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Resource title and description Type
Adding References to your Mendeley Library
This is the second in a series of tutorials written to help you learn how to use Mendeley. This tutorial assumes that you have already installed Mendeley. If you have not yet installed Mendeley, please work through the first tutorial. This tutorial will show you how to:
  • find appropriate bibliographic databases for your subject
  • search for and export references via LibrarySearch, Google Scholar and Scopus
  • use Mendely web importer
  • import references from other reference managers
  • add references from PDFs
  • add references manually
Mendeley Reference Manager: Working with your references
This is the third in a series of tutorials to help you learn how to make use of the reference management software, Mendeley. This tutorial assumes that you already have some references in your Mendeley library. If you do not have any references in your library, please work through the second tutorial which covers  Adding references to Mendeley. This tutorial will show you how to:
  • Organise, search, and edit your references
  • Annotate PDFs and use Notebook
Web of Science citation alerts
Video guide on how to set up citation alerts in Web of Science. A transcript is also available to download. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.  
Web of Science keyword alerts
Video guide on how to set up keyword alerts in Web of Science. A transcript is also available to download. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Critically appraising for antiracism: recognising racial bias in research
This tutorial provides:
  • Awareness of the issues and consequences of underrepresentation of minoritised ethnic populations in research
  • Awareness of the difference between race and genetic ancestry and how this relates to research
Scopus keyword alerts
Video guide on how to set up keyword alerts in Scopus. A transcript is also available to download. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Video
Scopus citation alerts
Video guide on how to set up citation alerts in Scopus. A transcript is also available to download. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Google Scholar keyword alerts
Video guide on how to set up keyword alerts in Google Scholar. A transcript is also available to download. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Searching with keywords in Scopus
Video introduction on how to search with keywords in Scopus. A transcript is also available to download. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Using filters in LibrarySearch
Video introduction on how to use filters in LibrarySearch. A transcript is also available to download. Other videos on this topic include:
  • Your LibrarySearch Account
  • Virtual browsing in LibrarySearch
  • Researching your topic using LibrarySearch
  • Requesting items in LibrarySearch
You can find a playlist for our LibrarySearch guides on YouTube.
Researching your topic using LibrarySearch
Video introduction on how to use LibrarySearch to research your topic. A transcript is also available to download.
Using databases: basics
Video introduction on how to navigate using databases. The video can also be found on YouTube. A transcript is also available. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Using databases: accessing full text
Video introduction on how to access full texts when using databases. The video can also be found on YouTube. A transcript is also available. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Accessing British standards online
Video introduction on how to access British standard online. The video can also be found on YouTube. A transcript is also available. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Video
EndNote Desktop for evidence reviews
This tutorial is for anyone using EndNote to assist with undertaking an evidence review (e.g. systematic review, scoping review, rapid review etc.). In this tutorial we cover the following steps:
  • Importing your references into EndNote with all the required data
  • Working with the references within your EndNote library for the purposes of undertaking a review
  • Using EndNote to double screen titles/abstracts/full text
Made available under Creative Commons licence with permission from Clarivate Analytics.
Reading and critically analysing a journal article
This tutorial will discuss how to read and critically analyse an academic journal article. This tutorial will:
  • Explain the broad categorisations of journal articles
  • Explain/outline the peer review process whereby an article is submitted for scholarly evaluation by experts
  • Suggest questions you need to ask when reading and critically analysing a journal article
  • Provide practical tips to facilitate the effective reading and critical analysis of an article
What is a journal article?
This tutorial is an introduction to journal articles; what are they, why are they needed and how authors contribute. This tutorial will:
  • Provide an overview of some of the research process which goes into writing and publishing journal articles
  • Explain how journal articles are constructed
  • Explain why journal articles are constructed in this way
Study techniques to help you avoid plagiarism
This video provides advice for students with tips on how to avoid charges of plagiarism. The video can also be found on YouTube.
IEEE style referencing tutorial
This Xerte tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to referencing in the IEEE referencing 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].
Reflective thinking and writing
A guide to help you develop your reflective practice. In this tutorial we are going to help you:
  • Understand what reflective practice is and why it's important
  • Identify when reflective practices can be useful
  • Implement reflective practice techniques (based on established reflective models and theory)
  • Develop your reflective writing, for both your academic work and your career
Critical reading and thinking
A guide to help you apply critical reading and thinking strategies to your academic work. By working through this tutorial, you should be able to:
    • Develop your understanding of thinking, reading, and writing critically.
    • Use strategies to select your reading.
    • Understand the Critical Thinking Model and apply it to your academic work.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Searching beyond your reading list using LibrarySearch
A short online tutorial aimed at introducing key search techniques for researching a topic via LibrarySearch.
Searching beyond your reading list using journal databases
A short online tutorial aimed at introducing key search techniques and resources for finding journal literature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Citing and referencing quiz
Test knowledge of citing and referencing with this 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. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
How would you reference this book? (Vancouver style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Vancouver referencing style. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
How would you reference this book? (Cardiff Harvard style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Cardiff Harvard referencing style. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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].
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).

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.
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].
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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Effective notemaking
Strategies for taking and making notes to support your studies.
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.
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.

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.

When to cite exercise
A drag and drop exercise in which knowledge of when to cite work of others is tested.
Is it plagiarism? quiz
Test your knowledge of plagiarism with this 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.  
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.
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. If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
Neutral citation
An image describing the components that form a neutral citation in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reference format quiz (Harvard)
Test understanding of how to reference different types of material in Cardiff University Harvard style.
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.
Should I cite? flowchart
Should I cite? A flowchart that will help you decide whether you need to cite a particular source of information.
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.
Google Scholar – How to access journals off-campus
This video shows how to access journals while off-campus using Google Scholar.
Google Scholar – Essential tips
This video shows 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 your reference management software
If you would like to repurpose this video for your own teaching, please contact us via ilrb@cardiff.ac.uk to request a package of the source video files.
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.
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.