Study skills

Starting a course? We have many books that can help you to develop the study skills you will need – whether it is referencing, writing essays or giving presentations.

Here are some of the most popular


If you need to do a research project, we also have books on research methodology and how to do a literature search (including systemic reviews).

Here is some advice on how to critically appraise the information that you find.


Referencing is often a source of worry for new/returning students.

We recommend using Cite them right for advice on how to reference different resources.

Neil’s toolbox includes a very useful Harvard reference generator


Library information skills training

We provide customised training sessions for groups or individuals. Contact us to find out how we can help.


Other library services

IT – We have PCs in all the libraries and you can use unencrypted memory sticks.  North Tyneside library has wifi, so you can bring your own laptop or tablet.

Study space – Wansbeck and North Tyneside libraries have separate areas for silent study and group work.

Binding – Wansbeck and North Tyneside libraries also provide a binding service.


More help and advice with study skills

Northumbria University library Skills Plus provides helpsheets, interactive tutorials and video guides on lots of topics, including copyright, reflection and writing reports.

Open University also provides guidance on how to study effectively.