Study Skills

Key Academic Skills

Producing coursework

Resources on this website

More resources on other websites


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]

  • 10 habits of a great tweeter [click here]

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

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