Library Help and Advice

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Contact your librarian

As your subject librarian, you can come to me for help on information and library-related matters. Whether you are having trouble using the catalogue, need some advice on internet searching, want to know more about databases or are stuck with referencing, I am the person to ask! You are welcome to drop in, but it can be a good idea to book an appointment by sending an e-mail via the Contact Your Librarian form (select Health!). You can also telephone me on 01634 883446 (I do not have voicemail, I'm afraid).

I also run training sessions when asked by academics from the courses I support, and am often involved with modules on research skills or evidence-based practice.

If you need to contact the Library in general the main contact details are available from the Drill Hall web pages.

Recent Tweets from my Twitter feed are on the right. This includes some general updates about the Drill Hall Library as well as subject-specific information such as the newest books in stock, new resources you might find useful and details of workshops and drop-in sessions I run. If you're on Twitter, you can follow me on @dhldavidb. The Drill Hall also has an account - @drillhalllib, and also has a Facebook page.

Study skills

If you need help with study skills in general, including academic writing, then help is available from your university :

Canterbury Christ Church University has the i-zone in Cathedral Court, who can put you in touch with the study skills advisors. Useful web resources from CCCU include :

  • Student Support Services - includes Student Study Support
  • Graduate Skills - many resources to help with all sorts of key university skills
  • Turnitin - details about the 'plagiarism detection' software CCCU uses
  • For referencing (including Harvard), see the Referencing tab in Blackboard

University of Greenwich has the Study Skills team in the Blake building. Useful web resources from the University of Greenwich include :

  • Study Skills - resources, plus contact details for the Study Skills Team
  • Referencing
  • PLATO - a resource for understanding plagiarism
  • Progression in Information Skills - an online course accessible via the Portal and Moodle, covering how to find quality information, avoid plagiarism, cite your references and much more

Students from all 3 universities can see Tim Walker, Royal Literary Fund Fellow. He is based in an office in the Drill Hall Library on Wednesdays and Thursdays and can offer useful advice on writing skills.

Library resources for study skills

You will also find lots of helpful books on study skills in the Library. Some useful classmarks for study skills topics include :

  • 001.42 - general research skills
  • 025.04 - internet research
  • 025.0661 - the internet for health
  • 378.170281 - higher education study skills
  • 808.066 - academic writing skills, including referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • 808.06661 - writing skills for health students
  • 808.51 - giving presentations
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