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See the options below for help with study skills and learning support

Finding information interactive tutorials Our interactive tutorials will guide you through every step of finding academic information for assignments. We also have an interactive tutorial showing you how to check whether we have access to a specific journal here

PDF guide to finding information for assignments You can read a PDF guide that discusses the types of information you might need to use in an assignment and how to find them.

Searching for books and articles in Library Search An interactive tutorial and PDF guides explaining how to get the best results from Library Search.

E-books guide A guide to accessing and downloading our e-books

Finding articles and books we don't have in the library

If we don't have access to a book or journal article you need you may be able to request it via inter-library loan or access it via SCONUL Access

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with your Librarian.

Videos on reading strategies For help with reading strategies, you can watch these videos that discuss reading for a purpose and turning reading into writing.

Focus on Reading Strategies We also have a PDF guide on reading strategies

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Academic Writing guide The Academic Writing guide provides a collection of resources from CLaSS on all aspects of academic writing, including interpreting assignment titles, structuring an assignment and critical writing. It includes a mixture of PDFs, assignment templates and video

The HEAT Toolkit A comprehensive PDF guide on how to approach and write an assignment.

Focus on Writing A PDF on writing, focusing on grammar.

Focus on Essay Writing A PDF guide on how to write an essay.

Focus on Report Writing A PDF guide on report writing. You can also watch a video on report writing through the Academic Writing guide linked to above.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Good time management A PDF guide and some videos about good time management and planning.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Focus on Note Taking A PDF guide on taking notes.

Note taking video A CLaSS Bitesize video on note taking.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Focus on Verbal Presentations A PDF guide on delivering verbal presentations.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Focus on Listening A PDF guide on listening skills, which can help to improve your retention of information.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Focus on Groupwork A PDF guide on groupwork.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Proof Reading for Grammar Toolkit An interactive toolkit focusing on proof reading for grammar that you can use to help you develop your proof reading skills.

HEAT Toolkit guide to Proof Reading A PDF guide to proof reading.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Focus on Revision A PDF guide and some videos on how best to revise.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Referencing guide Our general guide to the principle of referencing . It includes a short video and links to our dedicated referencing guides for DMU Harvard, OSCOLA, and IEEE.

PDF guide on the principles of referencing A PDF guide (from the HEAT Toolkit) that focuses on finding information and referencing.

Referencing with DMU Harvard A video that outlines the basics of referencing with DMU Harvard.

Referencing tutorial An interactive tutorial that teaches how to reference with DMU Harvard.

RefWorks Guide RefWorks is cloud-based software that can help you keep track of your references and help you to create in-text citations and reference lists. Have a look at our online guide if you are interested in using it.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS or your Librarian.

Dissertation Toolkit Our interactive toolkit for help with every aspect of completing a Dissertation or Extended Project.

Alternatively you can come to an Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS or your Librarian.

You can find useful support materials on the Maths Learning Centre LibGuide

Alternatively you can come to our Drop-in sessions

GCSE Maths Support You can find useful information about GCSE Maths on our guide.

Alternatively you can come to an Maths Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of MLC.

Technology Support You can find useful information about technology support in our help page above - provided by Library Digital Partners. Get support on MS Office365 - this includes MS Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneDrive etc and also mind mapping tools to assist with your writing process and much more.

Find out about our technology support and how you can reach us, or make an appointment with a member of LLS Digital Partner.

Come along and see us!

Thursday Techie Tips drop-in at the Coaching Corner - Find out more

Every Monday - Kimberlin Library assignment drop-in hours 2-3pm, Library Development zone on the ground floor

Book an appointment - Book here

Attend a Digital Workshop - Find out more

500 Word Club - Find out more

 

Video introduction to IT at DMU

If you want help accessing IT resources at DMU, including Blackboard, this video will help.

Blackboard Help Guide

For help using Blackboard there is a help guide within Blackboard itself. Information on how to access it is on this guide

Video guides on Blackboard, Turnitin etc.

A selection of videos on all aspects of IT that you might use at DMU, including Blackboard, Turnitin, and student email. Although aimed at Distance Learners they are useful for all students.

Microsoft Imagine Academy

If you want to improve your knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel) we have access to Microsoft Imagine Academy, which provides online courses you can complete.

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

If you'd like to improve your digital skills more generally you can complete the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA).

Alternatively make an appointment with a member of the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT)

Assistive Technology Guide

This guide provides advice and information on all the assistive technology we have available in the library

Assistive Software Blog

You can also watch a series of videos on how to use various different pieces of assistive software on the Assistive Technology Blog

Alternatively you can come to an Assistive Technology Drop-in, or you can book a tutorial with the Assistive Technology Officer.