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Dissertation Toolkit 2019

Alongside our regular student support programmes the Faculty Librarian team and WISER have teamed up to provide dedicated dissertation support and guidance over two weeks.

4th - 8th February

Pop up Library - Dissertation special

Staff from the Faculty Librarian and WISER teams will be at various locations across the campus throughout the week. So, if you've got any questions about finding the best sources for your dissertation, how to structure your work, referencing or just want to find out more about how we can help with your studies, come and visit us between 11am and 1pm at:

  • Monday 4th  Harrington Social Space
  • Tuesday 5th  Foster Social Space
  • Wednesday 6th Harris Building Foyer (near the Hub)
  • Thursday 7th The Atrium
  • Friday 8th Library Ground Floor

11th - 15th February

Drop in sessions

We'll be on hand every day in the Drop-in Zone in the Library (just behind reception) with practical advice on finding the best resources for your work and then critiquing and using them to build stronger arguments in your writing. You can also come to clarify the content and purpose of different chapters within your dissertation if you are unsure what each should present. Bring your dissertation questions all week and someone from the Faculty Librarian and WISER team will be there to help every day from 11am – 1pm!

Wiser workshops in Harris Building room 113

  • Collecting primary data: Mon 21st January or Wed 23rd January 1–3pm
  • Writing academic essays: Mon 28th Jan or Wednesday 30th Jan 1–3pm
  • Writing up your dissertation: Mon 25th February or Wed 27th February 1–3pm
  • Writing in an academic style: Mon 11th March or Wed 13th March 1–3pm
  • Writing a literature review: Mon 18th March or Wed 20th March 1–3pm
The list above details our specific dissertation workshops only, but if you’d like a last-minute brush-up on any of your referencing, critiquing or writing skills, you may be interested in attending other workshops.

Email to book your place.

WISER's Online Materials

Remember, if you are working in the evening or at weekends when face-to-face support is not available, you still have access to lots of useful online materials on WISER’s Blackboard page. Once you have followed instructions to add yourself to the page, you will find a dedicated ‘Dissertations’ tab on the left-hand side. For postgraduate students, resources are also available in the ‘Postgraduate Study Skills’ tab.

Don't forget...

We’re here to help throughout the year, so if you would like further details of sessions we run or want to book a 1:1 please contact the relevant team directly:

Faculty Librarians

Throughout your degree you will need to know how to effectively search for information. 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 with this you can make an appointment via Starfish for a 1:1 or small group session with one of our Library trainers. In the meantime, why not check out these helpful video guides.

Literature searching part 1

Literature searching part 2


WISER supports foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students in all subject areas. We can help you learn how to study more effectively, improve your academic writing style and develop the spoken and written communication skills that are not only necessary for academic success, but are also invaluable for future employment.
Come and see us in Harris Building 113 or email for more information about our tutorial opening times, workshops and assignment support.

Digital Skills

Digital 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.

Some self-help via

You can of course help yourself with - a great way of learning new skills and refreshing old ones. 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: