Supporting undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers.
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Below are some examples of study skills and good academic practice that are supported by the Library:
You can find out more on our I Need Help With... page or by visiting the pages below to get information on the full range of support for these and other skills and how you can access drop-ins, bookable workshops and appointments.
Good Academic Practice
Dedicated teams in the library offer a range of learning and study support to help you build and improve your academic practice. You will be expected to apply good academic writing skills in your course of study and demonstrate this through completing module assignments, dissertations or research etc. This is important as your work will be assessed based on your understanding of the set work.
Good academic practice is that process that you are expected to demonstrate as you complete your academic work, this involves presenting your own work honestly, being able to express with clarity your own thoughts and ideas as you emphasise points and by applying the appropriate academic style e.g. using correct referencing and citation to demonstrate acknowledgement of using other resources. Understanding can be assessed in many ways and these are key components to good academic practice and are essential as they also ensure feedback on your work which will highlight your strengths and areas needing development. Importantly, these skills are essential to avoid academic offences and 'bad academic practice'.
Our Centres and services in the Library can assist and support in the development of good academic practice by developing these core and study skills which all help towards developing good academic practice e.g. in writing, reading, assignment development, searching resources effectively, maths and statistics, digital & IT skills; research support and subject specific support.
CLaSS offers you a range of provision aimed at enhancing your academic writing practice and professional skills.
Helping students develop as independent learners by strengthening their maths and statistics understanding. From basic to advanced maths queries; statistics and GCSE Maths.
Get support with developing your digital skills and using the technologies to support you with your studies e.g. Blackboard, Turnitin and DMU Replay etc. Also get access to student IT induction resources and find out about more about workshops available to you.
Get support with your research.
You can talk to a member of the Library Disability Team, in confidence, about your particular requirements. The team can arrange a personalised induction, help in using assistive and specialised software and equipment, and advise on effective use of library services.
If you are undertaking research for a project or dissertation, you will find that you will need to do a literature review, based on the findings of your literature search. This guide is mainly about the literature search process, but there are also some suggestions on how you might structure your literature review.