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How do you solve a problem like researching for assignments?: Build on this!

What will I learn in this section?

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  • Whether your confidence has improved from when you began using this guide to when you finished using the guide.
  • What actions to take to get further support or help extend your learning based on your confidence levels.
  • How to get more help from the Library.

1. Congratulations!

You have completed the guide.

You should be more likely to understand how to research for assignments than when you began the guide!  In this section of the guide you can find ways to get more help and a short evaluation survey.

2. How confident do you feel now when researching for information?

This is a picture of a light bulb.                      Activity 1: Before you began, we asked you how confident you feel researching for information at university. Click the radio button that now best describes your confidence levels. All responses on the polls are anonymous clicks.

How confident do you feel in being able to find a review journal article published in the last 5 years in a high quality academic journal?
Very confident: 7 votes (28%)
Confident: 14 votes (56%)
OK: 3 votes (12%)
Not confident: 0 votes (0%)
Need help: 1 votes (4%)
Total Votes: 25

Here are actions for you to take to get further support or help extend your learning based on your confidence levels.

For all students regardless of confidence levels, we recommend:

  • boosting your writing skills by taking a look at the Ten top tips for scientific writing guide.
  • tapping into subject specific study skills books that will help you with a range of assignments in the Library resources to help with assignments section of the Biosciences and Chemistry subject guide.
  • looking at the Skills Centre pages and booking yourself a place on an appropriate to you workshop.

 

If you feel very confident or confident:  

  • book yourself a place on a ProQuest RefWorks classes and move to using an online referencing tool.
  • decide how to keep up to date with your subject and use the approach that suits you.

 

If you feel OK: 

  • consolidate your research skills by taking a look at SearchStart. SearchStart is an introductory guide to searching for information and is suitable for all students that join Hallam in their first year.
  • book yourself a place on a APA Referencing class if you need more referencing support

 

If you feel not very confident or need help:

  • book a one to one with your subject librarian.
  • talk to an adviser in the Skills Centre.
  • book yourself a place on a APA Referencing class if you need more referencing support.

Here are links to the resources or services recommended above:

3. Have your say and how you can get more help from the Library.

This is a picture of a light bulb.                      Activity 2 :Have your say!

We are keen to know if the guide has helped and have included a short survey below for you to complete. There are 3 questions, all answers are anonymous and it should take less than 1 minute to complete!

How to get more help from the Library.

Take a look at the following resources, guides and webpages. If you need help, just ask! Don't forget you can use Library Chat to get immediate help - 24/7/365!

Good luck with your studies and we are here to help!

4. Answers

Here are the answers to the questions asked in various sections of the guide.

The answer structure is section name, box number, activity number, question number and answer.

  • Welcome section > Box 3 >  Activity 3 > Answer is: Library Chat is 24/7/365.

 

  • Find what you need > Box 6 > Activity 10 > Article 1 is a review.
  • Find what you need > Box 6 > Activity 10 > Article 2 is a review.
  • Find what you need > Box 6 > Activity 10 > Article 3 is an original research article.

 

  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 4 > Activity 2 > Question 1 > All the answers are correct but some answers may be more important than others depending on your perspective.
  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 4 > Activity 2 > Question 2 > Biology or biosciences based courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, follow the APA style. Chemistry courses at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, follow the numerical system used by Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 4 > Activity 2 > Question 3 > Citing is referring to someone else’s work or ideas in the text of your work.
  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 4 > Activity 2 > Question 4 > References to the information I use are put at the end of my work.

 

  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 5 > Activity 3 > Question 1  > What referencing style does this article follow? Numerical referencing.
  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 5 > Activity 3 > Question 2 > Which is the correct APA 7 citation for the chosen article? Kundu (2019) discusses how science fiction, comics and films have influenced the development of materials with properties that mirror what is being used in these fictional realms. However there are other ways to cite within the text like this (Kundu, 2019).
  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 5 > Activity 3 > Question 3 > Which is the correct RSC citation for the chosen article? Kundu discusses how science fiction, comics and films have influenced the development of materials with properties that mirror what is being used in these fictional realms. 1

 

  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 6 > Activity 4 > Question 1 > Which is the correct APA 7 reference for the article? Kundu, S. (2019). Elements of science and fiction. Nature Chemistry11(1), 13–16. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-018-0194-5
  • Acknowledge what you use! > Box 6 > Activity 4 > Question 2 >  Which is the correct RSC reference for the article? S. Kundu, Nat. Chem., 2019, 11, 13-16.