If you’re revising for exams, we recommend the Exam Preparation section below as well as the Time Management resource in the Managing your Studies section. This resource contains useful guidance on getting organised and dealing with barriers to effective study.
For a wider selection of resources, check your FASS, FHM, FST and LUMS Faculty Learning Development Moodle sites. There is also an English Language Moodle site and MASH (Maths and Stats Hub) Moodle site.
These resources will introduce you to the University’s Discovery tool, OneSearch, and some of the databases available to you as a student at Lancaster University. They are suitable for students at all levels.
- Getting started with OneSearch tutorial
- OneSearch: Searching for a Journal by Title
- OneSearch: How to log in and use when off-campus
- OneSearch: Getting started with topic searching
- OneSearch: doing a basic search
- OneSearch: How to find a specific ebook
Using Web of Science:
These resources offer guidance in searching the literature at all levels of study, and include resources on defining the question, carrying out a literature review, systematic literature searching and what to do if you have too few or too many results.
Defining the question with PICO is relevant for students in FHM, and the Systematic literature searching topic guide is useful for anyone required to carry out a systematic literature review.
Referencing, avoiding plagiarism and reference management tools
These resources introduce you to the principles of referencing and plagiarism, and provide guidance on setting up and using the reference management tools EndNote Online, EndNote Desktop and RefWorks. They are suitable for students at all levels.
Managing your studies
This interactive resource can help you with your time management for study:
These short videos contain tips and advice from students on how to approach studying online:
Academic reading and writing
These interactive resources can help you to develop your academic reading and writing skills. They are suitable for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, especially if you are new to university study.
These resources contain advice on preparing for written assignments and some exams at university. They are suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.
- Understanding your assessment task
- Preparing for online open book exams 2022
- Preparing for in-person exams 2022
In the resources below, students share their experiences and advice on preparing for online exams:
These resources contain ideas and activities to develop your critical thinking. The first one is suitable for postgraduate taught students and the videos are suitable for undergraduate students. For access to more resources on this theme, please sign up to your Faculty Learning Developers’ Moodle site, using the link from the Learning Development page.
Mathematics and statistics
These resources can support the development of your maths and stats skills. They are suitable for undergraduate and postraduate students from all disciplines. For more maths and stats resources related to your area of study, please sign up to your Faculty MASH (Maths and Stats Hub) Moodle site.
Mathcentre - quick reference topic guides, teach yourself booklets, practice and revision booklets, video tutorials and more.
Mathtutor - excellent for revision of some of the main maths subjects: arithmetic, algebra, functions & graphs, geometry & vectors, trignometry, differentiation and integration.
Statstutor - statistics support materials, including bite-sized SPSS video tutorials.
Paul's online notes - online maths tutorials and notes created by Paul Dawkins.
HostMath - an online tool for equation writing.
Desmos - Graph functions, plot data, evaluate equations, explore transformations and more.
GeoGebra math apps - online maths tools for graphing, geometry, 3D and more.
Maths Glossary -online glossary of maths terms created by Greg Kuperberg.
Communication, group work and presentation skills
These resources provide useful tips and advice for working in groups and presenting at University.
Top tips for using the digital library
To support you in navigating the digital library while the library building is closed, we have created a series of 'Top Tips in using the Digital Library which are available through the Lancaster University Library YouTube channel
Library resources to enhance employability
This resource will introduce you to the library and the access it gives to many resources that can help enhance your employability, including databases you can use to research companies and industries to increase your commercial awareness. The tutorial will take around 20 minutes to complete.
The link to the tutorial is here: https://articulate.library.lancs.ac.uk/articulate/employability