Are you struggling to find enough journal articles for your dissertation, not sure how to carry out a comprehensive search on a database, or in need of a refresher on citing and referencing?
No matter if you’re an undergraduate or a postgraduate student, working on a dissertation can at times be overwhelming.
The Library and the Study Advice team are here to help!
What can your liaison librarian help you with?
Your liaison librarian can help with any questions related to finding, accessing and using information resources such as journal articles and monographs, ranging from simple enquiries to more complex and detailed requests.
Contact your liaison librarian for subject-specific enquiries, including:
- Devising a search strategy for your topic
- Searching databases
- Citing and referencing, including using EndNote
- Accessing other libraries and archives
To get in touch with your liaison librarian, see our list of contacts. They will often be able to answer your question via email, or might suggest a personal appointment to talk through your query in more detail. You might also wish to find your liaison librarian when they are available at an Information Desk in the Library.
What can the Study Advice team help you with?
- Deciding on your research questions
- Managing your reading and notes
- Working out a structure
- Writing your literature survey
- Planning your work schedule
…and much more.
Develop your skills online
We also offer plenty of opportunities to refresh and develop your skills online:
- Liblearn: Liblearn is an online Blackboard course on using the Library and literature searching. It consists of three tutorials. Liblearn Three, which covers creating a search strategy and searching databases effectively, is particularly relevant for students who are working on dissertations. To enrol for this course, click on the Enrolments tab in Blackboard and search for Liblearn in the Course search box.
- Video: Watch our video on finding journal articles on a topic
- Online guides: Read our online guide to doing your literature search, and the Study Advice guides to planning, researching and writing your dissertation.
This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information
This tip was written by Anna Richards, Liaison Librarian for Classics and Philosophy.