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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 talk to us through a 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 talk to us on LibChat, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

The Critical Thinking Toolkit. Our online interactive toolkit covers all aspects of critical thinking needed at university and for the modern world more generally. It covers critically engaging with information, including evaluating how reliable it is, and critical reading and writing skills.

To use or not to use: Critically evaluating sources of information

Masterclass in … Critical Writing

Improving your Critical Writing

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.

Masterclass in … Critical Writing

Improving your Critical Writing

An introduction to writing at university

How to write when you don’t want to write

Improving your academic writing style

Introduction to writing in an academic style

Using evidence in your writing

Alternatively you can talk to us on LibChat, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Good time management - A guide about good time management and planning.

Alternatively you can talk to us on LibChat, 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 talk to us on LibChat, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

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

How to create an effective research poster

Alternatively you can talk to us on LibChat, 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 talk to us on LibChat, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Focus on Groupwork A PDF guide on groupwork.

Alternatively you can talk to us on LibChat, 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.

Introduction to proof-reading

Alternatively you can talk to us on LibChat, 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 talk to us on LibChat, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

You can find past exam papers on Examnet.

For guidance on how to log in to Examnet see here.

DMU Referencing guide covers the principles of referencing, good academic practice and sources of support available at DMU. It links to Cite them right online which includes guidance for each of the referencing styles used at DMU.

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

Referencing tutorial An interactive tutorial that teaches how to reference according to different referencing styles.

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.

Using Refworks to manage your research and references

How to cite and reference in the Harvard Style

Alternatively you can talk to us through a 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.

How to Undertake a Literature Search and Review: for dissertations and final year projects This guide is mainly about the literature search process, but there are also some suggestions on how you might structure your literature review.

Planning and structuring your literature review

Design and develop your research project proposal

Deciding the title and topic of your dissertation

Alternatively you can talk to us on LibChat, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS or your Librarian.

The Maths Learning Centre (MLC) can support you with Maths, Numeracy, SPSS and Statistics.

You can speak with a Maths Learning Centre (MLC) tutor about your maths or statistics queries and get individual help from a qualified lecturer via:

Alternatively, you can find useful support materials on the Maths Learning Centre LibGuide

Technology and student digital skills 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 more about MS365 Office Apps or make an appointment with a member of LLS Digital Partner:

Book a LLS Digital partner appointment

Digital Partner also deliver student digital skills workshops:

Attend a Digital Workshop

Blackboard, DMU Replay and Turnitin Guide This guide provides advice and information on all the Learning Technologies that you will use at DMU.

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.

Alternatively make an appointment with Digital Partners

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