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See the options below for help with study skills and learning support

Finding Books & Journal Articles

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
Conducting a literature search
A PDF guide to conducting a literature search. It's aimed at students completing a dissertation or extended project but is applicable to any search for academic information.
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 come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with your Librarian.

Help with Reading Strategies

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 come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with 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
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Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with Time Management

Good time management
A PDF guide and some videos about good time management and planning

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with Note Taking

Focus on Note Taking
A PDF guide on taking notes
Note taking video
A CLaSS Bitesize video on note taking

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with Delivering Presentations

Focus on Verbal Presentations
A PDF guide on delivering verbal presentations

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with Listening Skills

Focus on Listening
A PDF guide on listening skills, which can help to improve your retention of information

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with Group Work

Focus on Groupwork
A PDF guide on groupwork

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with Proof Reading

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

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with Exams and Revision

Focus on Revision
A PDF guide and some videos on how best to revise

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS.

Help with Referencing and RefWorks

Referencing guide
Our general guide to the principle of referencing . It includes a short video and links to our dedicated referencing guides for DMU Harvard, OSCOLA, and IEEE.
PDF guide on the principles of referencing
A PDF guide (from the HEAT Toolkit) that focuses on finding information and referencing.
Referencing with DMU Harvard
A video that outlines the basics of referencing with DMU Harvard
Referencing tutorial
An interactive tutorial that teaches how to reference with DMU Harvard.
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

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS or your Librarian.

Dissertation / Extended Project

Dissertation Toolkit
Our interactive toolkit for help with every aspect of completing a Dissertation or Extended Project.
Conducting a literature search
A PDF guide to conducting a literature search for a dissertation or extended project

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of CLaSS or your Librarian.

Help with Maths and Statistics

Maths Learning Centre Guide
You can find useful information about basic maths, advanced maths, basic statistic, advanced statistics, mechanics, Excel, SPSS, Minitab, numerical employment tests, initial teacher training on our Maths and Statistics Guide
Where to find statistics for an assignment
Need help finding statistics for an assignment? See our statistics guide

Alternatively you can come to the Assignment Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of MLC or with your Librarian for helping finding statistics.

Help with GCSE Maths

GCSE Maths Support
You can find useful information about GCSE Maths on our guide.

Alternatively you can come to the Maths Drop-in, or make an appointment with a member of MLC.

Help with Blackboard, Turnitin, and IT

Video introduction to IT at DMU
If you want help accessing IT resources at DMU, including Blackboard, this video will help.
Blackboard Help Guide
For help using Blackboard there is a help guide within Blackboard itself. Information on how to access it is on this guide
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.
Microsoft Imagine Academy
If you want to improve your knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel) we have access to Microsoft Imagine Academy, which provides online courses you can complete.
Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award
If you'd like to improve your digital skills more generally you can complete the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA).

If you have further questions about Blackboard, Turnitin, or IT see the 'Further help' pages on this guide

Help with Assistive Technology and Software

Assistive Technology Guide
This guide provides advice and information on all the assistive technology we have available in the library
Assistive Software Blog
You can also watch a series of videos on how to use various different pieces of assistive software on the Assistive Technology Blog

Alternatively you can come to the Assistive Technology Drop-in, or you can book a tutorial with the Assistive Technology Officer.