Information skills

Information skills

Information skills can help you identify the kind of information you need, the best places to look for it and how to search for it effectively.

There is a vast amount of information available today and it can sometimes be difficult to know where to look to find suitable information for your studies. The tips on these pages will help you develop these skills both to support you while you're studying and also after University in the workplace


Books can provide a broad overview or a history of a subject and are a good starting point when exploring a new subject area.

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Journals, also known as periodicals or serials, have certain characteristics which are different from books.

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Journal articles

Use journal articles in your assignments to show that you are up to date with developments and debates in your subject.

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Media Resources

Media resources are a collection of materials in non-print format. They include videos, DVDs and CDs.

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Searching tips

Find out how to get the best results when looking for information using LibrarySearch, online databases or the internet.

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Understanding classmarks

Classification schemes are used to group items on a similar subject together and to arrange books on the shelves.

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Websites are a great way to find information as they are easily accessible and cover a huge range of resources from all over the world.

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Subject-specific advice

Your Learning and Research Librarian can provide you with expert subject-specific advice.

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Last edited: 24/02/2020 16:25:00