Embedding Academic Skills

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Embedding academic and study skills resources in your module can help students develop key skills at the right time. Embedding resources in your module area is easy, just follow two steps:

  1. Choose which resources you want to link to from the list below.
  2. Copy the URL of the resource and follow the instructions for adding links to your module area.

Flying Start

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Flying Start is aimed at incoming first year students, to help them learn to study effectively and independently at university. It features tips from students and staff on dealing with a first assignment, making the most of lectures, and staying focussed.

Library Quick Start

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Library Quick Start is aimed at new undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, and provides the essential information they need to start using the Library and its resources. The topics covered include finding material using Search@Library, accessing e-books, finding reading lists and support for developing academic skills.

Second Year Success

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Second Year Success is a new resource to help students with the transition in to second year, providing friendly advice and tips and featuring student videos.

Skills for Success

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Skills for Success is designed to help new Masters students develop further the academic skills needed for postgraduate study, and highlights the wide range of academic skills support that is available from the Library. The resource covers searching for information, being organised, academic writing and critical thinking.

The Final Chapter

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An online guide for undergraduate students working on their final year project or dissertation. Content covers: planning and preparing, doing literature reviews, critical thinking and academic writing. The guide also includes videos of staff and students talking about final year projects, as well as examples of dissertations.

Finding journal articles online

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An introduction to using journal articles: why use them, where to find them, how to search for them, and how to locate the full text of an article. The resource provides example searches using Google Scholar and the Web of Science database.

Evaluating information

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A resource which considers how to think critically about the information you find, looking at issues such as authority, objectivity, timeliness, evidence and relevance.


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An introductory resource which covers the what, why, when and how of referencing and includes information on in-text citations and bibliographies / reference lists.

See also: Harvard, Numeric and MHRA referencing styles.