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New Guide layout: Develop your skills

Library skills

Take a look at our Library skills page which will direct you to all the help and support information available from Library Services.

This is the place to find out about the Library skills sessions available to all students at USW: 

  1. Library skills: getting started - a session aimed at students new to USW.
  2. Library skills: the next step - a session aimed at preparing students for undertaking a substantial piece of individual research, such as a dissertation. 

Or try our Library skills guide which will get you started, with the basics like finding a book, an article or journal. 
 

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If you require individual support, you can book an appointment with your Faculty Librarian or you can use our 24/7 chat service for a quick response to your question.

'How to...' video guides

Study skills books

Cite Them Right : The Essential Referencing Guide. 11th ed

The the leading guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, covering everything from understanding plagiarism and identifying sources to setting out quotations and creating a reference list. Comprehensive and accessible, it provides readers with detailed examples of print and electronic sources, business, government, technical and legal publications, works of art, images and much more. Packed with practical tips and example sources in both citations and reference lists, it makes referencing manageable and easy to follow for everyone.

Critical thinking skills developing effective analysis and argument. 2nd ed.

This is an essential resource for students looking to refine their thinking, reading and writing skills. With clear explanations, relevant examples and plenty of exercises throughout, this book helps students to develop their analytical reasoning skills and apply them to a range of tasks including reading, note-making and writing. This text will turn even the most hesitant student into a proficient critical thinker.

Dissertations and project reports a step by step guide

The book breaks the process into manageable chunks and covers everything from preparation and planning through to conducting research and writing up the finished article. Packed with dozens of hands-on activities and quotes from real students, this book demystifies dissertations and project reports and helps ensure that the process is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. This is an invaluable resource for students of all levels embarking on a dissertation, project report or other piece of extended writing. Its interdisciplinary approach means it is the ideal companion for students of all disciplines.

Doing your research project. 7th ed.

This practical, no-nonsense guide is vital reading for all those embarking on undergraduate or postgraduate study in any discipline, and for professionals in such fields as social science, education and health.

How to write your literature review

This engaging guide by bestselling author Bryan Greetham takes students step-by-step through the process of writing a literature review, and equips them with practical strategies to help them navigate each stage. Each bite-sized chapter focuses on a specific aspect of the process, from generating ideas and pinning down the research problem through to searching for sources, citing references and planning, writing and editing the review. Chapters feature examples and exercises to help students apply ideas to their own work. Whether your students are writing a stand-alone review or one that is part of a dissertation or thesis, this guide is their essential companion.

How to write your undergraduate dissertation. 3rd ed.

This practical guide takes undergraduate students step-by-step through the process of completing a dissertation, from the initial stages of generating original ideas and planning the project through to writing their first draft and critically reviewing their own work. It shows students how to choose the most appropriate methods for collecting and analysing their data and how to then integrate this research into their dissertation. Students will learn how to develop consistent and persuasive arguments and write up their research in a clear and concise style. This book is an essential resource for undergraduates of all disciplines who are required to write a dissertation as part of their degree.

The Study Skills Handbook. 5th ed.

This is the ultimate guide to study skills, written by million copy bestselling author Stella Cottrell. Her tried and tested approach, based on over twenty years' experience of working with students, has helped over a million students to achieve their potential.  When it comes to studying, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This engaging and accessible guide shows students how to tailor their learning to their individual needs in order to boost their grades, build their confidence and increase their employability. Fully revised for the fifth edition, it contains everything students need to succeed. This is an invaluable resource for undergraduate students of all disciplines, and is also ideal for postgraduates, mature students and international students. It prepares students for what to expect before, during and after their studies at university.

Referencing guides

All the USW guides can be found on the Referencing guides page:

  • USW Harvard Referencing - the style recommended for the majority of courses at USW.

The exceptions are:

  • USW APA referencing - referencing style required for Psychology students.
  • USW MHRA referencing - referencing style required for History students.
  • USW Numeric referencing - referencing style required for Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science and Forensic Science students.
  • USW OSCOLA referencing - referencing style required for Law students.  
Further help.

If you would like a more comprehensive guide to referencing, the eBook below will help with all the styles listed above.
You can also make an appointment with a study skills tutor.