Information Skills Training

Library inductions and information skills sessions for new students

At the start of the academic year, the Taylor Institution Library runs tours and inductions to the library for new undergraduates, and research skills sessions for new postgraduate students.

However, if you are unable to attend a timetabled induction session, the Modern Languages online library guide (opens in new window) includes documentation for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, comprising task sheets which give an introduction to using various library resources. The guide also links to information on library services and resources for individual languages, linguistics and film studies.

For a quick introduction to using SOLO, Oxford's online library catalogue, see this PDF presentation (opens in new window).

The Taylor Institution Library also has a Virtual Tour (opens in new window).

Information Skills Sessions October 2017


First year undergraduate students will have a library tour and induction session scheduled by their college in 0th Week.

Library skills sessions for FHS students (2nd year and above) are planned for Hilary Term.


Graduate research skills sessions are open to those studying both Eastern and Western European Languages.

Note: Please bring your laptop with you when you attend one of these Graduate sessions.

  • Tue 17th Oct, 2-3 pm, Taylor Institution, Room 2
  • Wed 19th Oct, 3-4 pm, Taylor Institution, Room 2
If you have any questions about the above events, or you can't make any of the times, please contact the Subject Consultant for your language. See Contacting your Subject Consultant, below.

Bodleian iSkills

Bodleian iSkills is the Bodleian Libraries' programme of workshops designed to help you to make effective use of library and other information resources in print and online. Bodleian iSkills runs throughout the year and includes sessions on searching for scholarly materials, keeping up-to-date, reference management and measuring impact.

For full details, see the Bodleian Libraries online guide to Workshops (opens in new window).

Contacting your Subject Consultant

The Taylor Institution Library has subject specialists for individual languages, linguistics, film studies and women's studies, who are happy to help with subject-specific enquiries. Please contact the relevant Subject Consultant for one-to-one help with using the library resources in your subject area.

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