Support and study skills
As a student here, you'll be expected to find information to support your studies.
Developing good information skills will help you do well in your course, as you'll be marked on the appropriateness of the information you choose.
To find good quality information, you'll need to know:
- what to search for
- where to search
- which types of information to choose
- how to judge the quality of the information you find
- Watch the How to evaluate web resources slideshow
Read through these pages and watch our video for some top tips and guidance on key areas, including reading lists, essay questions and bibliographies.
Researching your assignment
You may also undertake your own research and the following tools will help:
- Download the Using Google for academic research guide (PDF)
- Watch the How to research your assignment video
- Explore the RefWorks tutorials and guides
Preparing your dissertation
For advice and guidance on preparing your dissertation, read the online resource: Dissertation research.
Using Library Search
Library Search is your key research tool to find what the library holds or subscribes to. Here are some key guides to searching:
- Download the Using Library Search guide (PDF)
- Download the Finding articles in e-journals and journals guide (PDF)
- Watch the Introducing Library Search - Find books, journals and more video
- Watch the Introducing Library Search - Finding articles and more video
- Watch the How to find books on the shelves video
- Nvivo data analysis software
- Watch the Importing sources video
- Watch the Case nodes and attributes video
- Watch the Example of auto-coding video
- Watch the Uncoding content video
SPSS online tutorial
An Open University OpenLearn Introductory online course on using SPSS is available freely to the public.