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Biological Sciences Libraries

Getting Started

Getting started at Cambridge

There are many different ways in which you will work and study while at Cambridge. Experiencing lectures for the first time, carrying out research for your undergraduate project, referencing your PhD thesis or giving your first conference presentation - there can be a lot to get to grips with.

Thankfully the Biological Sciences Libraries Team are here to work with you throughout your academic career at Cambridge and we have a dedicated programme of training and resources to help get you up to speed. 

Cambridge University Libraries support for your degree

With lots of different libraries and services to choose from, it would be helpful to get the lowdown on what you might want to use to support your studies. We have a range of dedicated online short courses covering the Natural Sciences Triposthe Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, and the Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Tripos. You will also have live introductory sessions with members of the Team as part of your welcome week and timetabled lectures.

How to get the most from your lectures

This online self-guided course will help you get prepared for your first lectures at university. Covering topics such as effective note-taking, writing essays, and time management, we hope this course will get you off to a good start.


Moving forward

We have divided our resources and training sessions into themes so you can navigate to what sort of thing it is you want to learn more about the develop further in. Each theme has a range of resources on offer from downloadable handouts to videos that give you the lowdown on a topic area. We also have opportunities for you to sign up for one of our training sessions as well as getting further specialist help from a member of the team.

So head on over to what you need and get in touch if you get stuck. These are new resources for the 2023/24 academic year so if you have any comments or feedback, we'd welcome those too.