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Sciences: Skills and workshops for scientists

A collection of information resources and guidance for Science students

Literature review and project books for Science students

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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

EndNote reference management ThingLink - interactive tool

Reference management tools such as EndNote help you to keep track of the information you include in your essays.

Explore this interactive resource (hover over the right hand side of the image to make it full screen) and learn how to set up and use EndNote to make your referencing life easier!

Drill Hall Library workshops

Workshops in the Drill Hall

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

Note: We are currently unable to offer face-to-face workshops in the library. They will return in future.

Materials from our workshops

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

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!

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.