Dissertation Toolkit

Need some help with your literature review?  Got some primary data in Excel and not sure how to best present it?  Maybe you're not entirely sure how your dissertation needs to be structured...and how do you get all those pages without numbering at the beginning?!

Although it's the end of our two weeks dedicated to dissertations, you can still get all the support you need from the Wiser, IT Skills and the Faculty Librarian teams with our range of workshops, online training and appointment services.

Faculty Librarians

You'll need to develop your Information Skills throughout your studies. Knowing how to find the best resources (e.g. books and journal articles) will help you understand your subject and get the best possible grades.  If you need a bit of expert help to find the resources you need for an assignment you can make an appointment for a short session with one of our Library trainers to get all the best hints and tips.

IT Skills

IT Skills training is all about helping you to make the most of technologies that support your studies and help you to stand out from the crowd in a competitive marketplace.

Whether you’re feeling like an IT novice or an IT pro, we want to help you get the best grades you can, prepare you for the workplace and…save you time!

Book your place on any of our classroom sessions or check our online guides to learn in your own time.


Wiser help students in all subject areas, undergraduate or postgraduate. Learn how to study more effectively, improve your academic writing style and develop the spoken and written communication skills that are necessary for academic success and will be invaluable in future employment.

Check all our workshop dates for the current semester.

You can also use all our self-help resources in our Blackboard organisation.  It's packed with explanations, slideshows, worksheets and useful links, with tailor-made sections for dissertations as well as Foundation and Postgraduate study.

You can self-enrol from the Organisations Catalogue on your home page.  In the Academic Support folder you will see WISER. Click on the grey button at the end (not the link itself) and click 'enrol'.



Distance learning student?

Some self - help

You can of course help yourself with Lynda.com - a great way of learning new skills and refreshing old ones.  lynda.com is a huge resource of online training, covering many areas including IT, business, media and creative skills. As a student you've got completely free, unlimited access, and you get a Certificate of Completion for each course you finish (great way to impress employers with your vast range of skills!).  Search, browse or take a look at our specially created dissertation playlists*:

Dissertation writing and research skills - creating a search strategy, exploring and evaluating types of resources and brush up on your grammar!

Word working with long documents - find out how to use styles to quickly format text, create an automatic contents list and list of figures and sort out your page numbering.

Analyse and present your data in Excel - if you've got lots of data and need to do relatively simple analysis, pivot tables are the quick and easy way.  Explore how to make simple charts for maximum impact.

Excel Statistical functions - take your Excel statistical skills to the next level.

SPSS Statistics essential training - get to grips with SPSS including calculating descriptive and inferential statistics such as means, standard deviations, t-tests and chi-squares.

R Statistics essential training - learn how to shows how to use R to model statistical relationships using graphs, calculations, tests, and other analysis tools.

 * You'll need to sign in with your UCLan details to view all lynda.com content.  Select Sign in, then 'Sign in with your organization'. Enter www.uclan.ac.uk to reach the UCLan log-in screen.