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Social Sciences: Library essentials

A collection of information resources and guidance for Social Sciences students

Introduction - what is the Library Essentials dashboard?

We know students are short on time and when the going gets tough, learning new stuff about the library is one of the first things to get shelved for another day (or week, or lifetime).

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On this page, we've gathered together the most essential and important information you'll need to know about us to get through your degree.

These videos and instructions are short and to the point, but you can use the other tabs in this guide to explore our services in more detail whenever you like.

Medway Skills Corner

A large desk and screen. Next to them, a colourful sign reads "Medway Skills Corner"In the Group Study Zone, you'll find a space for drop-in support. We have scheduled sessions for library skills, academic skills and maths/stats help running here.

Library Support

Some and meet one of our librarians and ask questions about literature searching and referencing. Dates for May-June 2022:

  • May: Wednesday 4th (11am-1pm), Wednesday 25th (11am-1pm).
  • June: Wednesday 1st (11am-1pm), Thursday 9th (11am-1pm), Thursday 16th (11am-1pm), Wednesday 22nd (11am-1pm), Wednesday 29th (11am-1pm).

Academic Skills Support

Drop-ins provided by the University of Greenwich Academic Support Team, open to all Medway students from all 3 universities. Come and ask your questions about academic writing, time management, critical thinking and other academic skills. Friday mornings, 11am-1pm. These drop-ins will resume in Autumn 2022.

Maths and Stats Help

Get those tricky maths and statistics questions answered!

Every Tuesday during term time - 12-2pm.

Digital Champion

Peer support with Microsoft Office and other online learning tools.

Every Monday during term time - 11am-1pm.


Colourful headphonesHelp and advice from your librarian

Please contact your subject's librarian or email with your queries. Or Tweet the Drill Hall - @drillhalllib. Or contact us via Facebook. We will try to answer your query by email/Twitter/Facebook, but we can also offer online tutorials, which will allow you to share your screen with us.

We will cover enquiries as a team and we are very keen to help you.

Help and advice with academic skillsClare Chambers

In addition to the support provided by your university, Medway students from all 3 universities can book online appointments with Clare Chambers. Clare is a Royal Literary Fellow and a published author, who can help with academic writing. To book an appointment, email - appointments are available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Drop-in support

We offer drop-in support on various skills - see the Medway Skills Corner box on this page.

Video basics

Information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)

An icon showing handwashingInformation about COVID-19

We would urge you to use only trustworthy sources of information on the pandemic, as a lot of misleading information is available.

One of our librarians wrote a blog post about this: COVID-19 - seeking reliable information in difficult times. It was written for librarians, but we hope you may also find it useful.

Keep up to date with the info from your university and students union:


Lots of publishers have released all material relating to COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 to the public. In some cases, this extends further to articles about infection control, past pandemics etc. Some of these: BMJCambridge University PressElseviermedRxiv (preprints), NatureNew England Journal of MedicineOxford University PressSage (medical, behavioural and social science), Taylor and Francis and Wiley.

Drill Hall librarians - University of Greenwich programmes

Drill Hall Librarians - University of Kent programmes

Drill Hall Librarians - CCCU courses, Medway School of Pharmacy and School of Health Sciences

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Subjects: Education, Health, Pharmacy

Teaching support

Teaching and training

The librarians offer a lot of teaching and training as part of the courses run at the Medway campus. Academic staff and course reps can contact their librarian to arrange this. We teach about finding, evaluating and managing information in different forms. See the Learning and Teaching Support Offer below for more details.