Sixth form and college library support

Sixth form and college library support

How libraries can support sixth form and college students

Research, referencing, and information-gathering support

We can provide support with research, referencing, and information-gathering through the University of Worcester’s Ask a Librarian service. Providing anyone studying for exams or coursework access to expert advice and guidance on their academic work.


Discover official information: The Government and beyond (45 minutes)

Do your students need to use government information or statistics for their EPQ, coursework or independent project?

This webinar will take a brief look at how to find and evaluate these important sources.

We will look at openly available sources and point student in the direction of statistical sources that can be accessed from libraries in Worcestershire.

The session can include guidance on how to reference these sources if required.

Can I use this for my assignment? Evaluating information for academic study (1 hour)

We will look at some tips and tricks for evaluating information found online including:

  • some of the challenges that can make it hard for us to be objective and effective in our evaluations of information
  • tips and tricks for finding the original source of a piece of evidence or a claim
  • looking at other sources that can help us make a good enough judgement about an information source or a claim

Introduction to Harvard referencing (50 minutes)

This webinar will introduce the Harvard (author/date) system of referencing. We will look at why we reference, when we reference and the mechanics of how to do it.

If you would prefer your students to use a footnote system for referencing, we can introduce the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) system instead of Harvard.

Please specify which system you would prefer when booking.

Finding business information (20 to 30 minutes)

This session will get your students started when using Complete Business Reference Adviser (COBRA) to find market research information.

Your students will need digital library membership or a Worcestershire library card to use COBRA and complete the activities for this session. We can offer this session as a digital session or in-person in The Hive.

How to spot fake news (1 hour)

Participants will have the opportunity to try out some fact checking tools, these are tips and tricks which can help us to make sure that the news we share with our friends, family and social networks is as accurate as possible.

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