Dissertations and Literature Reviews

Academic Learning Development can support you develop all aspects of dissertation and extended essay writing ranging from how to get organised and what to include in the methodology, all the way to how to set out the list of references.

The following resources also include techniques for recording, structuring and sequencing relevant sources of info for your lit review.

Resources Available

Skills4Study is an online resource available free to all students and includes a module on dissertations and reports with advice on suitable formats and research skills including diagnostic tests, self-assessment quizzes and videos with students’ tips. 

In addition, to help you with your studies we have created learning resources that you can make use of when preparing for your dissertations and literature reviews. The following resources are recommended if you are looking to improve how you approach writing a dissertation or extended essay:

The complete set of resources can be found on Blackboard, under the Student Support tab> Academic Learning Development> Resources> Dissertations or Literature Reviews.


There are several workshops taking place through the academic year that can support you in improving dissertation and literature reviews writing skills across our campuses. Please make sure you email learner@canterbury.ac.uk to book your place. 

Library Search Success

  • STUDY BETTER 2: Wed 11 Oct 2017, 12.30 – 2.00pm, AH3.22

Effective Reading & Note-taking

  • STUDY BETTER 3: Wed 18 Oct 2017, 12.30 – 2.00pm, AH1.21

Discussion Argument & Critical Analysis

  • WRITE BETTER 3: Wed 15 Nov 2017, 12.30 – 2.00pm, AH1.21
  • WRITE BETTER 14: Tue 27 Mar 2018, 12:30 - 2.00pm, AH3.31
  • WRITE BETTER 15: Thu 26 Apr 2018, 12.30 - 2.00pm, AH1.21

Getting to grip with your dissertation/extended essay

  • WRITE BETTER 8: Fri 9 Feb 2018, 12.30 - 2.00pm, RH1.14

Your Literature Review

  • WRITE BETTER 7: Tue 30 Jan 2018, 12.30 - 2.00pm, RH1.13

Academic Writing Style 

  • WRITE BETTER 4: Mon 20 Nov 2017, 12.30 – 2.00pm, AH2.23

Discussion Argument & Critical Analysis

  • Tues 21 Nov 2017, 12:30 - 2.00pm, KICF06
  • Mon 26 Mar 2018, 12.30 - 2.00pm, KICF08

Getting to grip with your dissertation/extended essay

  • Wed 7 Feb 2018, 12.30 - 2.00pm, KICF09

Getting to grip with your dissertation/extended essay

  • WRITE BETTER 2: Tue 31 Oct 2017, 12.30 – 2.00pm,  CCg09

Discussion, Argument & Critical Analysis

  • WRITE BETTER 4: Wed 6 Dec 2017, 12.30 – 2.00pm, CCf01

You can download the full workshop schedule or visit the Student Events Calendar for more details.

Additional workshop topics can be offered on request. Please email learner@canterbury.ac.uk if you have a specific request for an additional workshop.


If you would like to book a one-to-one tutorial you can contact us by emailing learner@canterbury.ac.uk or calling 01227 928641.


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Last edited: 08/03/2018 14:55:00