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Academic Skills from Wolfson Library

“I was very old-fashioned in searching for and assessing sources, and didn't like working online. Now I feel I have the tools to change my ways!"

Student studying from a book in Wolfson Libary

Wolfson College Library offers support to students and researchers to underpin your academic endeavour.

We offer skills guidance to student and researcher communities at all stages of undergraduate and graduate study. This information is personalised when we meet one-to-one or in group workshops, but you can also access general guidance online.

We can help you at the start of your journey to:

  • search catalogues, databases and the academic web for items on a reading list or to discover relevant resources in your research field
  • use software to store your references and add them seamlessly into your written work
  • comply with copyright and avoid plagiarism
  • develop strategies to manage your time
  • take effective notes
  • become a critical reader and writer

As your studies progress, we can provide more advanced support so that you can:

  • keep up to date with new research
  • conduct data and information management planning
  • develop an academic online presence
  • consider options about how and where to publish your research
  • assess the impact of scholarly publications and measure the impact of your work

Get in touch to arrange a meeting, book a workshop or have a look at our online resources:

Online support

The Wolfson College LibGuide is the place to find tips and tools on finding, managing and using information. Browse the guide or link straight to the information you need from the list below.

  • Finding information on a reading list – help interpreting references and searching on iDiscover
  • Doing a literature search – more advanced techniques for looking for material using keyword and citation searching
  • Managing references – resources for keeping track of all the you have read so that you can reference it when you come to write up
  • Copyright and plagiarism – details of your rights and restrictions on reusing the work of others
  • Critical evaluation – how to approach reading tasks and get the most from your material.
  • Keeping up to date – stay on top of research so that you don’t miss essential new publications
  • Publishing your research – learn about Open Access, the publishing process and other ways to promote your work
  • Developing a digital footprint – know what is already on the web about you and make sure it is up to date to reflect your current research.
  • Measuring the impact of your research – understand metrics and how you can use them to measure the impact of your publications and research activity as well as that of others.
  • Research data managementAll research produces data regardless of academic discipline through collection, observation or creation. Learn how to organise, store, and share it during the research process and beyond.
  • Time management - As an independent learner you will need to manage your time effectively to keep on top of things.
  • Finishing your thesis - Guidance on how to insert table of contents, list of figure, sections of page numbers, and text to include at the start of your thesis.
  • Speed Reading - tips to improve the rate at which you read, and also to reduce the amount that you have to read.

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