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Develop your learning skills

The University Library can help you develop a variety of learning skills, including academic writing, academic reading, searching and referencing. If you develop these skills, you'll find it easier to be more successful in your degree and beyond. You can find out about all the types of support we offer below.

NORA

Use NORA to search for articles within academic databases and electronic journals



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Library Catalogue

Use the Library Catalogue to find books and journals in our collections



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Skills Plus

Skills Plus is a collection of interactive training and guides to help develop your skills


Research Link

An open access repository of Northumbria University’s research output


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NORA

Use NORA to search for articles within academic databases and electronic journals



Advanced Search

Library Catalogue

Use the Library Catalogue to find books and journals in our collections



Advanced Search

Skills Plus

Skills Plus is a collection of interactive training and guides to help develop your skills


Research Link

An open access repository of Northumbria University’s research output


Advanced search
Skills for Students
Online skills support: Online anytime with Skills Plus

Skills Plus is the Library’s collection of online learning materials with a focus on digital literacy and study skills that can be accessed on and off-campus (a University log in is not required). These resources enable you to develop your skills through a range of online tutorials, quizzes, video demonstrations and printable help guides. Our most popular topics are:

Face to face skills support with Northumbria Skills Programme

The Northumbria Skills Programme supports you to make the most of your time at university, and help you acquire the skills you need to learn to become an independent and effective scholar.

Classroom style sessions are held at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries throughout the academic year. You can book onto a range of study skills sessions on topics including getting started with information skills, advanced information skills, critical reading, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, report writing and group work.

Drop in sessions are held at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries throughout the year, there is no need to book – just drop in and see our librarians, who can offer help and support with a specific question or on study skills in general, including referencing, academic writing, and literature searching. Sessions are held at:

  • City Campus Library: Mondays 11am-1pm, Pod 4
  • Coach Lane Library: Tuesdays 11am-1pm, Study Room 2

You can also book a Librarian to discuss any study skills queries you may have, if the drop in sessions are inconvenient.

Skills for Researchers
Online skills support: Online anytime with Skills Plus

Skills Plus is the Library’s collection of online learning materials with a focus on digital literacy and study skills that can be accessed on and off-campus (a University log in is not required). These resources enable you to develop your skills through a range of online tutorials, quizzes, video demonstrations and printable help guides. Our most popular topics are:

Face to face skills support with Northumbria Skills Programme

The Northumbria Skills Programme supports you to make the most of your time at university, and help you acquire the skills you need to learn to become an independent and effective scholar.

Classroom style sessions are held at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries throughout the academic year. You can book onto a range of study skills sessions on topics including getting started with information skills, advanced information skills, critical reading, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, report writing and group work.

Drop in sessions are held at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries throughout the year, there is no need to book – just drop in and see our librarians, who can offer help and support with a specific question or on study skills in general, including referencing, academic writing, and literature searching. Sessions are held at:

  • City Campus Library: Mondays 11am-1pm, Pod 4
  • Coach Lane Library: Tuesdays 11am-1pm, Study Room 2

You can also book a Librarian to discuss any study skills queries you may have, if the drop in sessions are inconvenient.

Research skills support

The Northumbria Skills Programme includes tailored support for early career to post-doctoral researchers to help you develop the knowledge, core competencies and transferable skills identified in Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF) as the key elements to becoming a successful researcher. You can book online for the Researcher Development Programme workshops and briefings on a wide range of subjects including literature searching, EndNote, keeping up-to-date, copyright and mind mapping.

Skills Plus, the Library’s collection of online learning materials, contains dedicated resources that are particularly relevant to postgraduate research students and academic staff.

Skills for Faculty Teaching

Library induction

We recommend that all students new to Northumbria are given a Library Induction (duration 20 minutes). This is a dynamic and visual session which highlights the key resources and support provided by the Library and can be booked by academic staff for groups/cohorts of students at any time throughout the academic year.

Alternatively, students can access the online version of the Library induction at any time via the Library’s online learning materials on Skills Plus.

  • The induction video for on-campus students can be found here
  • The induction video for off-campus students can be found here
  • The induction video for London campus students can be found here

Classroom sessions

The Northumbria Skills Programme supports students, staff and researchers to make the most of their time at university, and help them acquire the skills they need to become independent and effective scholars from pre-entry to post-doctoral researchers.

A range of study skills sessions can be booked for your students on topics including getting started with information skills, advanced information skills, critical reading, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, report writing and group work.

The Skills Development team can also deliver a range of customised skills sessions based upon topics covered in the Northumbria Skills Programme on request. These sessions can be delivered to cohorts of students from level 4 to 7. For more information contact the Skills Development team.

For more information, see Information for Staff.

Referencing support

It is essential to reference all resources you have consulted and referred to in all your academic work, with enough detail so that anyone reviewing your work can easily locate these sources.

You can lose marks on assignments if you do not reference and cite sources correctly.

It also ensures you avoid plagiarism (a serious academic offence) and follow copyright law.

If you:
  • are unsure how to reference correctly
  • need tips on how to avoid plagiarism
  • don’t know how to use Turnitin (the online tool the University uses to identify plagiarism)
look at the easy to follow guides on Skills Plus under the topic: Referencing and Plagiarism.

More help with referencing

  • The Library provides face-to-face skills support with the Northumbria Skills Programme of classroom style workshops or one-to-one Drop in sessions.
  • Cite Them Right (University username and password required) provides help on how to reference all your sources correctly.
  • Using an online reference management system, such as EndNote can save you time and improve accuracy by using it to save and organise all your references. It enables you to cite while you write and automatically creates a reference list.

To learn how to create and use an EndNote Library refer to the Help guides in Skills Plus, under the topic Referencing and Plagiarism. In addition, there is information about creating and using Mendeley, an alternative online reference management system.

If you are a researcher or member of staff, you can use the online booking system to book a place on the EndNote Introduction and EndNote Advanced programmes.

Copyright support

The Library’s Copyright team provide information and guidance on all aspects of copyright,including copyright basics, frequently asked questions on copyright for students and copyright for research, how and why to get permission to reuse copyright protected works.


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