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Quiz

Academic style quiz
A ten question quiz which tests understanding of the different aspects of good academic writing style.

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Academic writing style
This Xerte tutorial is aimed at postgraduate taught level students, and covers how to:
  • structure your work
  • write in an academic style
  • use appropriate academic language
  • revise, edit and proofread what you have written
This tutorial is part of the Writing at Postgraduate Level suite.

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Activity: how to read research critically
Self contained activity testing understanding of critical appraisal of research.

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Adam and Eve cartoon
Adam and Eve cartoon: Cartoon strip with the caption of ‘…with information literacy training we could have researched the hazards of these bloody reptiles!’.

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APA referencing tutorial
A guide to referencing using the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

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Audience response technology
Cartoon with the caption, '...these clicky things are great, but why can't I get Sky Sports?'

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Avoiding plagiarism exercise
A brief exercise containing four questions testing your ability to recognise plagiarism.

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Bias and health research
This online tutorial looks at the reliability of health research and how it is reported in the media. It describes the main causes of bias in health research and uses a case study to evaluate the quality of two pieces of health research covered in the media.

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Bloom’s (1956) taxonomy
An image illustrating Bloom's (1956) taxonomy.

Tutorial

Cardiff Harvard referencing tutorial
This Xerte tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to referencing in the Cardiff Harvard style. Includes examples of ways to reference a wide variety of sources. A PDF guide is also available on the Intranet [Cardiff University Login Required].

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Cephalonian method
Cartoon with the caption, '...I've heard that the Cephalonian Method can transform library orientation, but this is ridiculous!'

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Citing a case
An image describing the components that form the citation of a case.

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Citing an act
An image describing the components that form the citation of an Act.

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Citing and referencing quiz
Test knowledge of citing and referencing with this quiz.

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Citing and referencing: taking the frights out of your cites!
An entertaining and informative video looking at accurate citation and referencing and avoiding plagiarism. Duration: 5 min 46 sec.

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Citing cases and legislation
Test ability to create correctly formatted references in the OSCOLA style. Piece together the fragments of a reference to form a correctly formatted reference.

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Citing flowchart
Should I cite? A flowchart that will help you decide whether you need to cite a particular source of information.

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Citing in the text (APA)
A 'fill in the blanks' exercise to test skills citing references using the APA style within a passage of text.

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Citing in the text (Harvard)
A ‘fill in the blanks’ exercise to test skills citing references within a passage of text using the Cardiff University Harvard style.

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Tutorial

Citing the law (OSCOLA)
A guide to citing the law using the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). The tutorial demonstrates how to cite 'primary' sources of law (i.e. cases and legislation) and how to refer to 'secondary' sources such as books, journals and government reports. A PDF guide is also available on the Intranet [Cardiff University login required].

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Compile the references (APA)
Activity which tests ability to create correctly formatted references in the APA style. Piece together fragments of a reference to form a correctly formatted reference.

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Compile the references (Harvard)
Activity testing ability to create correctly formatted references. Piece together fragments of a reference to form a correctly formatted reference.

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Copycats!
A cartoon showing a photocopying shop called Copycats with a member of staff copying real cats. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Creating a mindmap
A customisable PowerPoint slide featuring an animation of the process of creating a mindmap.

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Creating a search query (magnet board)
An interactive activity which develops skills in composing search queries based upon an example essay title.

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Tutorial

Developing critical arguments
This is a Xerte tutorial aimed at postgraduate taught level students which:
  • explains the difference between descriptive and critical writing
  • explores how to effectively synthesise information from a range of sources, and
  • demonstrates how to form paragraphs that synthesise sources while making your own arguments and opinions clear.
This tutorial is part of the Writing at Postgraduate Level suite.

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Edit, copy, edit, paste
A cartoon image of a student typing at a computer keyboard. Two onlookers comment that she must be working on her research paper. They keep hearing her mutter 'Edit, copy, edit, paste!'. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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EndNote: EndNote and Microsoft Word

The fourth in a series of five Xerte tutorials introducing the main features of the desktop version of EndNote. This tutorial covers citing and referencing in Word using references in your EndNote library and changing the citation style.

Made available under CC licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.

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EndNote: Getting started with EndNote

The first in a series of five Xerte tutorials introducing the main features of the desktop version of EndNote. This tutorial covers installing EndNote and creating your own EndNote Library.

Made available under CC licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.

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EndNote: Searching databases and importing references

The second in a series of five Xerte tutorials introducing the main features of the desktop version of EndNote. This tutorial covers exporting references from bibliographic databases and manually adding references from other sources.

Made available under CC licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.

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EndNote: Using EndNote at home

The final in a series of five Xerte tutorials introducing the main features of the desktop version of EndNote. This tutorial introduces EndNote Online and covers how to synchronise your references between the desktop and online versions.

Made available under CC licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.

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EndNote: Working with your EndNote references

The third in a series of five Xerte tutorials introducing the main features of the desktop version of EndNote. This tutorial covers organising and searching your EndNote library as well as adding and annotating PDFs.

Made available under CC licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.

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Evaluating information flowchart
A flowchart that leads step by step through a process of evaluating information from websites.

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Evaluating information tutorial
Not all information is good quality and so how do you decide whether or not to include it? This tutorial will introduce key criteria for evaluating the quality of information.

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Evaluating online information
Features useful tips and advice on using the web critically and selectively when preparing academic work. Duration: 5 min 53 sec.

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Evaluating the evidence: assessing the quality of your sources
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form students, focuses on techniques for assessing the quality of sources of information. This tutorial is part of the Evaluating the Evidence Suite created to support schools offering the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.

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Evaluating the evidence: critically reading your sources
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form students, focuses on approaches to critically reading information to determine the credibility and validity of arguments. This tutorial is part of the Evaluating the Evidence Suite created to support schools offering the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.

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Evaluating the evidence: finding good quality information online
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form students, covers: defining the scope of your research topic, search techniques for getting the best out of Google and search tools and web sites for finding good quality, freely available, information. This tutorial is part of the Evaluating the Evidence Suite created to support schools offering the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.

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Evidence pyramid
When searching for information on a particular health question, the evidence pyramid will help with determining which pieces of evidence are the best quality. The evidence pyramid can be downloaded within an explanatory handout or as an image. It can accessed online via Xerte by following the Preview link.

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Finding and using eBooks
This video demonstrates how to find and use academic eBooks at Cardiff University, concentrating on using the main eBooks platform - Dawsonera.

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Finding appropriate sources
This Xerte tutorial is aimed at postgraduate taught level students. It covers:
  • planning a search
  • identifying the key information resources to use
  • effective search techniques
  • how to access full text of documents online, and
  • how to use databases to keep up to date with new publications
If you are not a member of Cardiff University and would like to re-purpose content from this tutorial, please contact ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Finding information

The University Library Service's quick video with top tips on finding information for your studies using the electronic resources available at Cardiff University. It can also be found on YouTube in English and Welsh.

A transcript is available.

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Finding items on your reading list

Video giving top tips on finding items on a reading list. The video can also be found on YouTube in English and Welsh.

A transcript is available.

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Finding the law
Guidance on the key sources for finding information for law research.

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Get all the information you can…
A cartoon image showing two people talking to each other within an office environment, one employee is on the phone. A speech caption reads "Get all the information you can, we'll think of a use for it later". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Google Scholar – top 5 tips

This video shows 5 top tips for getting the best out of Google Scholar. This video can also be found on YouTube in English and Welsh.

A transcript is also available.

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How to access journals from off-campus using Google Scholar
This video shows how to access journals from off-campus using Google Scholar. It can also be found on YouTube.

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How to avoid plagiarism: 5 top tips
This video provides advice for students on common errors in citing & referencing and some tips on how to avoid charges of plagiarism. The video can also be found on YouTube. A transcript is provided.

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How to quote from another author
Short Flash animation showing how to take a direct quote from another author's work

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How to read research critically: an introduction
A brief self-paced tutorial that introduces the concept of critically evaluating research.

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How would you reference this book? (Cardiff Harvard style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Cardiff Harvard referencing style.

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How would you reference this book? (MHRA style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) referencing style.

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How would you reference this book? (Vancouver style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Vancouver referencing style.

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I didn’t understand that part either!
A cartoon image of a teacher consulting a student about an essay. The student hints that he has plagiarised some of the text. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Quiz

Identify the source quiz
Look at the references and decide which type of material is being described in each case.

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Identifying the key ideas to research
An activity to help identify key ideas or concepts before beginning research.

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Internet plagiarism
A cartoon image with one character reading a report titled 'Report on plagiarism', with the caption: "You've copied all this off the internet...". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Is it plagiarism? quiz
Test knowledge of plagiarism with this quiz.

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Is plagiarism serious?
Cartoon: "Someone told me it's not plagiarism if they're dead". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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JK Rowling cartoon
Cartoon: "You can't claim JK Rowling plagiarised you simply because you both use 'because' and 'too' on page 258!". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Kolb’s (1984) learning cycle
An image illustrating Kolb's (1984) learning cycle.

Tutorial

Library toolkit for health
Covers key information skills required whilst studying a subject in Health at Cardiff University.

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LibrarySearch: Articles & More

Video showing how to access and use LibrarySearch Articles & More to find journal articles and more for assignments and research. The video can also be found on YouTube.

A transcript is available.

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Listening tutorial
A self-paced Xerte tutorial that introduces skills and techniques for effective listening.

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Literature searching cycle
Image illustrating the literature searching cycle.

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Lots to do!
A cartoon image of one character sat next to a large pile of papers beginning to write a new document. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Tutorial

Making your online identity count: Build your online profile
The second of two tutorials that explores how you can develop an effective online identity tailored for a professional environment. This tutorial will help you identify appropriate online tools to build and develop your professional profile. It also covers how to establish useful professional networks, interact effectively in online communities, and manage, organise and connect your online profiles to keep them up-to-date.

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Making your online identity count: Know your digital footprint
The first of two tutorials that explores how you can develop an effective, professional online identity. This tutorial discusses why an effective online identity matters in professional life, helps you review your digital footprint, and highlights areas where you may want to make changes.

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Concept map

Managing content concept map
Presents key practices associated with content management and links to useful tools.

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Manipulating content concept map
Overview of key practices associated with manipulating content and related tools.

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Podcast

Meeting the deadline
The final episode of the Student Survival Guide to Writing a Good Essay podcast series features advice from students and the Student Counselling Service about avoiding procrastination, managing stress and working to a deadline. To download a copy of the podcast, right-click on the Preview link and select Save target/link as..

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Mentimeter poll results chart

Mentimeter Poll chart showing results of a vote on the question "Is it plagiarism if you use the ideas of another author without providing a reference, but you write them in your own words?" The chart shows that 57 respondents voted "Yes" and 8 voted "No".

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Tutorial

MHRA referencing tutorial

This Xerte tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to referencing in the MHRA style. It includes examples of ways to reference a wide variety of sources.

A PDF guide is also available on the Intranet (a Cardiff University login is required).

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My roommate gave me permission
A cartoon image of a student and teacher talking about the student’s paper. The student comments that his work can’t be plagiarised as his roommate gave him permission to use his work without citing him! A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Neutral citation
An image describing the components that form a neutral citation.

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Tutorial

Notemaking: reading, lectures & revision
Xerte tutorial, produced in partnership with Careers and Employability, offering strategies for effective notemaking.

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Plagiarism and how to avoid it
Produced by Epigeum, a consortium of 16 universities, this lengthier tutorial explains what is meant by plagiarism, using video and audio clips, quizzes and exercises. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Plagiarism of cartoons
A cartoon image with one character chasing another who looks to have just stolen the first character's thought bubble! The caption reads "Hey!! That's my idea". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Plagiarism vs good academic practice
This tutorial looks at plagiarism and how you can good academic practices to avoid it. The Xerte tutorial was created by Karl Drinkwater, Information Services, Aberystwyth University. This tutorial is written in Welsh.

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Plagiarism: why you should avoid it
Cardiff University lecturer, Dr Stephen Rutherford, talks about plagiarism and why you should avoid it.

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Proofreading activity
This activity demonstrates the importance of proofreading work prior to submission. Students are presented with a paragraph of text and are asked to identify six errors, which include simple spelling mistakes, typos and homophones.

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Podcast

Quality control: information to use and avoid
This second episode of the Student Survival Guide to Writing a Good Essay podcast series includes advice from lecturers and librarians on how to determine whether sources of information are suitable for academic work. To download a copy of the podcast, right-click on the Preview link and select Save target/link as..

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Reference format quiz
Test understanding of how to reference different types of material in Cardiff University Harvard style.

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Rote vs. deep learning
Image comparing rote learning and deep learning.

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Stealing ideas
A cartoon image with one character in a guillotine and another about to set the blade free, with the caption: "It's not the same. I was caught stealing office supplies. You, on the other hand, got caught stealing ideas". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Strictly web fed cartoon
A cartoon image showing a school pupil talking to his teacher in a classroom. The teacher is holding some textbooks. A caption reads “No textbooks. I’m strictly Web-fed". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Synthesis activity
This activity asks students to write a paragraph using information, evidence, or opinions from a selection of different sources. The aim is to help students develop their skills in synthesising information in order to support their arguments.

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This page is still under construction
A cartoon image showing a man reading a library book, the book is open in his hands. The text on the page of the book reads “This page is still under construction”. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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To cite or not to cite
An image using the adapted line from Shakespeare's Hamlet - To cite or not to cite....

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To Google or not to Google cartoon
Cartoon with the caption '…To Google or not to Google that is the question.'

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Tools for communicating concept map
Concept map showing key practices associated with collaborating and communicating online with links to relevant tools.

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Tools for finding online content concept map
Concept map showing key practices associated with finding online content together with links to relevant tools.

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Tools for producing content concept map
Concept map showing key practices associated with producing content together with links to relevant tools.

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Tools for sharing content concept map
A concept map showing the main practices associated with sharing content together with links to relevant tools.

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Top tips on searching Google

A selection of simple tips and tricks to improve the accuracy and relevance of your results when searching via this popular search engine.

The video is also available on YouTube in Welsh and English.

A transcript is available.

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Top tips on using the library
Current students dispense handy hints and useful advice in English and Welsh about library resources and services. Aimed especially at new students. A transcript is available.

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Understanding synthesis quiz (biosciences)
A quiz and activity to help students understand what is meant by synthesis. It also demonstrates how a student can form paragraphs that synthesise sources while making their own arguments and opinions clear.

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Understanding synthesis quiz (social sciences)
A quiz and activity to help students understand what is meant by synthesis. It also demonstrates how a student can form paragraphs that synthesise sources while making their own arguments and opinions clear.

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Tutorial

Understanding your assessment task
This is a Xerte tutorial aimed at postgraduate taught level students. It covers:
  • why we have assessment criteria
  • what is expected of you when completing an assignment
  • how to approach an assignment question, and
  • how to plan your writing and research.
This tutorial is part of the Writing at Postgraduate Level suite.

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Using reliable sources
This short video suggests a range of good quality, freely available, online sources for finding reliable healthcare-related information. A transcript is available.

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Vancouver referencing tutorial
This Xerte tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to referencing in the Vancouver style. It includes examples of ways to reference a wide variety of sources. A PDF guide is also available on the Intranet [Cardiff University Login Required].

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Web page evaluation checklist
Evaluate the information presented on a web page using this web page evaluation checklist.

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Podcast

What makes a good essay?
This first episode from the Student Survival Guide to Writing a Good Essay audio podcast series provides advice from lecturers and students on the hallmarks of a good essay. To download a copy of the podcast, right-click on the Preview link and select Save target/link as..

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What to do with information
A cartoon image showing an information desk with two signs above it. The first reads 'Information', the second reads 'What to do with it'. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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When to cite exercise
A drag and drop exercise in which knowledge of when to cite work of others is tested.

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Which report do I cite?
Test understanding of OSCOLA citations with this short activity.

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Tutorial

Why, when and how: citing and referencing
This Xerte tutorial covers:
  • what citing and referencing mean, and why they are important
  • what plagiarism and collusion mean and what actions are viewed as plagiarism or collusion
  • how to use others' research in your own work
  • how to correctly cite and reference other's work using the style recommended by your School
You can find more information specifically relating to the Cardiff Harvard, MHRA and Vancouver referencing styles, including step-by-step tutorials here.

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Wikipedia cartoon
Cartoon strip in which a student is amending Wikipedia to match his coursework submission. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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Writer’s block plagiarism
A cartoon image depicting a doctor and patient. A cure for writer’s block has been found but a side effect is plagiarism. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.

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