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Planning research projects with the LRC

  • We are always keen to work with teaching staff to improve students’ information literacy and wider research skills.
  • If your students are starting a project which will require in-depth research, please contact the LRC at least two weeks in advance so that we can make sure we have appropriate resources.
  • We can then support the project work by:
– Booking the ICT suite on periods 1,3,7 Monday, Wednesday or Friday for research based sessions with the support  of  the LRC Team and the hospitality of having technology an hard copy resources close at hand.
– preparing worksheets for use during a class research visit to the LRC.
– posting pathfinder guides onto to the VLE or developing learning objects to embed into your course structure.
– helping the class to develop evalautive strategies to determine the success of their research.
– Visiting classrooms to support students

Professional Development Sessions

The LRC provides a range of professional development sessions as part Tuesday CPD activities running in the ICT suite from 2:00pm-4:30pm. If you missed one of these sessions they can be run again on a group or individual basis. Please email Mark or Lucia to make a booking.

General LRC induction

This 30 minute session, intended for new staff will familiarise you with;

  • General LRC facilities
  • Using the Moodle VLE (virtual learning environment), a gateway to subject and reference databases the LRC catalogue and teaching materials as well as course resources and activities
  • How the LRC can work with you to improve your students information literacy and wider research skills
  • Collection development – collaboration between the LRC and CAs to build a excellent digital and hard copy collection

Google and Beyond

This one hour session will introduce you to a range of advanced search techniques for making the most of Google but also applicable to a range of online search engines including;

  • How Google works – indexing and results retrieval
  • Planning a search and key wording good practice
  • Using the advanced features including domain, date and media specific searching

Plagiarism: Defining, Dissuading and Detecting

This one hour session will introduce you to current definitions of plagiarism and how it can be mitigated through a combination of assignment design and detection techniques and tools.

Secondary ICT – Plagiarism – A Cut and Paste Generation

A look at how staff combat plagiarism in schools, colleges and universities, following the rise of the internet and the cut and paste generation.

Duration: 30 minutes – http://www.teachers.tv/video/30749

VLE Database Sessions

The LRC subscribes to a range of reference and subject specific databases whose information sources can be used not only to support student’s independent research but also assignment creation and your continuing professional development. Each session will last aproximately 45 minutes.

ProQuest News and Issues Online

This session will introduce you to the most effective techniques for using ProQuest News, an online database of full text articles from leading national and international  newspapers and magazines and Issues Online, a topical thematically arranged database of journal newspaper articles and press releases.

Oxford Reference

This session will introduce you to the features of Oxford Reference, a database providing access to an unparalleled range of encyclopaedic and dictionary resources.


This database provides access to a comprehensive selection of GCSE, A1 and A2 appropriate journal articles. These include the full range of Phillip Allan update titles from 1999 to the present.

Your resource suggestions

  • We are very keen to get suggestions for resources from teaching staff, who are in the best position to know what the students need.
  • Please do visit the LRC regularly and let us know what you think of the physical stock and digital resources in your subject area(s).
  • You can use this Resource Suggestion Form to send us your recommendations for new purchases.

Book boxes

  • Using the book box service, staff can borrow up to 25 books at once for use in the classroom to encourage student research around a topic.
  • Book box accounts have been set up on the library management system for all members of teaching staff.
  • If you are short of time, we are happy to find books in the appropriate subject area for you.   Just let us now your requirements at least a day in advance (Contact the LRC staff )

Professional Development Collection

  • We are currently developing a collection of Professional Development resources that can be borrowed only by teaching staff.
  • This collection is shelved in the LRC Office.
  • To view our Professional Development resources using the Heritage Online Catalogue, just enter the two letters pd into the search box.
  • You can also access this e-book “Education on the web” which is a tool-kit to help you search effectively for information on education. Click here


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