Postgraduates: How the Library can help you

For many of our postgraduate students, the holiday season is not quite in full swing yet. Final projects, dissertations and exams continue to loom over the summer period. Not to worry, however. While these huge deadlines and final projects will feel very daunting, the library offers an extensive range of online resources. As well as subject guides as well as various in-person training and study sessions ran by our subject librarians, who can also offer tailored 1:1 support all year round if needed. We do, of course, also have our shelves stocked with a range of up-to-date literature and print resources.ย  And our research collection offers guides for enhancing research and academic writing skills such as referencing, literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative analysis, survey methods and report writing.

Our Online Resources

Our trusty LibGuides are tailored to effectively assist you with finding relevant information in a specific subject area. They feature information and advice on searching for relevant print and e-resources such as books and journal articles, recommend websites and databases. And information about how to get in touch with your subject librarian for additional assistance with accessing any further recourses you may require. You can also find our A-Z list of databases we are subscribed to for all your research needs with trial access included. Our detailed subject guides also cover every school within the university. We also have guides for conducting a literature review, critical thinking skills, reference management systems and referencing styles such as APA 7th.

Training and Events Calendar…

Throughout the year, library staff run a variety of workshops and training sessions. These are to assist you in developing and enhancing your academic skillset. The sessions are easily bookable through Libcal for students and staff. Like our Libguide, the sessions and workshops cover research skills such as conducting literature reviews, utilising reference management systems such as Endnote and Mendeley. Library help for your specific subject area and database searching skills. These are only a few examples of the training sessions we offer. Do not worry if one of the sessions you wish to attend is fully booked as well โ€“ our library staff often run several of the same workshops throughout the year to provide students and staff with the most opportunity possible to attend!

Find out more about our training and events calendar in our Home – Edinburgh Napier University webpage. You can also access our full and up-to-date calendar through here as well.

Other ways in which our libraries can support postgraduate and postgraduate studyโ€ฆ

Whether you seek a silent study space to work with no distractions, or a group study space to collaborate with classmates. We even have somewhere to relax and unwind from your studies. Each campus library offers a range of study spaces tailored to your individual and research needs. We also have bookable rooms and study spaces which can be reserved through Resource Booker. A majority of them are also equipped with a PC, whiteboard, and plasma screen. And a family study roomsat Merchiston campus for students with young children. These study rooms feature small tables and chairs, child-sized bean bags and toys to keep them occupied while you study! You can read more about family study rooms and our regulations on our Family Study Room webpage on My Napier.

As well as our study spaces and bookable rooms, we also offer relaxation spaces in each campus library for when our students require a break and some time away from the textbooks. These cosy corners are usually equipped with comfortable seating such as sofas and armchairs, leaflets, and jigsaw puzzles. They are usually situated near our windows to let in the natural light. You can read more about our well-being collection and what kinds of books are featured within it in our ย LibGuide.


We wish our postgraduate students the best of luck with their studies over the summer and their futures and careers going forward.

By Rachel Downie


A range of postgraduate posts