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 a selection of the most popular books for study skills. 

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

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

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 laptops that you can borrow. You can use unencrypted memory sticks in the libraries.  

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

Binding – Wansbeck, North Tyneside & NSECH libraries also provide a binding service.

More help and advice with study skills

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

Newcastle University provides interactive tutorials and help sheets on a variety of topics including referencing, planning/time management and exams.

Open University also provides guidance on how to study effectively.