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Music and Arts: Skills and workshops

A collection of information resources and guidance for Music & Arts students

Literature review and project books for Music & Arts students

Cover of How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays
Cover of Writing about Visual Art
Cover of Music in words : a guide to researching and writing about music
Cover of A Short Guide to Writing About Art
Cover of How to Write About Contemporary Art
Cover of Handbook of the arts in qualitative research
Cover of Visual, narrative and creative research methods
Cover of the Reflective Journal
Cover of Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Research Imagination

Literature Searching

What is a literature review and/or a literature search?

Click through the slides below for more details on how to get started. Utilise the recommended books in the banner box and remember, you can always approach your course tutors and any librarian for advice.

Tip: click the full screen box under the presentation to make it bigger!

Reference management

Check out this tutorial on using RefWorks by Andy Prue, a subject librarian at the University of Kent. Click the image to get started!

Screenshot reading: Reference management tools at Kent, Andy Prue

Drill Hall Library workshops

Workshops and drop-ins at the Drill Hall

The Drill Hall Library runs dropins and also hosts workshops and dropins run by each of the 3 Universities at Medway. They are open to students from all 3 universities.

Materials from our workshops

Slides used in our drop-in workshop sessions will be posted here:

Help with Academic Skills

The Drill Hall Librarians cannot help you with academic skills queries such as how to structure your essay or improve your writing, but we do know people who can! 

The Royal Literary Fellow (RLF) for Medway is available online on Mondays and Tuesdays, open to all students, and can help to make your writing more expressive and impactful.

You will need to book an appointment as the service is very popular - contact to book.

RLF logo - "Help Write Now! For Canterbury Christ Church, University of Greenwich and University of Kent students"

Your home institution will run workshops and drop-in sessions as well. Click the links to see what's on offer!  Greenwich | Kent | CCCU 

Greenwich Academic Skills Hub logo - a lightbulb with 'idea' written inside, surrounded by pencils, words, doodles.

A great place to start is the Academic Skills Hub. This resource was created by the University of Greenwich, but is open and free for anyone to use!

Also, new for 2020, is Canterbury Christ Church University's Learning Skills Hub. Also open for anyone to use.


Evaluating quality

In the era of information overload and fake news, it can be really tricky to know if the stuff you're reading is true and worth including in your essays! Remember, "quality information" will have a different meaning in your essays and reports compared to things we read in other contexts (like the general news, or social media!). 

There are loads of different ways to evaluate quality, but we think the CRAAP test is thorough and particularly memorable... Watch the video for more details!