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Library Services

Preparing for your first assignment

Getting started – 5 key things to know about your Library Services 

Find It! Use It! Reference it! 

This QM Plus module introduces some essential information literacy skills that you will need throughout your time at Queen Mary (and beyond). These include:  

  • Why, when looking for information for your studies, it is a mistake to rely solely on Google and Wikipedia 
  • Where you can go online to find reliable information 
  • Some methods you can use to evaluate the information you find, and an understanding and increased awareness of the issues surrounding plagiarism 
  • Some of the main referencing styles used in academic writing 
  • How you can use freely available software to efficiently manage your library of references and help you to prepare a perfect bibliography. 

Literature searching and information skills

There are a range of workshops available covering a series of key topics that you can sign up for, in addition to any organized through your department. 

In addition, you can make a 1 to 1 appointment to discuss questions you have with our specialist team. 

For quick queries, you can just email the relevant team: 

Academic skills for university

All students can continue to develop the skills they need to succeed at university, whatever their level or previous experience. 

We provide a range of ways for you to improve the academic skills you will need.  

To support new students’ transition to university study, we have worked with colleagues across Queen Mary to create Get Ahead, which includes a range of resources covering a variety of topics. 

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