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Other help

1) Your Academic Librarians can advise on finding and using information.

2) The Skills for Learning pages offer further guidance on writing, searching and other useful topics. You can also book onto a variety of useful workshops and drop-ins.

3) In the Books tab you can read how to access resources we do not currently have in stock.

Literature reviews

A literature review examines and comments on the information available about a topic. It provides background to your work, showing how it relates to existing knowledge of the field, and demonstrating your command of the subject.

In general, literature reviews are arranged by theme or issue, rather than addressing each piece of information individually.

The Finding Information page on Skills for Learning contains guidance on finding information for literature reviews, as well as tips for finding sources for any of your projects.

Collections of dissertations and theses

Within Leeds Beckett

You can search the University repository for past Leeds Beckett research.

The Library also has some hard copies of old dissertations and theses. You can consult these to see how previous students conducted and presented their work.

Search on Discover for dissertations and theses held in the Library:

Evaluating information

Research ethics

Ensuring that your research is ethical is an important aspect of the planning and methodology of a project.

Ethical research expands our knowledge of a field without causing harm, but it can be challenging to understand and apply this principle in practice. Common challenges include the unbiased selection of participants, obtaining their informed consent, and keeping confidential data secure. Other factors to consider might include the health and safety of participants, and potential financial, social, physical, and psychological risks. 

There are number of sources of help: 

  1. The BCS Code of Conduct sets out required professional standards (useful if an Ethics form approval form refers to the code of conduct of a learned society).
  2. The Skills for Learning Research Ethics page offers helpful general advice.
  3. Leeds Beckett research ethics policies and procedures are available online.
  4. Accessing the work of past researchers (instructions above) will show you how previous students have addressed relevant ethical issues. 
  5. There are a number of useful books on research ethics in the Library, you can use Discover to check for relevant titles.

If you need further advice, you should speak to your module tutor or supervisor before continuing your research.

Useful books

As well as our Engineering resources, the Library also stocks books on dissertation writing and research skills. You can search Discover for our full stock, but these books may help you to get started:

Wider reading

Check the Books page for other options. We can buy books you recommend, obtain additional material as Interlibrary Loans, and get you access to other university libraries.