Your dissertation – you can do it!!

There are several steps to producing a great dissertation, from finding information and organising your research, to developing your academic writing skills. It can sometimes seem a bit daunting when you’re just starting out on your dissertation, especially if you’re learning at a distance. Worry not! Library staff are here to help you.

Skills for Learning are running a themed dissertation week this week. There is loads of guidance on their website. If the subject you’re studying means you need to produce a dissertation based on a product, there is help available, whilst their Dissertation IT Kit provides a really useful guide on how to produce a great looking document that avoids any potential formatting errors.

The Library website includes information about finding past dissertations in the Library or obtaining Interlibrary Loans if you need to read something as part of your literature review that isn’t available in the Library.

Or you could use the Beckett Books Extra scheme to request a book that you think should be in stock – just click Recommend on the web page.

Searching Discover gives you access to thousands of resources for whatever topic you pick, or you can use the Subject Guides to point you in the right direction. These are created by your Academic Librarian who has expert knowledge of all the journals, databases and other material available to you. You can contact your Academic Librarian for one-to-one support in finding resources for your dissertation or project. And, of course, you can always contact the Library 24/7 and we’ll do our best to help.

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7. We’d love to hear from you!

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

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Need help on your dissertation journey?

Skills for Learning has lots of guidance on their website and they can also help if the subject you’re studying means you need to produce a dissertation based on a product. 

Their Dissertation IT Kit provides a really good guide on how to produce a professional looking document and avoid the potential formatting errors.

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The Library website includes information about finding past dissertations in the Library or obtaining Interlibrary Loans if you need to read something as part of your literature review that isn’t available in the Library.  Or use our Beckett Books Extra scheme to request a book that you think should be in stock – just click Recommend on the web page.
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Searching Discover gives you access to thousands of resources for whatever topic you pick or you can use the Subject Guides to point you in the right direction. These are created by your Academic Librarian who has expert knowledge of all the journals, databases and other material available to you.

Your Academic Librarian can provide support on finding resources for your dissertation or project – see their contact information on your subject guide. And, of course, you can always contact the Library 24/7 and we’ll do our best to help.

If you have any queries, please do contact Offsite or the Library for additional support 24/7.

We’d love to hear from you!

 

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

Top tips for tackling your assignments

The thought of tackling your assignments doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our top tips aim to help you more effectively manage your research project(s) and produce your best, most focused research yet.

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  1. Manage your research

Why not save your Discover searches for future use?

  1. Manage your references

It’s easier if you make a note of references as you go along. Word has a great reference manager for beginners, alternatively you might like to use EndNote Basic available from the Databases A-Z), or Zotero.

  1. Be aware of subject specific research resources

Explore your subject guides – your Academic Librarians have highlighted a range of resources, specific to your course subject.

  1. Consider further research options

Postgraduates and students in their final year of study as an undergraduate can get access to other University libraries using SCONUL, or apply for Interlibrary Loans.

  1. Consider using analysis software

Using software can help you get the best out of the data you’ve collected. For statistical analysis, you can use SPSS. For qualitative data you might consider using NVivo. Download both through MyBeckett.

  1. Get help on writing

Skills for Learning http://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ have some fantastic written, video and podcast guides for critical thinking, literature reviews and Word formatting. Also see their Dissertation section.

  1. Save your work in multiple places!

Saving your work in multiple places is important – read our Save It recommendations

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We hope these tips are helpful, and we wish you the very best of luck!

If you have any further queries, contact us.

Did you know you can keep track of our news on Social Media? Visit us at the:

Distance Learners can join the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community on Google+ to ask questions and find information and guidance from peers and the Distance Learning Unit.

Putting pen to paper: help with academic skills

With deadlines looming, thinking about tackling your academic work, either for the first time or after a period away from academic study, can be quite daunting. Please don’t worry! The Library’s Skills for Learning team provide a range of support so that you can brush up on your academic skills and become confident handing in assignments 🙂

Have you seen their range of skills guides, available to read online or print off, on the Skills for Learning webpages? They include, for example, the Little Book of Essay Writing, and Quote Unquote to help with your referencing.

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As Offsite students, you can view recordings of workshop sessions also available on the Skills for Learning webpages. See the Critical Thinking recording to help understand why it is important to build structured analysis in your work.

You can also search for a specific topic, such as “presentations”, in the A-Z.

Don’t forget the Skills for Learning podcast series that may help you with analysing quantitative data for example!

If you are having difficulty accessing resources, finding information or you have a query about a reference, we would be more than happy to help you further. Please do contact us via chat (see our webpages), email (offsite@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) or telephone (0113 812 6778).

Did you know you can keep track of our news via the Offsite Facebook page and Twitter?

Good luck everyone!

Skills for Learning – summer support

Although we are now a few weeks into the summer vacation there’s still lots of help available from the Skills for Learning team.

They have recorded some of the workshops from last year so you can revisit key topics, or visit them for the first time, including critical thinking, literature reviews, presentation skills and reflective writing. Or why not listen on the go to one of the podcasts to develop your academic communication or research skills?

The Skills for Learning website has hundreds of pages of resources on topics as diverse as problem solving, fractions, sampling, and workplace learning. Plus the Little Books series which you can download from the Library with titles including the Little Book of Time Management and the indispensable Quote Unquote guide to Harvard referencing.

If you have any questions or need any support over the summer please contact the Offsite team, we are here to help you.

And don’t forget you can come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

Need help with Academic Skills?

Check out the latest Podcast from the Skills for Learning webpages.

The Skills for Learning Podcast explores a variety of academic skills topics such as essay writing, plagiarism and statistics.

The current episode, Analysing Research Data – Part 1, will help you understand the different types of quantitative data.

Previous episodes include Literature Reviews, Reflection and Critical Thinking.

Off-campus access: If you are accessing the site off-campus, you will be asked to log in using your user id and password from your student card. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills.

Check out their website as it features a variety of resources on the use of IT, numeracy, academic literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, working with others and research skills.

To find out ‘Whats new’ or to explore  ‘Popular resources’ take a look at the Skills for Learning ‘Updates’.

Please contact the Offsite team if you have questions, we are here to help you.

Skills for Learning help

We understand that many distance learners are also working alongside their studies and finding time to study can sometimes be a challenge.

Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills.

Check out their website as it features a variety of resources on the use of IT, numeracy, academic literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, working with others and research skills.

Off-campus access: If you are accessing the site off-campus, you will be asked to log in using your user id and password from your student card. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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The Skills for Learning team have created a series of podcast that explore a variety of topics including essay writing, plagiarism and statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover Skills for Learning publications available online or to download as a PDF.

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If you are unsure where to start, take a Quick Tourintro-tour-blog-pic to familiarise yourself with the website.  

 

 

 

 

 

Why not join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.

Please contact the Offsite team if you need any help and information. We look forward to hearing from you.