18th July 2019

Resource bank

The resources listed below contain reliable advice on various aspects of university work. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then send an email to the Academic Skills team, and we’ll do our best to help.

Approaches to study

Approaches to study

Edinburgh Napier University’s Get Ready guide is written for students coming to university for the first time and for those who are new to the UK university system.


Cornell University’s Cornell note-taking method is a well regarded approach to recording important course material.


The Open University has put together a useful guide dedicated to postgraduate study skills.


The University of Leeds has some good advice on note making and on revision and exams.

Academic writing

Academic writing

Edinburgh Napier University has produced some academic skills video tutorials on a range of topics.


MIT’s guide to paraphrasing can help students to begin to master this important aspect of academic writing.


The University of Bristol’s guide to improving your writing is a good introductory resource.


The British Council’s guide to English grammar provides detailed coverage of important grammatical concepts.


Lexico’s grammar guide is produced by Oxford University Press and encompasses key aspects of English grammar.


The University of Manchester’s Academic Phrasebank can help students to find the right words for academic writing.


The University of Toronto has some very detailed advice covering the academic writing process, from research and planning to re-drafting and editing.

Finding reading material

Finding reading material

Use Edinburgh Napier’s Library Search site to find relevant, high quality academic reading material.


Edinburgh Napier University’s LibGuides offer detailed advice on research methods.


Edinburgh Napier University’s IS team has put together a student induction library guide to help students find good research materials.


The University of Leeds has advice on how to develop a search strategy.

Referencing & academic integrity

Academic integrity & referencing

Download PDF copies of Edinburgh Napier University’s referencing guidelines.


Edinburgh Napier University’s TurnitinUK guidance helps to explain why and how students and tutors use this text matching software.


The American Psychological Association’s APA Style Blog offers detailed advice on referencing (and writing) in accordance with APA guidelines.


‘Harvard referencing’ is another name for parenthetical referencing, which encompasses a number of different styles and iterations. Imperial College London has a guide to Harvard referencing that might help students who have been asked to follow this style.


Some subjects in the Humanities follow the MHRA’s referencing guidelines. Students can download a free PDF copy of the MHRA style guide from their website.


Law students may be asked to follow the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). A PDF copy of this guide can be downloaded from free on the University of Oxford Faculty of Law website.


Purdue Online Writing Lab’s research and citation resources are detailed and highly regarded with students the world over.