Online academic skills
Studying at university will require you to develop your academic skills in a number of areas. The resources below include video tutorials and written documents that will help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tutorials include:
- Research and evaluating evidence, referencing and academic integrity (avoiding plagiarism)
- Planning and managing assignments, critical thinking, posters and presentations
- Dissertations/extended projects, and much more....
Academic and Research skills
Are you working on an assignment for your course? Do you know the difference between an essay and a report, or between a case study and a proposal? Whether you are looking for advice on essay structure or presentation techniques, have a browse through our online resources to help guide you.
Law students guide for primary and secondary sources:
Save references, insert citations in a Word document and create a bibliography or reference list. RefWorks and EndNote Web are supported by the Library and there are also a number of other free tools that are available that you may come across.
is a web-based product, does not require you to obtain software, and can be accessed remotely.
Access new RefWorks to open an account or transfer an existing RefWorks account. To log in click on 'Log in with your institution's credentials' then on the arrow next to 'use login from my institution' to select University of Surrey from the drop down list.
If you already have a RefWorks account and would like to continue using this access legacy RefWorks. To log in click on the arrow next to My Institution's Credentials (Shibboleth) and select University of Surrey from the drop down list.
EndNote is installed on all Austin Pearce and Library computers. This includes EndNote Web - log in to Web of Science and follow the link to My EndNote Web.
How Do I Obtain Endnote?
The licences allow you to install the software on any computer or laptop owned by the University of Surrey. Check with your Faculty IT Manager before doing so. Contact the User Support Desk in the Library on Level 1. You will be asked to complete a form confirming that you will abide by the site licence agreement and only use the software on a computer or laptop owned by the University of Surrey.
To use the software on a computer or laptop not owned by the University of Surrey you need to purchase a personal licence. To purchase at a discounted rate, you must use your university email address at Bilaney Consultant
Referencing software help sheets
Training courses are held in the University Library. Below are useful help-sheets, tutorials and free webinars available for you to access:
- RefWorks help - tutorials, webinars and workbooks
- Using Write N Cite with RefWorks
- Tutorial for using Write N Cite new version (YouTube)
Types of assignment
Writing an essay is a multi-step process which will include: defining and making sense of the title, planning and identifying the scope of your main argument, refining your ideas and summarising your work into a coherent and will reasoned conclusion.
|Writing introductions||Paragraph structure|
|Writing main body (coming soon)||Time management and planning|
|Writing conclusions||Searching for Literature|
|Reading and Note Making - YouTube (UoL)||Note Making - Online (LH)|
|Proofreading Checklist - Online (UoSurrey)||Critical essay writing - Online (UoSussex)|
A report is a method of writing that provides information for a specific audience. The report is always structured; this structure is different with each discipline.
A Dissertation, Thesis or Extended Project will require higher level skills in planning and time management, as well as writing critically and succinctly. The following resources will assist your understanding of this type of assignment.
A literature review allows you to write and evaluate what others have said about your topic. Completing it informs the reader you have read widely, and that you have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of a particular field of research. The following resources will assist you with completing your literature review including the research, planning and writing. It is intended to cover all subject areas.
A project can be referred to as an individual or collaborative undertaking that is done to achieve a particular purpose or aim. To complete this type of assignment you will require excellent skills in planning, time management, research and critical thinking amongst others. Resources for these areas can be found in the academic skills section.
Giving a presentation requires many skills from completing the research, structuring your talk, considering your audience and being confident with the dissemination of information. The following resources are purposefully designed to assist you with different areas of this assignment.
Presentation Delivery - video (University of Surrey)
Creating a poster that visually communicates your research is an effective way to show others what you have completed. However, getting the balance right between visual and text is tricky.
Being reflective is vital for your learning. It will help you develop your ideas, your thinking, and your writing and is a good transferable skill that is used in employment.
A learning journal or reflective journal is a personal collection of your observations and your thoughts on experiences you've had, either in the classroom or in another learning setting such as a work placement. Recording these thoughts and experiences and how you felt about them can help you to reflect on what worked well and what could be improved, leading to new learning.
A Journal is a collection of written entries that document thoughts, ideas, reflections, and theories from a task or topic of research. At undergraduate level, a journal assignment allows students to document various experiences, and theories that can be evaluated to form an opinion. However, at postgraduate level, the final outcome of that journal is more succinct and can be published.
Academic Skills: printable quick guides
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