Research Skills Central

Course materials for teachers of information literacy


Research Skills Central is the home of resources created by Emma Coonan for Cambridge University Library’s Research Skills Programme, which ran until 2013. All resources are licensed as CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 and are freely available for download, sharing and reuse.


The Research Skills Programme at Cambridge University Library offers courses on all aspects of finding, using and managing academic information. The programme is designed to scaffold the academic development of learners and help them manage their own learning through achieving a critical and reflective understanding of the information resources available. Courses are available free of charge to all students and staff of the University.

The programme’s aims are aligned with Professional Values V1 and V2 of the Higher Education Academy’s Professional Standards Framework:

  • to give all learners equal access to support for developing an informed understanding of scholarly conventions, practices and values in their discipline
  • to support learners from diverse backgrounds by facilitating each individual’s development of a conscious, reflective, and evaluative approach to encountering and using academic information throughout their academic career.

Want to read more? Here’s a five year overview of the programme’s development from 2008 to 2013.


Emma is now the Information Skills Librarian at the University of East Anglia. She also blogs as the Mongoose Librarian and tweets as @LibGoddess.


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