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Adding up: describing data and choosing a statistical test

This resource will explore the methods and descriptives you can use to describe your data. It will also show you how to select appropriate statistical tests and find them in SPSS.

  • Duration: 15 mins
  • Format: Online tutorial

Adding up: introducing SPSS

This resource explores some of the key features and interfaces of SPSS, which you can use to generate reports, charts, descriptive statistics and analysis.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Adding up: introduction to statistics

This resource will give you a basic introduction to statistical terminology, charts and data types. It will also give you advice on how to organise your data to make it easier to analyse and present.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Dissertations: choosing your topic

This resource focuses on choosing a topic for your dissertation.

It will take you through the key elements of the early stages of your dissertation such as writing your research question and the objectives for achieving it.

  • Duration: 20 mins
  • Format: Online tutorial

Dissertations: planning

This resource will highlight some of the key stages in planning to write your dissertation. It will also highlight some useful tools to help you along the way.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Dissertations: the A-Z of literature reviews

This resource will give you an introduction to literature reviews. It will also give you advice on what a good literature should include, and how to prepare for writing your literature review.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Down to business: finding business information

This set of resources introduces a number of powerful research tools you can use to get a range of business information. It includes practical demonstrations of the Fame (company information), Passport (market research) and Factiva (trade and industry news) databases.

  • Duration: 15 minutes (each)
  • Format: Video

Finding the good stuff: evaluating your sources

This resource explores the process of evaluating the sources you find to ensure they are relevant and quality assured, equipping you with the skills you need to identify high-quality information to use in your academic work.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Get a grip: understanding your task

This resource takes you through the process of analysing your assignment task to ensure that you're clear about what you're being asked to do, giving you some useful techniques to ensure that your work remains focused on directly addressing the question at hand.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Getting results: guides to searching databases

This set of resources will demonstrate the process of performing a search on a number of database platforms. They each cover performing a search, refining your results and saving, emailing and exporting your results. Some of these resources are only available to University of Manchester students and staff.

  • Duration: 15 minutes each
  • Format: Video

Introducing Special Collections

This resource introduces the different types of materials found in the Library's Special Collections, explaining what they are and how this valuable source of primary material spanning five millennia and covering a broad spectrum of subjects can be used to support your studies.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

Know your sources: types of information

This resource highlights the strengths and weaknesses of different information types, enabling you to make informed decisions about the types of source you use for different purposes in your academic work.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Knowing where to look: your search toolkit

This resource explores Google, Google Scholar, subject databases and Library Search, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses to enable you to make an informed choice when selecting where to search for information.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

Note making: capturing what counts

This resource looks at the purposes and contexts in which you make notes. It also provides an overview of different note-making techniques and which purpose theses techniques are most effective for.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

Original thinking allowed: avoiding plagiarism

This resource explores some of the issues surrounding academic integrity, providing you with techniques to help you to avoid plagiarism when referring to the work of others and to add your own voice into your work.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Planning ahead: making your search work

This resource explores the process of planning a search, highlighting some techniques you can use to refine your search to help you to get a manageable number of high-quality, relevant results to use in your work.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Podcast: 12 tips for successful revision

  • Duration: 7 mins
  • Format: Video

Present like a pro: planning your way to success

This resource takes you through the process of planning your presentation, giving you some useful techniques to ensure that your presentation remains focused on the requirements of your task and directly addresses the topic you're covering.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Present like a pro: the art of delivery

In this resource we will explore what makes a good presenter and how can you use this to become a more confident when presenting. These techniques will enable you to deliver your presentations in a way that will make your audience sit up and take notice!

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Present like a pro: visual victory

This resource outlines different visual tools you can utilise to create visual aids for your presentation. It explores the types of visual aids you can use and what to display on screen. It will give you some inspiration you can use to design your own slides.

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Report writing

This resource explores key elements of producing a written report. Including, structure, purpose, language and referencing; It highlights important considerations to help you write clear and concise reports.

  • Duration: 30 mins
  • Format: Online tutorial

Shopping for information: introducing subject databases

This resource explores some of the key features of subject databases, demonstrating that while they can initially appear daunting and complicated, they can be as easy to use as any online shopping site.

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

Start to finish: Dissertations

These resources will take you through how to plan, research and choose a topic for your dissertation. They will help you to produce a well planned, researched dissertation that will hold your interest and the interest of your reader.

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  • Format: Interactive guide

Start to finish: present like a pro

These resources will take you through how to plan, design and deliver presentations. They will help you to produce a well-structured, coherent presentation that fulfills your brief, is visually appealing and is engaging for your audience.

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  • Format: Interactive guide

Start to finish: Referencing

This set of resources will show you how to reference different types of sources in your assignments. It will help you to cite, paraphrase and manage your references using tools such as EndNote, Endnote online and Mendeley.

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  • Format: Interactive guide

Start to finish: revision

This set of resources will take you through the revision process from start to finish. It will help you to prioritise your revision effectively.

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  • Format: Interactive guide

Start to finish: statistics

Do you need to analyse a set of data and produce some statistics? You do not need to be an expert to produce a statistical report. These resources will give you a basic introduction to statistics and introduce you to producing reports in SPSS.

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  • Format: Interactive guide

The big picture: achieving your academic goals

This resource will encourage you to consider your long-term academic goals by putting your studies into the broader context of your continued personal development.

It will help you to identify and prioritise the steps you need to take in order to achieve these goals.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Interactive guide

What's the big idea: developing and organising your argument

This resource outlines a five-step technique you can use to help you to identify what your main arguments are, and to organise your ideas into a coherent structure.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Format: Online tutorial

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