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Social Sciences: Skills and workshops

A collection of information resources and guidance for Social Sciences students

Literature review and project books for Social Science students

Cover of Skills for Success
Cover of  The Study Skills Handbook
Cover of History Skills a Student's Handbook
Cover of Studying Psychology
Cover of The Sociological Imagination
Cover of Social Research : issues, methods and process
Cover of Your Research Project : designing and planning your work
Cover of The Literature Review : six steps to success
Copy of Writing at University : a guide for students

Literature Searching

Below is a summary of the suggested steps involved in completing an assignment set by your School:

  • What exactly is your topic?
    e.g. What will be the benefits of a more age diverse workforce?

  • What are the Keywords or phrases?
    e.g. Age Diverse (older workers, retired workers, young people.) + Workforce (employment, organisation, employees.)

  • Are there any alternative words to use?
    e.g. young people or youth
  •  
  • Consider the sources of information you can use.
    e.g. books, journals, newspapers, websites, statistics, official organisations etc.

  • Read the information issued by your School carefully.
    and discuss with your tutor if you are unclear.

  • Seek Advice 
    e.g. librarians, study skills advisors and academic staff.

  • Finally
    don't panic! The library is always here to help. Email me for a 1-2-1 appointment.

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 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:

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 clare.chambers@rlfeducation.org.uk 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!