Concept map

Resource title and description Type
Critical Appraisal – Identifying Study Design
In order to critically appraise research, students need to be able to identify the study type they are appraising. This quiz can help to test understanding of the different types of study design.
Quiz
Critical appraisal – Identifying biases
This short quiz tests a student's understanding of the different types of bias that can affect the reliability of research.
Quiz
Critical appraisal

An interactive tutorial which teaches students how to think critically about research and research methodology. It gives students the opportunity to:

  • identify different types of bias
  • identify study designs
  • use critical appraisal checklists.
Tutorial
Delivering your presentation

This interactive tutorial looks at how to handle anxiety and deliver a presentation with confidence. It also explores effective speaking techniques and body language.

This resource is part of the Surviving your presentations series of tutorials, which guide students through the whole process of creating and delivering presentations.

Tutorial
Planning and writing your presentation

This interactive tutorial looks at how to define the purpose and key messages of a presentation. It also looks at how to structure, write, and edit the content of a presentation.

This resource is part of the Surviving your presentations series of tutorials, which guide students through the whole process of creating and delivering presentations.

Tutorial
Designing your presentation

This interactive tutorial will help students to identify appropriate tools for developing visual aids, as well as showing how to use text, images, charts and other multimedia elements effectively.

This resource is part of the Surviving your presentations series of tutorials, which guide students through the whole process of creating and delivering presentations.

Tutorial
Understanding presentations

This interactive tutorial looks at different types of presentation and their purpose. It also outlines the process of writing and delivering a presentation.

This resource is part of the Surviving your presentations series of tutorials, which guide students through the whole process of creating and delivering presentations.

Tutorial
Surviving your presentations

This series of four interactive tutorials will guide students through the process of writing, designing, then delivering a presentation. It includes the following tutorials:

Each tutorial can be used as a standalone resource or worked through as part of the Surviving your presentations series.

Tutorial
Essay survival guide

This is a series of six interactive tutorials aimed at undergraduates. It guides students through the whole process of writing an academic essay.

It includes the following tutorials:

Each tutorial can be used as a standalone resource or worked through as part of the Essay survival guide series.

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Editing and reviewing

This interactive tutorial guides students through the process of editing and review their essay. It includes activities that allow them to practice reviewing content and structure as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.

This resource is part of the Essay survival guide series of tutorials written for undergraduate students.

Tutorial
Writing critically and structuring your essay

This interactive tutorial gives a comprehensive guide to writing the first draft of an essay and writing in an academic style. It explores how to write critically and use evidence appropriately. It also looks at essay structure, paragraph structure, and how to write effective sentences.

This resource is part of the Essay survival guide series of tutorials written for undergraduate students.

Tutorial
Developing your ideas

This interactive tutorial looks at how students can use their research to develop their own ideas and arguments. It guides them through the process of gathering their ideas, creating a clear argument, and organising and structuring their ideas into an essay outline

This resource is part of the Essay survival guide series of tutorials written for undergraduate students.

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Researching and reading critically

This interactive tutorial gives an overview of how to research and read critically when preparing to write an essay. It guides students through the process of identifying what to search for, how and where to search, and how to critically read and evaluate the quality of the information they find.

This resource is part of the Essay survival guide series of tutorials written for undergraduate students.

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Interpreting the question

This interactive tutorial guides students through the process of interpreting their essay title. It looks at directional verbs and key words as well as examining the assessment criteria.

This resource is part of the Essay survival guide series of tutorials written for undergraduate students

Tutorial
Understanding essays

This interactive tutorial looks at what essays are, why we write them, and what is involved in writing an essay.

This resource is part of the Essay survival guide series of tutorials written for undergraduate students.

Tutorial
EndNote Online: Using EndNote Online with Microsoft Word
This tutorial will show you how to:
  • set up Word to work with EndNote online
  • insert and remove citations in your Word documents
  • edit how citations are displayed
  • change the citation style.
Made available under Creative Commons licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.
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EndNote Online: Working with your library
This tutorial will show you how to:
  • organise your references into groups
  • share groups with other users
  • edit, delete and find duplicate references
  • create a standalone bibliography.
Made available under Creative Commons licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.
Tutorial
EndNote Online: Adding references to your EndNote Online library
This tutorial will show you how to:
  • find appropriate bibliographic databases
  • search for and export references from various databases
  • import references into your library
  • manually add references to you library.
Made available under Creative Commons licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.
Tutorial
EndNote Online: Getting Started
This tutorial will guide you through the process of:
  • registering for an EndNote Online account
  • logging into EndNote Online
  • installing plugins so you can insert citations in Microsoft Word
  • setting up the referencing styles you will need.
Made available under Creative Commons licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics
Tutorial
Choosing quality sources for your academic work
In this tutorial you will find information about how to evaluate information, read critically, and determine the credibility of the information you have found in order to select the most appropriate and reliable sources for your academic work.
Tutorial
Searching beyond your reading list using LibrarySearch
A short online tutorial aimed at introducing key search techniques for researching a topic via LibrarySearch.
Tutorial
Searching beyond your reading list using journal databases
A short online tutorial aimed at introducing key search techniques and resources for finding journal literature.
Tutorial
Citation examples (OSCOLA)
An interactive activity describing the components that form the citation of an Act, the citation of an case, and a neutral citation in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
Activity
Keeping your research up-to-date
This tutorial guides you through the basic procedures for optimising current awareness in your research field. It demonstrates how to set up various types of alerts and highlights a range of other tools and resources to ensure you keep up to date efficiently and effectively.
Tutorial
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.
Quiz
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.
Quiz
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.
Activity
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.
Activity
Academic style quiz
A ten question quiz which tests understanding of the different aspects of good academic writing style.
Quiz
Identifying the key ideas to research
An activity to help identify key ideas or concepts before beginning research.
Activity
Citing and referencing quiz
Test knowledge of citing and referencing with this quiz.
Quiz
Literature searching cycle
Image illustrating the literature searching cycle.
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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.
Video
How would you reference this book? (Vancouver style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Vancouver referencing style.
Video
How would you reference this book? (Cardiff Harvard style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Cardiff Harvard referencing style.
Video
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.
Tutorial
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.
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.
Tutorial
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.
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.
Tutorial
Avoiding plagiarism: 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.
Tutorial
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.
Video
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].
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).

Tutorial
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 View link.

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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].
Tutorial
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
Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
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.

Tutorial
Effective notemaking
Strategies for taking and making notes to support your studies.
Tutorial
Evaluating the evidence: critically reading your sources
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form and further education 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.
Tutorial
Evaluating the evidence: assessing the quality of your sources
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form and further education 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.
Tutorial
Evaluating the evidence: finding good quality information online
This Xerte tutorial, aimed at 6th form and further education 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.
Tutorial
When to cite exercise
A drag and drop exercise in which knowledge of when to cite work of others is tested.
Activity
Is it plagiarism? quiz
Test your knowledge of plagiarism with this quiz.
Quiz
Avoiding plagiarism exercise
A brief exercise containing four questions testing your ability to recognise plagiarism.
Activity
Plagiarism: why you should avoid it

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

A transcript is also available.

Video
Evaluating information
This tutorial is aimed at postgraduate taught level students. It covers:
  • Why you should evaluate information
  • How to establish the credibility of the information you have found
  • Techniques for critically reading your sources
  • How to select information that contributes effectively to your assignment
This tutorial is part of the Writing at Postgraduate Level suite.
Tutorial
Evaluating information flowchart
A flowchart that leads step by step through a process of evaluating information from websites.
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Google search tips

A selection of simple tips and tricks to improve the accuracy and relevance of your results when searching via Google.

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

A transcript is available.

Video
Neutral citation
An image describing the components that form a neutral citation in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
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Citing an act
An image describing the components that form the citation of an Act in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
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Citing a case
An image describing the components that form the citation of a case in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
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Which report do I cite?
Test understanding of OSCOLA citations with this short activity.
Quiz
Compile the references (OSCOLA)
Test ability to create correctly formatted references in the OSCOLA style. Piece together the fragments of a reference to form a correctly formatted reference.
Activity
Citing the law: referencing using 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.
Tutorial
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.
Activity
Compile the references (Harvard)
Activity testing ability to create correctly formatted references in the Cardiff Harvard style. Piece together the different elements of a reference to form a correctly formatted reference.
Activity
Reference format quiz (Harvard)
Test understanding of how to reference different types of material in Cardiff University Harvard style.
Quiz
Identify the source quiz (Harvard)
Look at the references formatted in the Cardiff Harvard style and decide which type of material is being described in each case.
Quiz
Should I cite? 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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Creating a mindmap
A customisable PowerPoint slide featuring an example of how you can create a mindmap to help plan a search for information on a topic.
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Google Scholar – How to access journals off-campus

This video shows how to access journals while off-campus using Google Scholar.

Video
Google Scholar – Five top tips
This video shows five top tips for getting the best out of Google Scholar:
  • Tip 1 - How to focus your search
  • Tip 2 - How to access the full text
  • Tip 3 - How to set up email alerts
  • Tip 4 - How to use the "Cited by" links
  • Tip 5 - How to set up the "Import into EndNote" links
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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.

An accompanying text guide is available.

Video
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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