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Searching for journal literature
A short online tutorial aimed at introducing key search techniques and resources for finding journal literature.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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: 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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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: 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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Notemaking: reading, lectures & revision
Xerte tutorial, produced in partnership with Careers and Employability, offering strategies for effective notemaking.
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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: 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: 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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Listening tutorial
A self-paced Xerte tutorial that introduces skills and techniques for effective listening.
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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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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.
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