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November 24, 2022, by Emma

Support for assignments – preparing and researching

Do you have an assignment coming up? Libraries have got you covered every step of the way.

In this blog post we’ll discuss how libraries provide support for your studies as you prepare and research for your assignments.

Visit our help and support website for our contact details, and our events and training calendar to find your next webinar. 

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Preparing your study space 

Drop-in study spaces are available in all of our libraries, but if you have a favourite spot then you can book in advance online using Click and Study, including our assistive technology rooms.

If you focus better late at night, three of our libraries are open 24-hours during term time.

Through the University you can access a wide range of software to support your studies, including Mind View, Read & Write Gold and the reference management software Endnote.

Finding and reading resources 

NUsearch and online discovery 

The library’s online discovery tool, NUsearch, is a great place to start searching for the books, articles and other resources you’ll use in your assignment. Sign in to check your library account, request a book, and save searches and records in your Favourites.

From NUsearch, you can access your course reading lists, databases and much more. You can also visit our help pages for more information. 

If you prefer to navigate the web for information you can download the Library Access browser extension for easy access to online resources off campus.

Support with finding resources 

Our services will help you access the resources you need. Book a tour or drop in and ask one of our friendly staff to show you how to find books using the classmark system.

We also offer:

Need a resource that’s not in our collection? Request an interlibrary loan, or suggest a book for us to buy.

Information skills support and training 

Our Information Skills team provide a collection of on-demand online training resources to help you with finding and reading resources, including ‘literature searching’ and ‘critically evaluating information’.

They also hold regular live training webinars on Microsoft Teams on topics ranging from ‘Getting started using library resources’ to ‘Searching for evidence for a systematic review‘, plus spotlight webinars on specific resources and databases. For more tailored support, you can also request a one-to-one with a librarian from the team.  

We have subject guides covering books and journals, subject databases, specialist resources, and literature searching. Our subject database guides describe the key databases in your field, with links to video tutorials.

If you have any questions about anything mentioned in this blog about support for your studies or using our libraries, please get in touch by email, phone or live chat.

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