Study support

Finding and using resources

Your Information Specialist (Librarian) can show you how to find resources and assess what is quality, relevant information, covering topics such as:

  • finding books and e-books
  • finding journal articles
  • using newspapers and magazines
  • getting to know databases and journals
  • internet searches
  • specialist resources.

See our subject specific library guides for further information.

Students and staff can arrange a meeting with their Information Specialist via zoom or email. 

Supporting teaching and learning

Working in partnership with faculties, schools and programme teams Information specialists:

  • select and organise material for library collections (both physical and electronic)
  • facilitate the use of information management tools
  • support the development of information literacy skills.

 See our Teaching Library Guide for further information.

Our team of Information Specialists and their subject areas

  • Senior Information Specialist
    Nursing and Midwifery / Health Professions: Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy
  • Information Specialist
    Biological & Marine Sciences / Art, Architecture and Design
  • Information Specialist
    Psychology / Health Professions: Occupational Therapy, Social Work
  • Senior Information Specialist
    Medicine / Dentistry / Biomedicine & Healthcare: Dietetics, Optometry & Podiatry
  • Information Specialist
    Institute of Education / Law, Criminology and Government
  • Senior Information Specialist
    Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
  • Information Specialist
    Humanities, Performing Arts / Geography, Earth, Environmental Sciences


The Information specialists are here to help and support teaching, including:

  • Advice and support on use of library services & collections.
  • Working with students and staff to develop their information literacy.
  • Training sessions in the Leganto Reading List system and EndNote reference management.
  • Advice and support with Open Access Research and Copyright.
  • Managing the library collections, both physical and electronic in collaboration with academic staff.

See our Teaching Library Guide for further information about the services we provide.

Copyright and licensing

All staff, students and researchers at the University of Plymouth need to know about copyright and licensing. 

View our Library Guide for essential copyright information.

Reading lists

Students and staff can access their reading lists via the DLE or the following link

Staff - Creating and maintaining your reading list

View our Library Guide if you are a member of staff and require further help and advice with reading lists.