line either via email, Twitter or by phone and I’ll be more than happy to answer any queries you may have. Furthermore, if you want to book a one-to-one session with me to help with your literature searching, get in touch and I’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Psychology induction presentation

As promised in the inductions I’ve done so far, below is a version of the presentation I have delivered in sessions. If you want to download a copy, you can do so by clicking on the ‘Save’ icon on the slide player. As always, if you have any queries, please do get in touch!

Furthermore, you can find a version of the ‘Finding Journal Articles’ handout on this blog, here.

Five reasons why you should come to a library induction!


1. You know that feeling when you have something to do and you realise at the last minute that you don’t have half the tools you need to do it? Ergh. No-one needs that kind of stress do they? Library inductions help to signpost the tools you need so that you don’t find yourself writing that assignment at 2am and realising you haven’t got a clue how to access a copy of that crucial text you heard about in that lecture that time. Inductions may seem like information overload, but they will save you a lot of hassle later on.

2. Libraries contain a lot of resources and equipment. At Stratford we have books, journals, computers, Galaxy tablets, printers, self-issue machines, self-return machines, print credit machines…we won’t show you how to operate all of the equipment, but we’ll show you where it all is and explain how they can help you. No-one wants to learn all this stuff in the early hours of the morning, right?

3. You get to meet me. Yes, that’s really reason enough, I think? Ok, number 4…No? Oh ok. Well, as your subject librarian I am here to support you in your studies throughout your time at UEL. Want a dedicated one-to-one session where I can spend time showing you how to search specialist databases for relevant research? That’s where I come in. I’m more than happy to help anyone who needs it, but it would also be nice to meet you and introduce myself at the start. Saves that awkward “well, I didn’t actually go to your induction…” conversation.

4. You’ll be visiting the library a lot in your time at UEL. Who can blame you? It’s a fab building with lots of great resources that are free for you to use, plus you get some quiet space to study. Quiet space not good enough? Well, we have silent study rooms too! Come to the induction and I’ll show you the best places to go for the kind of study you want to do. And if you want to work collaboratively without disturbing other people, then we also have a large collaborative space. Come to my induction, and I’ll even show you how you can access the (not so) secret Postgraduate Study Room (if you are a postgraduate!).

5. UEL’s Stratford library is a modern, award-winning building. Who wouldn’t want to spend some time being shown around? ‘Nuff said.

So, see you at your library induction…I look forward to meeting you!

Ian, Subject Librarian for Psychology, UEL.