Help/Contact me

Contact me!

As your subject librarian, you can come to me for help on information and library-related matters. Whether you are having trouble using the catalogue, need some advice on internet searching, want to know more about databases or are stuck with referencing, I am the person to ask!

I also run training sessions when asked by academics from the courses I support, and am often involved with modules on research skills or evidence-based practice.

Students are welcome either to come and see me in the Library or send me an e-mail via the Contact Your Librarian form (select Pharmacy!). You can also telephone me on 01634 883446 (I do not have voicemail, I'm afraid).

If you need to contact the Library in general the main contact details are available from the Drill Hall web pages.

Recent Tweets from my Twitter feed can be seen on the right. This often includes some general updates about the Drill Hall Library as well as subject-specific information such as the newest books in stock, new resources you might find useful and details of workshops and drop-in sessions I run. If you're on Twitter, you can follow me on @dhldavidb. The Drill Hall also has an account - @drillhalllib, and also has a Facebook page.

Study skills

If you need help with study skills in general, including academic writing, then help is available from your university :

University of Greenwich students should contact the Study Skills team in the Blake building. Useful web resources from the University of Greenwich include :

  • Study Skills - resources, plus contact details for the Study Skills Team
  • Referencing
  • PLATO - a resource for understanding plagiarism
  • Progression in Information Skills - an online course accessible via the Portal and Moodle, covering how to find quality information, avoid plagiarism, cite your references and much more

University of Kent students should contact SLAS (Student Learning and Advisory Service), who have an office in the Drill Hall Library. Useful resources from the University of Kent include :

Students from all 3 universities on campus can see Andrew Sant, Royal Literary Fund Fellow. He is based in an office in the Drill Hall Library on Wednesdays and Thursdays and can offer useful, confidential advice on writing skills.

Library resources for study/research skills

You will also find lots of helpful books on study skills in the Library. Some useful classmarks for study skills topics include :

  • 001.42 - general research skills/research methodology
  • 025.04 - internet research
  • 025.0661 - the internet for health and medicine
  • 378.170281 - higher education study skills
  • 808.066 - academic writing skills, including referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • 808.51 - giving presentations

Reference management

If you are undertaking a longer project involving a lot of references, you may find it useful to use reference management software. The University of Kent has a package called Refworks available, and the University of Greenwich uses a system called Endnote Web. There are also free reference managers available such as Mendeley and Zotero. I can support you in the use of Refworks or Endnote Web.

Guidance for using databases

I can help (in person or by email) with the use of specific databases for your searching. You may also find this Prezi, which goes through the fundamental principles of using big databases, useful. [Best viewed at full-screen size, using the button at the bottom right].

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