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Study support

Develop your skills at University Library and Collections

Our suite of tutorials, videos, webinars and guides will help you to get the most out of our resources and develop the skills you need to research your assignments and dissertation effectively.

Getting started 

This section will help you to: 

  • understand how to do basic searches on our library catalogue, Discover 
  • use eBooks  
  • access your online reading list. 

Finding information 

Helping you with: 

  • literature searching 
  • accessing bibliographic databases 
  • going beyond your reading list 
  • using archives, museums and special collections.  

Managing information 

Looking at topics such as: 

  • referencing 
  • plagiarism and copyright. 

Dissertation support 

A suite of six tutorials designed specifically for taught students about to undertake their first large, independent research project. It takes you through the skills you need to find and manage resources appropriately.  

Study Skills guide

Our Study Skills guide offers guidance and tips for effective studying including preparation and organisation and where to get help and support.

Library and Collections Blog

Our blog aims to highlight the various aspects of wide-ranging work and activities undertaken by Library and Collections staff. It also looks to highlight the range and depth of professional expertise we have across the service, and to provoke and encourage dialogue about what we do, and libraries, archives and academia more generally. 

Academic Skills Centre

The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) is a place for Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Durham University students to access support and guidance on improving and developing their academic skills and their academic English language.

The offer a range of services to students, from taught sessions targeting essential concepts, to opportunities to talk individually with one of the ASC team, to curated online resource lists. Visit their SharePoint site for more information.

Cathedral View from Bill Bryson Library

Here's a 1-hour long, uninterrupted video of the lovely Cathedral view from Bill Bryson Library. Why not press play, enter full screen mode and take in the views while you're studying?
(Please note, this video has no sound.)

Helping to prepare with your studies and future employment 

The M365 My Digital Skills site for students is now available! M365 tools are there to help you improve your digital skills using Microsoft 365 in your studies, having fun, and supporting you for future employability.

Using the familiar applications, you can build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with societies and clubs by creating your own Microsoft Teams sites and much more. To find out more, visit the Sharepoint site.