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What academic integrity means for students

In the previous Step you learned about academic integrity, and in particular the importance of ensuring that it’s clear in your writing which ideas are your own, and which come …

Writing at university

On your course, you’ll be expected to produce written responses to different assignments. These assignments will vary considerably depending on the discipline in which you’re studying. Students of science subjects …

Appetite for more

Here are some more apps for you to explore. This week’s online and mobile resources are related to reading, research and referencing, and to taking care of yourself. Try out …

Where to go for support

Studying in a new place is an exciting and fulfilling adventure. However, there are times when students who are far away from their usual support network face challenges that are …

Note-taking when reading

In Step 1.15, you read an article about note-taking and lectures. It was pointed out that taking notes is very personal, and so it’s important to choose the style which …

Using an online library catalogue

Most university libraries in the UK have an online catalogue, which can be used to search for books, journal articles or other resources. You can find where they’re located and …

Finding and using sources

You’re likely to spend a large amount of your time searching for and collecting texts to read further, particularly if you’re a postgraduate student. In this video, Lina and Hayder …

More than just a library

In this video, university librarian, Charlie Carpenter, talks about the library environment, the resources that are available, and the support libraries provide in helping you to develop digital literacy in …

University libraries

University libraries give you access to learning resources (books, journals, databases etc.) and they also provide an environment in which you can study. However, in the UK university libraries provide …

Applying your reading skills

In the previous Step, you were asked to survey this journal article and decide if it would be useful for the assignment question below. “What strategies should governments adopt to …

How to approach academic reading

Unlike reading for pleasure, you need to be proactive and evaluative in your approach to academic reading. Simply understanding what you read isn’t enough. This means you need to read …

Reading lists

On most courses your tutors will provide you with reading lists, which might be in printed or electronic formats. For example within the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), in a …

Types of academic reading

You’re expected to read widely, and to a large extent independently, on university courses. You’ll be faced with extensive reading lists, and will have to make decisions about which material …

The importance of reading

Reading is a key part of your studies, because it’s one of the main ways you access knowledge in your field. In this video Dr Dan Jones, talks about the …

Working and socialising with people

In the previous Step, you heard some students speak about communication with people from other cultures. They made some interesting points, including the key message about the benefits of making …