For more information on how it works, see our FAQ page.
In terms of your reading, if you're not quite sure where to start, start with your reading list.
Most modules will have a reading list; some highlighting the key texts for that module, others detailing weekly readings. To find your list, navigate to your module in MyLearningSpace and follow the Reading List tile. Or, MyLists will take you to all available reading lists for modules you're enrolled on.
Find out more about reading lists: https://intranet.abertay.ac.uk/library/finding-resources/readinglists/
Beyond your reading list
If you want to search beyond your reading list, start with LibrarySearch above. Alternatively, some subject areas will require you to search for a specific type of information eg legal content or market research, or you may want to conduct a more comprehensive search within a particular database. If you are unsure which database or collection to use, our Subject Guides highlight the key resources for your subject area, or our A-Z lists all of our online collections.
We've also highlighted some of the key open access resources available.
Searching and finding literature is only one part of the assignment process. We've designed the assignment toolkit to help you dip into other aspects of the process as and when you need to, regardless of whether you're writing a 1st year essay or a 4th year dissertation. From defining your essay question to formatting your document, there's something in there for everyone.
What else do I need to know?
- Referencing. Do you understand how to reference? How to avoid plagiarim? Whatever referencing style you use, it's important to know how and when to cite, and how to lay out your Reference List.
- RefWorks. Ever considered using software to help you reference?
- Digital skills. Learn how to use Word to format your assignment, or how to use PowerPoint to present your research on a poster: