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What is a dissertation?

Final year students are required to complete a large piece of work for their degree or professional qualification. For undergraduates this is known as a dissertation, final year project or major independent study. Postgraduates will normally complete a thesis.

These pages will tell you how the Library can support you in writing your dissertation, as well as finding past dissertations. 

Can I get help with my dissertation?

Skills for Learning offers support on a variety of academic writing skills: report writing, writing skills for international students, literature reviews and time management advice. 

Their Dissertation IT Kit includes videos on how to format your dissertation.

They also run workshops on topics such as

  • reports and dissertations
  • Word for dissertations and reports
  • statistics 2 - analysing your data
  • dissertations for postgraduates

Workshop timetables can be found on the Skills for Learning website or in the Library.

Your Academic Librarian can provide support for your dissertation through the subject support pages which help you access quality academic resources. We also offer, one-to-one appointments on searching for information quickly and effectively, referencing, and using the advanced search functions of subject specific databases.

The Library also stocks books on writing dissertations and research skills. Please search the Library Catalogue. And we offer an Interlibrary Loans service if you need a book or journal that we don't have in stock.

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Help with Referencing

Skills for Learning provides information on the Harvard referencing system, including how to reference a variety of different formats and media.

Their guide is available online in two versions: Quote Unquote on the Skills for Learning website, and Quote Unquote PDF. You can also buy your own copy from the Library for £3.

A short introductory guide is also available to download or in print from the Library.