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Library guide to support student dissertations

welcome to the dissertations guide

virtual library commons

We are providing a bookable virtual library environment throughout your dissertation period, with librarians on hand to support you while you study.  Visit the Virtual Library Commons by booking on to our Come Together, Write Now sessions.

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If you require a physical book for your research project or dissertation, you can request a book for collection from Western Bank Library or the Information Commons using StarPlus. For more information, visit the Book2You web page.

digital skills for dissertations

The Library is running a series of Research Skills for Dissertations Masterclasses throughout June and July.
Please book your place using the links in the calendar on the left. 

We have also curated a selection of research skills and critical thinking tutorials to support you in your dissertation.

literature review aims to give an overview of the current scholarly understanding of a particular topic, including any competing theories or perspectives. 

discovering tutorials

Discovering is the literacy which enables learners to develop search strategies and utilise a broad range of generic and discipline specific resource discovery tools. Information discovery might be guided, inquiry based, or serendipitous.

referencing guides

Referencing is the literacy which enables learners to acknowledge the work of others, building on their own analysis of existing knowledge. It also enables learners to attribute sources by creating citations and generating accurate bibliographies.

Developing an effective system for keeping track of your references is an essential element of research: Reference management.

questioning tutorials

Learn how to think critically about your information sources, and evaluate information that you find to ensure that it is reliable, accurate, of good quality, and relevant to your assignment.

academic writing

Understanding more about academic writing, and the conventions of your discipline, can help you develop confidence and make improvements to your written work. Our colleagues in 301 have produced this useful resource to support your dissertation writing skills.


Discovering Images

Creating and Using Images

Understanding and Questioning Images

Attributing Images

Learn how to communicate with infographics: a visual medium perfect for communicating complex information and data simply.