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Dissertation Toolkit 2018

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?!

Alongside our regular student support programmes, LIS and Wiser have teamed up to provide three weeks of bookable workshops and drop-ins dedicated to your final year projects and dissertations.

22nd - 26th January

Pop up Library - Dissertation special

Staff from the Faculty Librarian, Digital Skills and Wiser teams will be at various locations across the campus throughout the week. So, if you've got any quick questions about putting together your dissertation or just want to find out more about how we can help with your studies, come and visit us:

Mon 22nd - Harrington social space 11:30 -1:30
Tues 23rd - Foster Social space 11:30-1:30
Wed 24th - Harris Foyer (outside Harris Hub) 10:30-12:30
Thurs 25th - Livesey Foyer 11:30-1:30
Friday 26th – SU Foyer 11:30-1:30

29th January - 9th February

Drop in sessions

We'll be on hand every day in room 302 in the Library with tea, coffee, chocolates and practical advice on putting your dissertation together. Bring your dissertation and question(s) during any of the following times:

Mon-Fri 12 – 2pm

Bookable workshops

If you haven't got a specific question but want to brush up on the practical skills you'll need to complete your dissertation, book a place on one of our workshops. Each one targets a specific area and is designed to show you the smartest way to get the work done with minimum fuss.

LIS Workshops

Topic Course Title         Dates         Book
Excel Gather, analyse and present your data (Intermediate level)
The quickest and easiest way to create an online survey and analyse your results

29 Jan 2pm
30 Jan 9am
31 Jan 9am
5 Feb 2pm
7 Feb 11am
8 Feb 11am

Book a Place
Word Microsoft Word: Dissertation Workshop (Intermediate Level)
Find out how to format your dissertation the easy way - no need to type your contents page or table of figures...ever again...

30 Jan 11am
31 Jan 2pm
1 Feb 10am
5 Feb 10am
6 Feb 10am
7 Feb 3pm

Book a Place

The smart tool for referencing and bibliographies
Gather and store all your references in one place and then create your bibliography in a matter of clicks

*Please note that this session will be instructing on how to use Legacy Refworks. From July 2018 we will be using a different version, so if you are doing your dissertation in the 2018/19 academic year then you may want to wait until we have moved versions to learn how to use Refworks.*          

30 Jan 2pm
2 Feb 11am
5 Feb 11am
7 Feb 10am

Book a place

Literature searching Top tips for literature searching
Tips and techniques to help you find the best journal articles

31 Jan 2pm
2 Feb 1pm
7 Feb 2pm

Book a place

Literature searching Introducing Library Online
For complete beginners - come and find out what the Online Library offers you.

29 Jan 2pm
1 Feb 10am
6 Feb 12pm
7 Feb 3pm

Book a place

Dissertation Toolkit Session Feedback

Wiser workshops in Harris Building room 113.

Collecting Primary data: Monday 22nd January and Wednesday 24th January 1pm – 3pm
Writing academic essays: Monday 29th January and Wednesday 31st Jan 1pm – 3pm
Writing in an academic style Monday 5th Feb and Wednesday 7th Feb 1pm – 3pm
Writing up your dissertation: Monday 19th February and Wednesday 21st February 1pm - 3pm

Email to book your place.

Distance learning student? Contact the relevant team direct:

Don't forget...

Although we've highlighted these three weeks, Faculty Librarians, Digital Skills and Wiser teams offer study support throughout the year, so if you can't make the dates listed above check our regular pages:

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.

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.


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'.

Some self-help

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*:

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.

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