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Critical thinking and reading

Critical thinking and reading are processes that take time to develop. When you start a new topic, you need basic information to understand it. Ask simple questions: What/When/Who/Where?

As you start to understand the topic, ask more in-depth questions: Why/How/What if/So what/What next?

You are starting to analyse and evaluate what you reading. To get to grips with critical reading, effective note-making strategies, and evaluating arguments, use the drop-down menu on the left.

For a free introductory critical thinking course, go to Future Learn.

 

See also Critically evaluating information

Events

English Language for Academic Study workshop - Signalling Nouns and Reference Words in Academic Writing

For students with English as an additional language. The workshop lasts 2 hours and is repeated several times throughout the week:

Monday 29 April 2019 11.00 - 13.00

Finding research for your projects and dissertations

This practical workshop is aimed at final year undergraduate students researching for projects, long essays or dissertations.

Monday 29 April 2019 12.00 - 13.00

Creating your bibliography with Zoterobib

This hands-on workshop will help you to maintain academic integrity and avoid plagiarism by introducing you to ZoteroBib.

Tuesday 30 April 2019 13.00 - 13.30

How to use Scopus

This practical workshop, aimed at final year undergraduates, will show you how to find high-quality academic information using Scopus.

Wednesday 1 May 2019 13.00 - 13.30

academic skills drop-in

Learn how you can get support and advice from the academic skills team to develop the skills you need for university and beyond.

Wednesday 1 May 2019 14.00 - 16.00

Working on my dissertation - undergraduates

This session discusses what’s involved, how to plan your time and structure your dissertation.

Thursday 2 May 2019 14.00 - 15.30

Revision and exam technique

Plan your revision time and discuss strategies for learning and remembering, and doing exams.

Friday 3 May 2019 11.00 - 11.30

How to use Thomson One

This practical workshop, aimed at final year undergraduates, will show you how to find high-quality business information using Thomson One.

Friday 3 May 2019 13.00 - 13.30

How to use Orbis and Fame

This practical workshop, aimed at final year undergraduates, will show you how to find high-quality business information using Orbis+Fame.

Friday 3 May 2019 13.30 - 14.00

Revision and exam technique

Plan your revision time and discuss strategies for learning and remembering, and doing exams.

Friday 3 May 2019 14.00 - 14.30

Revision and exam technique

Plan your revision time and discuss strategies for learning, remembering and doing exams.

Tuesday 7 May 2019 11.00 - 11.30

How to use Westlaw

This practical workshop, aimed at final year undergraduates, will show you how to find high-quality legal information using Westlaw.

Tuesday 7 May 2019 13.00 - 13.30

How to use Lexis

This practical workshop, aimed at final year undergraduates, will show you how to find high-quality legal information using Lexis.

Tuesday 7 May 2019 13.30 - 14.00

How to use Web of Science

This practical workshop, aimed at final year undergraduates, will show you how to find high-quality information using Web of Science.

Wednesday 8 May 2019 13.00 - 13.30

Revision and exam technique

Plan your revision time and discuss strategies for learning, remembering and doing exams.

Wednesday 8 May 2019 14.00 - 14.30

Working on my Masters dissertation - Masters

This session discusses what’s involved, how to plan your time and structure your dissertation.

Thursday 9 May 2019 14.00 - 15.30

How to use JSTOR

This practical workshop, aimed at final year undergraduates, will show you how to find high-quality academic information using JSTOR.

Friday 10 May 2019 15.00 - 15.30

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