Find It Online

Who should attend this course?
Think you know about searching online? Do you type a word or two into Google and find what you think you’re looking for?

This course focuses on effective research techniques and strategies to retrieve meaningful results when searching the internet as well as an introduction to other search tools.

This training course is open to any Intranet user who wants to improve their web searching and learn techniques for constructing successful searches.

Course overview and content
The Find It Online course focuses on effective research techniques and strategies to retrieve meaningful results when searching the internet as well as an introduction to other search tools i.e. Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo

This course is part of the Library’s Find It training programme.

Learning objectives

This course will equip you with skills to control and minimise your search results and help you understand:

connectors to combine search terms
alternative search query types to narrow results to specific type of materials(s) or website(s)
advanced skills to construct effective search strategies
how to evaluate search results

The course will be a mix of:

presentation and online demonstrations
examples to work through to help you grasp different search techniques
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and explore aspects of searching online that are particularly interesting for you.

Course Dates

  • 3 May 2019
  • 29 May 2019
  • 28 June 2019
  • 23 July 2019

To book, please visit


POST Training for Academic Researchers

POST – the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology – is presenting regional training sessions for researchers to learn how the UK Parliament works and ways to engage with Parliament using research, with a particular focus on framing and communicating your research in a policy context.

What does the training cover?
This training gives an overview of the UK Parliament and covers ways to work with the institution including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries, and POST. It also includes sessions on identifying how your research relates to policy, and communicating your research at Parliament.

How is the training delivered?
Sessions are delivered by officials from POST and Select Committees. The training is interactive and practical. You will leave with an action plan, plenty of resources and the chance to join our alumni network to receive further opportunities and support from Parliament. Refreshments and lunch are included.

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at academic researchers as well as those working in policy brokerage/research impact roles.

What will I learn?
As a result of the training you will:

  • understand Parliament’s role and processes and the difference between Parliament and Government
  • know how research is used in the UK Parliament
  • be able to identify opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work
  • know how your research could be relevant to Parliament’s work, and how to frame it in this context
  • learn tips and advice on communicating your research at Parliament including style and tone
  • be aware of where to go for further support

What does it cost?
There is an attendance fee of £40, including VAT. If this fee is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us; we may make exceptions in some circumstances.

More information can be found at

NEW: courses to help you with casework

The House of Commons Library is offering four new ‘taster’ courses aimed at helping you answer common constituents’ questions in the areas of housing, special educational needs, employment law and anti-social behaviour.

The training will be provided in Westminster by experienced lawyers. You can sign-up via ACT by first logging into the ACT Learning Pool (via Office 365), and then clicking the links below:

Introduction to Housing Law for caseworkers
The Law and Special Educational Needs and Disability
An introduction to employment law for caseworkers
The Law and anti-social behaviour

Once you have registered, we will be in touch with further details.  If you have any questions, please contact or call x3666.

Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Team training workshops/seminars

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Team is presenting some useful training workshops and seminars.  Book now to secure a place.

Please email: or telephone Pam Morris on 020 7219 3738 to reserve a place.

All workshops will be held in Room “B”, 1 Parliament Street, London SW1A 0AA

Keeping on the right side of the rules: the proper use of Parliamentary resources

  • Tuesday 14 November 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Workshop of how to support an All-Party Parliamentary Group:

  • Wednesday 27 September 11.00am-12 noon
  • Wednesday 18 October 12 noon – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 November 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Seminar on registering MP’s financial interests:

  • Wednesday 27 September 10.00am-11.00am
  • Wednesday 18 October 11.00am – 12 noon
  • Tuesday 14 November 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Parliamentary Outreach – free service for the public

The Parliamentary Outreach service raises awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, with the aim of increasing levels of engagement between the public and the House of Commons and the House of Lords.   The service offers free Parliamentary training, monthly drop-in sessions, legislation workshops and more.  The sessions are free and open to anyone with an interest in the areas being discussed.  Lots more information about what they do and their future programme here:

There are four main activities for the service:

  • delivery of tailored information sessions outlining how bills become law, how select committees work and how to find information on Parliament’s website
  • cultural programmes and exhibitions in partnership with local museums, libraries and archives;
  • aiding and promoting the work of select committees, including public meetings in the regions and increasing the range and volume of relevant evidence
  • highlighting the relevance of Parliament to individual regions and devolved areas

For further information on future events organised by the Parliamentary Outreach team, please visit their website.

Speakers Trust

Speakers Trust – Our interactive public speaking and communication skills workshops equip people of all ages and capabilities to communicate successfully. Our one day workshops are designed to teach, in a fast and fun way, how to:

  • Deliver an effective speech
  • Speak with clarity and confidence
  • Overcome nerves
  • Engage an audience
  • Structure an effective speech
  • Improve presentation skills
  • Answer questions without preparation

For further information please visit our website –

“Excellent training – the attendees haven’t stopped talking about it!” – Jamie Cooke, Senior Fellowship Networks Manager, The RSA

Connect Training

Connect Training provides practical, bespoke public policy and communication skills training.  Our courses explain the structure and processes of policy-making, the key issues and hot topics, and the skills and techniques for working with stakeholders and decision-makers – from local authorities and stakeholders, to ministers and officials.

As an award-winning, independent political communications agency, Connect have an unrivalled experience of the people, policies and processes involved in political decision-making. Previous delegates at our courses include public affairs, parliamentary, communications and campaigns staff from a range of leading public sector organisations, industry bodies, trade unions, campaign groups and charities, and the private sector. With a strict limit on the number of participants on each session, these bespoke courses provide the opportunity to engage with and discuss the issues most relevant to your work.


Understanding ModernGov

Understanding ModernGov (UMG) is the training arm of GovNet Communications, the complete public sector communications company.

UMG provides a portfolio of highly informative, interactive public sector and policy training courses, that clearly and concisely explain the workings of Government and Parliament.  Catering for the public, private and third sectors, our courses cover a wide range of areas designed to enrich your knowledge and enhance your skills.  We also produce bespoke training courses for a variety of clients on an in-house basis, and are a supplier to Government of policy skills courses through the Buying Solutions Learning and Development framework.  For more details e-mail or call 0800 542 9440.


Think Productive

Think Productive offers practical support to organisations that want to increase productivity.  We help employees to beat stress, feel more in control and develop playful, productive momentum.  We were bored of the typical Time Management Training formats, so have developed workshops that incorporate ‘at-desk coaching’ to ensure that practical change happens straight away.  Workshops include:

  • Getting Your Inbox To Zero
  • Email Etiquette
  • How to Get Things Done
  • Making Meetings Magic
  • How to be a Productivity Ninja
  • Smells Like Team Spirit
  • One-to-one Consultancy with At-Desk Implementation

“It was a tremendously impressive and useful morning” – Tom Levitt MP

“I’m still keeping my inbox pretty much to zero which is a minor miracle. I know this sounds completely bonkers but I really think the ‘inbox to zero’ and ‘How to Get Things Done’ sessions are the most useful training sessions I have ever been on.  I don’t know if this is connected but I have definitely felt calmer and less stressed since the sessions and I genuinely feel a bit more in control of my workload.” – Zoe Pronger, The Cabinet Office