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Using Sources in your Work at University

Find out why we use sources to support our work at university and how to do it successfully.

Using Sources in your Work at University
  • Duration1 week
  • Weekly study7 hours

Improve your work by supporting your arguments with expert opinion

This online course from Coventry University introduces why and how we use other peoples’ work to improve our own writing.

You will develop effective reading and note-taking strategies to help you identify appropriate sources and use and cite the information you find in a range of academic tasks.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to different types of academic text
  • Using reading lists to find appropriate texts for your task
  • Expand your vocabulary range
  • Reading academic texts to find key information
  • Note-taking skills
  • The mechanics of referencing
  • Language for incorporating sources into your writing

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop appropriate reading strategies in order to successfully navigate a range of texts.
  • Produce effective notes from reading and use these to respond appropriately to academic tasks.
  • Identify relevant information from academic reading texts and use and cite it appropriately in a range of academic tasks.
  • Identify the meaning of academic vocabulary from context.

Who is the course for?

This course is for students on the Coventry University pre-sessional English award. It is relevant for students who will be continuing their studies online and on-campus.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course you’ll need to have access to a computer or laptop with a webcam, a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.

Live discussions and tutorials will take place through ‘Big Blue Button’, and parts of the assessments processes will require this as well.

Who will you learn with?

Helen has been working in Higher Education since 2012. She is eager to work with students from all backgrounds to develop a supportive, creative and well-informed community of learning.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry