The resources below address the most important elements of university work. We’ve gathered together materials from trusted academic institutions, so you can be sure you’re getting reliable advice. 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
Edinburgh Napier University’s Get Ready guide is written for students coming to university for the first time and 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.
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
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 an Introduction to Computing and Library Services on Moodle, which aims to give students the information they need to get started with Library and IT services.
The University of Leeds has advice on how to develop a search strategy.
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.
Many schools at Edinburgh Napier University follow the American Psychological Association’s (APA) referencing guidelines. It is important to note that different editions are followed. Advice on the 6th edition can be found on the APA Style Blog. Advice on the 7th can be found on the APA’s Style and Grammar Guide.
‘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. Copies of the MHRA’s style guide are available in the library, or students can download a PDF copy, for free, from the MHRA’s 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.