Researching your assignments can seem like a big task so we offer lots of support to help you get going and find the information you need.
From identifying appropriate material for your assignments to advising on how to conduct an effective literature search, our learning and research librarians can help. They can show you how to access different databases and online tools so that you can get ahead with your studies.
Before you start searching for information, ask yourself:
Your subject guide is a good place to check for suggestions of useful databases and websites but you can get help from a librarian too.
Depending on your subject and the information you need, you might want to access different resources. These could include:
Think about what you want to find out and choose alternative words to search – generally, a few key words work better than long sentences. For instance, if you don’t find what you’re looking for with the word ‘football’, you could try ‘soccer’.
You can also check out the Skills4Study Research Principles module and the Reading and Note-Taking module for more support.
The library staff really make the experience seamless. Each academic department has their own dedicated and incredibly knowledgeable librarian. I'd be lost without ours!Lily Hardy-ThompsonLaw Student
The hub has been developed by Learning Developers and Learning & Research Librarians with your needs in mind.
Each module will offer you the opportunity to develop your skills, assess your understanding and apply your new knowledge for continued development.
You’ll find lots of digital and print resources in the library. From e-books, online journals and video streaming platforms to research material, digital newspapers, print books and more.
Academic writing can seem quite different from other ways of communicating and developing your skills early on can make a big difference to your studies.