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Academic Skills Video Collection: Researching

Videos for study skills


The videos in this section offer various tips and support for how to go about researching your work. It includes tips on how to plan your essay, how to understand your essay question, and tips on how to read for research and searching skills to support your work. 

Effective Reading for your Assignments

This workshop on effective reading for your assignments will provide you with strategies and top tips to help you read more efficiently and effectively for your assignments. It will help you to locate relevant texts and the relevant parts of texts in order to save you time and help you to focus your reading. 

6 Steps to Better Reading

In this video we look at six ways to help improve your academic reading.

Critical Reading

We are often told that we need to read more critically... but what does this really mean? I this video we look at some key questions you can ask while reading that will help you be more critical.

Three Tips For Using Google Scholar

Google scholar is a great search tool that filters to academic resources when it searches. 

Watch this video for some great tips on using it, including changing the settings to include entries from the University of Westminster's library catalogue. 

Introducing Library Search: how to find a book

This video shows you how to find a book, an e-book, a journal and an e-resource via Library Search

Introducing Library Search: how to find journal articles

This video shows you how to find articles from journals and magazines using Library Search and how to search for articles on a topic.

Finding Books on the Shelf

This quick video will show you how you can search for a book and then find it on the shelves using the Dewey Decimal System.

Search for books on Library Search

Finding online resources using Library Search

Researching for your Dissertation

This presentation explores effective strategies for locating, evaluating, and organising sources to enable you to produce a comprehensive and well researched dissertation. It also covers where you can find further help, as and when you need it.

Link to video on Researching for Your Dissertation

More Library Resources

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