Welcome to St George’s Library 2021

Welcome to St George’s to all our new students and welcome back to everyone who is returning to their studies with us. After the flurry of Freshers Week and the first weeks of classes, now is a good time to start familiarising yourself with the library’s resources and the services we offer.

We are here to help you and support you in your studies.

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Library help guides

We have a range of guides, called Libguides, to help you find out more and get to grips with your subject, library or research related skills. You can find all of them on the Libguides homepage. They are grouped into subjects related to each course. Under Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, you will find, for example, guides for paramedic science or radiography. Guides for  Institute of Medicine and Biomedical Education courses include medicine or biomedical science.

Each guide includes information on which resources we recommend for your subject, including revision and e-learning resources and databases, if you are doing complex literature searches. In the guide, you can also find information on how to reference correctly and who to contact to get further help. A little tip: it’s generally a good idea to email liaison@sgul.ac.uk for help with finding information and referencing.

We also have a range of skills guides, ranging from the basic (but totally necessary) Library Essentials and printing, to more in-depth guides on literature searching and using Refworks to manage your references.

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E-learning tutorials

On Canvas you can find a range of self-directed library research based tutorials that you can take at your own pace when you are ready. They each include some videos, explanations and short quizzes so you can test your knowledge as you go along.

Have you ever wondered how to Google like a librarian? Or how to select the best-quality information for your assignments? Give our Finding and Evaluating Information tutorial a go.

If you need to use Harvard referencing in your assignments (and it is very likely that you do as it is the institutional referencing style), you will find our Referencing Essentials tutorial helpful. It covers the basics of referencing, explains what in-text citations and references consist of and guides you through the reference layout of the most commonly used resources.

Once you have completed the tutorial, why don’t you take our referencing quiz to see how well you can apply Harvard referencing? A little tip: you might find our Cite Them Right video helpful to answer the questions.

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Liaison Librarians

We have a brand-new service this year! There is an expert ‘on-call’ librarian available every weekday between 10am-2pm you can talk to in person about any research or referencing concerns. All you need to do is let us know at the library helpdesk and we’ll take it from there.

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Every subject at St George’s has a specialist librarian, in fact librarians, so you are sure to get the specialist support you need for what you are studying. You can find out who your librarians are on your subject’s libguide.

You can also email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk if you’d like any help with research, systematic literature searches, finding information in Hunter, referencing or RefWorks. For more in-depth enquiries we can make an appointment with you, either online or in person, depending on availability.

Reading for pleasure collection

Regular breaks from studying and revision are important, which is where our collection of fiction, poetry and popular non-fiction comes in. Not all our books are medical and healthcare-related textbooks. We have a range of books you might expect to find in a public library!

These books are grouped along different themes, you can find all our collections here. There are collections on science bestsellers, Black Lives Matter and Black History Month, fiction by women and women in leadership, health and mental well-being and LGBTQ+ books for example.

The Library also supports the Big Read. This is an exciting shared reading project, which is now in its third year at St George’s. We have all the shortlisted books from the last years, going back to the project’s origins at Kingston University, and of course all the winners, in the library available for you to borrow. You can find the Big Read books listed here.

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Academic skills

Last but not least, you might be looking for help with academic skills, such as essay writing, revision skills or note taking. You can find information on these topics and many more on the Study+ page on Canvas.

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You can also get one-to-one support by booking an appointment with the Academic Success Team. You need to book via the Study+ page on Canvas. Appointments can be in person or online.


We hope you find these resources will support you in your assignments, dissertations and learning. Don’t hesitate to email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk with you

Self-enrol on the St George’s Library module in Canvas

In case you didn’t already know, the Library now has a home in Canvas – St George’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You should expect to see content and resources develop in the SGUL Library module over the coming academic year, but for now the module has a key role in hosting this year’s Online Library Inductions – see here for more information.

If you don’t see the SGUL Library module on your Canvas dashboard, it’s really easy to enrol yourself:

  1. Click the support icon in the global navigation
  2. Click the link to Extra Curricular / Learning Resources
  3. Select the Library icon
  4. Click ‘Join this module’ on the right-hand side of the page

Alternatively, this very short video will guide you through the process.

If you have any questions about the Library module in Canvas, Library inductions etc. please email us on liaison@sgul.ac.uk

St George’s Library Prize Draw!

Every year St George’s Library welcomes our new undergraduates and postgraduates with a Library induction: this year we’re changing things up… we’re moving our Library Inductions online!

As well as meeting your Liaison Librarians at your welcome lectures, all new starters will be enrolled onto the SGUL Library module in Canvas, your VLE at St George’s. Here you’ll be able to access course-specific information about Library resources, teaching and learning materials and most importantly for now, your Online Library Induction. You can also find a link to it here (SGUL Login required).

As keen new St George’s students, we hope you’ll be interested in exploring the Library module regardless, but appreciate that an incentive or two might entice you! Therefore, any student who completes their online induction will be automatically entered into a very generous prize draw…

Local businesses have come out in force to show their support for St George’s, so you could be in with a chance of winning the following:

Prize list:

To enter the draw, make sure you complete your online Library induction before Monday 14th October 2019.

Entries received after this date will not be eligible for prizes.

You can also get a bonus entry if you follow us on social media:

@sgullibrary on Instagram
@sgullibrary on Twitter
SGUL Library on Facebook

The Library uses social media to give you the latest information about Library services, as well as drawing your attention to relevant news items and articles relevant to the medical and health field.


Terms and Conditions: St George’s Library Prize Draw

  1. The competition will run from Tuesday 27th August 2019 until Monday 14th October 2019.
  2. The prize draw is open to St George’s, University of London and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (Kingston University and St George’s, University of London partnership) students only.
  3. Entry to the prize draw is restricted to one entry per student, per channel. Multiple entries from any participant will be disqualified.
  4. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries once the competition has closed on Monday 14th October 2019.
  5. Winners will be contacted via their SGUL email address, or via the social media channel they used to enter the draw. Please be sure to check your emails / direct messages.
  6. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid St George’s University ID card.
  7. Prizes must be collected within one week of notification.
  8. Prizes are not exchangeable, nor are they redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  9. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  10. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library social media channels.
  11. One prize draw will take place, unless the prizes are not collected by the deadline, in which case uncollected prizes will be redrawn (once only).
  12. Prize list is subject to change, depending on availability.

*Approximate value. Vouchers are for 2 x burgers, 2 x sides and 2 x drinks per voucher.