Help from library staff
The Library team includes a number qualified librarians who can
help to develop your search skills and support your research.
However, as a small team, we all have different skills and
expertise, including a number of people with backgrounds in the
subjects at RWCMD. If you are in the Library, please ask staff at
the Issue Desk for help. If they think someone else in the team is
better placed to answer your question, then they will always pass
it on to the most relevant person. You are also welcome to contact us by phone or email.
Please note: many of our team are part-time,
so we use shared email addresses to avoid missing your questions!
If someone cannot help you immediately, they will be in touch as
soon as possible.
Please also see our subject pages for
more information from the Assistant Librarians for Drama and
The Library sees all new students for an induction highlighting
some key resources for your course and a tour of our space. We also
see some students again throughout their course, to help with
research for assignments and referencing.
These are areas with which we can help you:
- Search skills – how to find the best resources for your
- Referencing and plagiarism – what to do and what to avoid
- Careers information – job hunting / researching a sector /
using social media effectively
- Current awareness in your subject area
- Finding what you need in the Library – areas of the collection
and online resources
If you would like to request additional training on any of the
topics above, either for your class or as an individual, please do
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I reference?
Accurate referencing is an essential but potentially confusing
skill to learn. It is important that you acknowledge the source and
quotes you use in your work: to give credit to their creators and
to avoid the risk of plagiarism. All assignments submitted to the
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama should be referenced
according to the University of South Wales’s
Harvard referencing guide. The Library has compiled a
guide to referencing music sources based on the USW document.
It provides examples of the type of music sources you may need to
Remember to check the Library catalogue for
reliable sources for your assignments. We also stock guides to
referencing and avoiding plagiarism.
Contact us at email@example.com if you want
advice on how to cite your sources and compile your bibliography.
We can provide 1:1 support or group training sessions. Don’t
struggle on your own!
We find that people often miss some quick tricks for finding the
best information. Effective searching not only helps you with your
study but is also a key skill valued by employers. See these
slides on search tips for a good starting point and get in touch if you’d like more help.