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Skills You Need - Helping You Develop Life Skills. Planning your assignments - Leeds University Library. Understanding the assignment Before you start researching or writing any assignment, take the time to understand and interpret your question, assignment brief and marking criteria.

Planning your assignments - Leeds University Library

Interpreting your assignment (activity)This tutorial will guide you through how to interpret your assignment tasks, from analysing different parts of the title and brief to what questions you need to consider before putting pen to paper. Understanding instructional verbs (PDF) A short glossary to help you interpret what is meant by common words such as analyse, discuss etc. that you will come across in your assignments. Interpreting-your-assignment. CASP Tools & Checklists. This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, these include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.

CASP Tools & Checklists

These are free to download and can be used by anyone under the Creative Commons License. CASP Checklists (click to download) Some Study Designs..... My Learning Essentials (The University of Manchester Library) Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Learning at university is, in many ways, a partnership.


Searching for Information. Search Engines. Online resources (The University of Manchester Library) Online resources Online resources assignments being critical exam extra my future organising planning presentations referencing research skills revising searching self-awareness study strategies wellbeing writing Clear all.

Online resources (The University of Manchester Library)

Academic Skills. Knowing where to look: your search toolkit. Girton College - eGuide: Searching the internet using search engines. Identifying the right search engine The major search engines Which type of engine you decide to use will depend on what you want to use it for.

Girton College - eGuide: Searching the internet using search engines

Here is a list of the most common English language search engines: Google -search for images, videos, maps, news stories, shopping, etc. Copes with spelling mistakes and translates non-English language pages. Find out more at How to use search engines effectively: Google and beyond. On this page: How to use search engines, including Google, effectively Anyone can type a couple of words into a search engine and get lots of results, but are they necessarily the best results?

How to use search engines effectively: Google and beyond

Literature Searching basics. Learn Hacks #6 How to cut down on information overload. Using Google. Ten Tips for Google Searching – Video. Google search tips. How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC] Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.)

How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC]

I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that's shrouded in too much mystery — I've just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in a list of results. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one.

A recent study at Illinois Wesleyan University found that fewer than 25% of students could perform a "reasonably well-executed search. " That search process also included determining when to rely on Google and when to utilize scholarly databases, but on a fundamental level, it appears that many people just don't understand how to best find the information they seek using Google. Thanks to the folks at HackCollege, a number of my "secrets" are out. Infographic via HackCollege. Advanced Search on Google. Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google. Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need.

Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google

Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web. Every click of the mouse, every search box, needs to work hard to make the best use of a researcher’s time. For each gem of a resource that a researcher discovers, there may be a dozen abandoned web pages, armies of half-read abstracts and false leads. Knowing how, and where, to search for resources is vital for saving time and getting quickly to the results that matter. One of the best ways to increase your hit-rate is by going beyond Google to a specific academic search engine or database. Here, we outline the top search engines and resources that work hard for researchers to help them get the figures, answers and arguments they need.

Scientific queries WolframAlpha What is it? Neil says: What is it? Copac. Analysing Information from the Web. Using Google Scholar. Guide to Accessing and Searching using Google Scholar. How to access journal articles using Google Scholar off campus. Active Reading. Targeted Reading and Use of Evidence - UniRdg_Library's library. Tutorial: Managing your Reading List. Reading Academic Texts - UniRdg_Library's library. Reading Journal Articles. How To Read a Scholarly Journal Article. Reading and Assessing scholarly journal articles. Reading Scientific Journals. How To Read an Academic Paper. Understanding Academic Writing. Academic Writing at University. Academic Phrasebank. Home - Wrasse. Writing Paragraphs.

Linking Ideas and Paragraphs. Structuring Paragraphs Screencast. Guides & tutorials. You may be great at writing, but need a little guidance on the best way to manage your reading.

Guides & tutorials

Or perhaps you love to give presentations but are not so sure about referencing. Or feel you'd be confident with all of your skills, if only you could find the time to get things done! Our Study Guides and Video Tutorials provide expert advice on developing all of the academic skills and practices you will need to succeed at university. The Study Guides are research-informed and peer-evaluated, covering all the key aspects of each topic. We also have guides aimed at particular student groups, including new undergraduates, postgraduates, mature and international students, and those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

Our Video Tutorials are brief (around 5 minute) screencasts which you can watch whenever you have a few minutes to spare. Overview essay writing latest - UniRdg_Library's library. Writing essays. Writing essays. For a printer-friendly PDF version of this guide, click here This Study Guide addresses the topic of essay writing.

Writing essays

The essay is used as a form of assessment in many academic disciplines, and is used in both coursework and exams. It is the most common focus for study consultations among students using Learning Development.