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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

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Library Training Courses

Our library training and workshops pages give you access to many sessions such as finding information for your assignments, citing & referencing and plagiarism, evaluating web resources, open access, research data management, systematic reviews. Some are recorded so you can watch when convenient. 

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. Eg: Endnote or Mendeley

This activity will give you an introduction to referencing

Getting Started

Our Getting Started online course will give you an understanding of the transition between your school or college and studying at the University of Southampton and using our Library Services. The information you have found and used up to now, along with the skills you developed at school or college may be different from those you need during a degree course at university. This online course is designed to help you understand and prepare for the transition in the context of Information Literacy.

There are 6 sections each taking between 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Sections include:

  • Your Library
  • Literature
  • Using the Web
  • Plagiarism & Referencing

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. There is also a University of Southampton guide to producing your dissertation in Word.

Introduction to research methods

Research Method website.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