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Durham University

Academic Skills Programme

Developing your information skills will help you to locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically.

Workshops: Summer workshops open for bookings

Library resources

The Library has information skills guides and online tutorials ( listed below) to help you use their resources effectively.

Research skills

Accessing resources

Using the Library videos
The videos cover:

  • Opening hours
  • What’s available?
  • Where do I find information?
  • Bookable study spaces
  • Reading lists
  • Who can I go to for help?
  • Academic liaison librarians
  • Accessing external resources

Referencing & plagiarism

Cite them right online resource

This site will help you to reference just about any source, and understand how to avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism and how to avoid it online course

Helps you to understand what plagiarism is and how to reference and acknowledge other people's work. It includes quizzes and exercises to help you assess whether you've understood the issues involved, as well as FAQs and links to useful resources.

Referencing Resources

Advanced Referencing Exercises 3 short exercises, complete with answers and tutor comments.
Checking Your Assignment's References Highlights the importance of referencing to the overall assignment quality.
References and Bibliographies Booklet A 71-page guide to referencing and bibliographies.
Referencing Exercises Short quiz, with four exercises to test your knowledge of referencing.
What's the Point of Referencing? A student essay about the importance of referencing.

Biibliographic or reference management software

Information about software including Endnote, Zotero and Mendeley. This is particularly useful for research projects where you are:

  • collecting, storing and managing references
  • attaching notes to references
  • formating citations and bibliographies