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Politics and International Relations: Skills for Success

Academic Skills Website

You will find support and advice on our Academic Skills website covering useful study skills such as:

  • Academic skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Academic integrity
  • Information management
  • Presentation skills
  • Exam tips
  • Research skills

Academic Skills Hub

Image shutterstock_234852934The Academic Skills Hub is located on Level 2 in the Hartley library, room 2045. The drop in service provides face to face support to help you develop any area of study skills where you feel you need help.

Drop in Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 16:00, for suport and advice about:

  • Academic skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Academic integrity
  • Information management
  • Presentation skills
  • Exam tips
  • Research skills

Training and Workshops

The library online training introduces you to search techniques that you can use to find books and journal articles. Advanced online training demonstrates how you can improve your searching skills and use more advanced library resources. Both give support on searching databases and information on how to evaluate the resources and data that you find.

There are a wide range of face to face training and workshops which will support you in your studies and help ensure that you make the most of your time at university. Take a look at the Training and Workshops to see which are most appropriate for you.

Citing and Referencing

Your department will recommend which citing and referencing style you should use.

Use the Citing and Referencing guide to find out how to reference resources and which referencing style you should be using. There is also support on the different types of reference management software available to help you choose the right tool for you.

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Assignment Planner

Just got an assignment? Not sure how to start?  This Assignment Planner is a step-by-step guide to help you plan, organise and find the resources you need to complete your assignment. 

Dissertation Planner

Shutterstock image 300116720 –dissertation planner Planning your dissertation? Not sure where to start? The Dissertation Planner is a step-by-step guide to help you write a dissertation from starting to think about your question through to final submission. 

Introduction to research methods

Starting out on your research project?  Use the Introduction to research methods course to discover the essential information and skills that you will need.

  • What it is to be a researcher and working with your supervisor.
  • Academic and ethical integrity in research
  • Planning your research
  • Doing a literature review
  • Managing your time
  • Managing your research data