Academic & Study Skills

Key Academic Skills

Academic Writing

Resources on this website

More resources on other websites

Recommended Software/Tools


My slides on using APA
Full Marjon Guidance on using APA
How to use Mendeley for referencing
My video on 4 methods of making referencing easier

Critiquing Published Work

  • Lipman, T.O. (2013) Critical Reading and Critical Thinking - Study Design and Methodology: A Personal Approach on How to Read the Clinical Literature Nutr Clin Pract. Vol. 28:158-164 [full text

  • Hart, C. (2018). Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Research Imagination. Sage.

  • Krauss, A. (2018). Why all randomised controlled trials produce biased results. Annals of Medicine, 1-11.

  • Cordeiro, P., Ortuño, V. E., Paixão, M. P., & Marôco, J. (2015). Reading a Scientific Paper for Psychology and the Social Sciences: A Critical Guide.Psychology, Community & Health, 4(3), 114.a [full text]

  • Subramanyam, R. V. (2013). Art of reading a journal article: Methodically and effectively. Journal of oral and maxillofacial pathology: JOMFP, 17(1), 65.[full text]

  • MacAuley, D. (1994). READER: an acronym to aid critical reading by general practitioners. The British Journal of General Practice, 44(379), 83.[fulltext]

  • A short guide [pdf] to critical writing for Postgraduate Taught students - University of Birmingham

  • UCL guide: Critical appraisal of a journal article

  • What is critical reading - University of Leicester [click here]

  • How to Critically Analyse Psychological Research - Uni of Newcastle, Aus - [MS Word Doc]

  • Behind the Headlines from NHS Choices - the latest health news is debunked and contextualised

  • The Catalogue of Biases - CEBM, University of Oxford

  • Crombie, I. K. (1996). The pocket guide to critical appraisal. London: BMJ publishing group.

  • Greenhalgh, T. (2010) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (4th Ed.) Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell [google books]

  • Travers et al. (2019) Should this systematic review and meta-analysis change my practice? Part 1: exploring treatment effect and trustworthiness BJSM

  • Travers et al. (2019) Should this systematic review and meta-analysis change my practice? Part 2: exploring the role of the comparator, diversity, risk of bias and confidence BJSM

  • Also see "improving Thinking Skills" below.

Statistical Analysis

Improving Thinking Skills

Research using Electronic Resources

More Resources

  • For more links to study skill information, go to the Weblinks page labelled "Study Skills"

  • University of Leicester - A wealth of tips and information on producing coursework at HE level

  • The Higher Education Academy - A guide to study skills resources [click here for pdf]

  • skills4study - A resource site from the publisher PalgraveMacmillan. [click here for link]

  • Plagiarism - Terry and Belinda

Using Social Media

  • Digital Literacy attributes of a science student - from University of Bath [pdf]

  • Using Twitter for networking and CPD [click here]

  • Personal Learning Networks [click here]

  • LSE Guide - Using twitter in University research, teaching and impact activities [click here]

  • Minocha, S. and Petre, M. (2011) Handbook of social media for researchers and supervisors: Digital technologies for research dialogues. Open University [fulltext]

  • Quintana, D.S. (2020). Twitter for Scientists [eBook edition]. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3707741

  • 10 habits of a great tweeter [click here]

  • Academic blogging for beginners - by Dr Inger Mewburn [click here]

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