University of Nottingham Malaysia
The Library

Online Research & Information Skills (ORIS)



The Library is proactive in promoting the use of the information sources and developing skill sets and knowledge in information searching among staff and students. A team of library staff is dedicated in delivering special programmes and information skills tutorials in an effort to enhance information literacy.

Generally, library induction and orientation programmes are conducted for new students joining the university at all levels. Working in collaboration with the Schools, information skills sessions and tutorials are designed according to their needs, based on the level of the students and are mainly subject focused. The advanced sessions incorporate instructions in managing bibliographic citations and references and the use of EndNote and Mendeley.

Available information skills sessions and tutorials can be viewed from the “Schedule of ORIS Tutorials” and are open for booking to the Schools.

The Reference Desk is open on Mondays to Fridays from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. We offer reference services and assistance to anyone who has need for a personalised service. An electronic service is also made available. Please send enquiries to:

What are information skills?

Information skills enable the researcher to recognise the type of information they require and how to locate, evaluate and use the information effectively to support their mode of study or research.

Information skills enable:

  • student and staff-centred learning and research-led learning
  • students and staff to take advantage of the wealth of information resources available at the University
  • students and staff to evaluate information effectively
  • students and staff to use information correctly and avoid plagiarism

How can the library help you?

The Reference & User Education unit of the library carries out a range of information skills training for both students and staff at the University:

  • all students and staff are offered NUsearch training upon registration and request
  • all students and staff have the option to sign-up for various information skills tutorial sessions throughout the academic year
  • tutorial sessions can also be arranged and tailored for specific groups on request

Tutorial session topics include:

  • general induction to library services and promotion of resources
  • using electronic resources and developing search strategies
  • advanced searching and systematic reviews
  • evaluating information
  • current awareness services
  • bibliographic software - EndNote and Mendeley

Booking an ORIS tutorial session

If you would like to request a session, please contact our staff by walk-in to Reference Desk, Level B of Library building. Telephone: 03-8924 8319 or email:

Types of ORIS tutorial sessions offered:

  • NUsearch basic (30 minutes)
  • NUsearch advanced (45 minutes)
  • Online Research and Information Skills session (60 minutes)
  • Introduction to Bibliographic Software (60 minutes)

Online support materials

Studying Effectively

Studying Effectively is a series of webpages from UK main campus that introduce students and staff to library services and the effective use of information and material. Content also includes advice on study skills.



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University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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