Dissertation blues? We have a guide that could help you!

Tackle your final year project or dissertation.

Our recently updated, comprehensive guide takes you through all the stages of your project.

We’ve now included a section on structuring your project and updated others including how to write a literature review, and there’s still links to dissertation examples. Take a look at our Final Chapter resource.

Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument

Are you struggling to find resources on critical thinking for your essays and projects? We have some resources that could help you.

This playlist from SAGE Students guides you through how to develop an argument and analyse your own work.

We also have some books in our Skills Collection on level 1 of the Laidlaw Library that could help –

Critical thinking skills : developing effective analysis and argument

Critical thinking : concepts & tools


Need help on how to structure your essay? We’ve got you covered

Essays are used to assess your understanding of specific ideas and your ability to explain these in your own words. They’re usually written in a discursive style, bringing together ideas, evidence and arguments to address a specific problem or question.

We’ve put together a short guide full of tips that can help you structure and plan your essay, take a look – Essay_Writing

Essay feedback – How you can improve

Have you ever received feedback from an essay and were unsure on what to do with it? Have you ever been disappointed by one of your marks? Don’t worry! We’ve got some short videos which can help you use the feedback you receive and improve your work. Take a look – View playlist

Library project: Flying Start

As a Student Ambassador for the Library, one of my tasks over the last couple of months has been to work on an individual project with supervision from one of the library’s Learning Advisors. The project is based on one of the Skills@Library resources, Flying Start, which seeks to provide guidance to first year students in their transition to studying at university.

There is information on everything from how to make the most out of your lectures, how to manage your time and guidance for tackling your first assignment. Speaking from the point of view of a current student, I can see how useful Flying Start will be for people who are about to start university and want to get a head start before the beginning of the semester.

The bulk of my time was taken up meeting with my supervisor to discuss the main aims of carrying out the survey and coming up with questions for the survey. Once the survey machine was up and running in the Laidlaw Library, I did some observation of how people reacted to the machine and whether it was visible to passers-by. By doing this, we’ll not only have feedback on the Flying Start resource, but also on the mode of gathering feedback and how effective this was in practice.

All in all, I think that Flying Start is a fantastic resource for giving new students an insight into studying at university and helping them to feel less nervous at the prospect of new learning styles and assessment methods. It will be really useful to see the feedback that students have given in the survey, and it will hopefully give us some pointers as to how the Flying Start resource can be improved in the future to better suit the needs of first year students.

Library projects

Find out more about what projects our Library Ambassadors have been working on and how they can help you.

From First to Final year they’re asking for your input to improve Library services for all students. Watch our video to find out more about these exciting projects.

They will be updating on how the projects are going shortly, so look out for their posts in the next few weeks detailing their findings.

Library Student Ambassadors

Meet our Student Ambassadors; Anna, Olivia, Jenny and Emily.

See what their experiences of the role has been and how they can help. Whether it’s how to check out books or finding out how Skills@Library can help your studies, watch our introductory video to give you a taste of what they can do to help you.

Watch out for more updates from them, including their individual projects.