Study Skills Resources

The Library, along with the ALLaNS team, have recently located and purchased a fantastic collection of new resources to help students with the many aspects involved in academic success. The new resources, including eBooks, physical books and videos, cover many topics and are well worth checking out. Why not browse the links below to see if there is anything that can help you with your writing:

Academic Writing Resources

Jeanne Godfrey

A fundamental part of writing at university is using what you read in your work. Your lecturers may ask you to be critical, original and to put what you read into your own words. You will also be told not to plagiarise. What does all this actually mean? Find the answer to this and much more in this title.

Richard Kallan
Outlines the principles of effective composition by focusing on the
essential skill set and mindset every successful writer must possess, and provides readers with unique strategies for crafting and revising their writing.
Critical Thinking & Reading Resources

Stuart Hanscombe
This book supports the reader in understanding and developing the
knowledge and skills needed to avoid poor reasoning, reconstruct and
evaluate arguments, and engage constructively in dialogues. With discussion questions/exercises and suggestions for further reading
at the end of each chapter, this book is an essential read for
students approaching the field of critical thinking for the first time.
Robert DiYanni and Anton Borst
This volume describes strategies educators have successfully executed to
develop critical reading skills in students studying the humanities. The lifelong benefits of strong critical reading skills are undeniable, and students with properly developed critical reading skills are confident
learners with an enriched understanding of the world around them.
Digital Communication Resources

Kendra N. Bryant
A pivotal reference source for the latest research on the integration
of social media platforms into academic writing classes, focusing on how
such technology encourages writing and enables students to grasp basic
composition skills in classroom settings. This book highlights emerging theoretical foundations and pedagogical practices.
Jeremy Hyler
This practical book reveals how digital tools and social media – a natural part of students’
lives – can make grammar instruction more authentic, relevant, and
effective in today’s world. Each chapter contains examples, screenshots, strategies and instructions to help you implement the ideas discussed.

English as a second language

Adrian Wallwork
With easy-to-follow rules and tips, and with examples taken from
published and unpublished papers, this book will show you how to: prepare and
structure a manuscript, write a title and an abstract that will attract attention, help you write concisely in english to increase readability and reduce redundancy, and structure each sentence and paragraph so the reader can easily follow the
logical build-up towards your conclusions. 
Hayo Reinders
Covers a diverse range of topics such as :
– Academic and technical vocabulary
– Academic presentations and small group learning
– Principles of Academic Writing and essay writing processes
– Communicating with Lecturers


The Bedford Handbook
Diana Hacker

An indispensable classroom and reference tool. Now with the strongest coverage of research writing in a
full-sized handbook, this book helps students meet one of the
core challenges of academic writing: maintaining their own voice while
writing from sources. With innovative tips from
writing centre tutors, sound advice for writing across the curriculum,
and substantially more help for writing with and writing about visuals.

The blue book of grammar and punctuation
Jane Strauss

A concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar,
punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple
explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful
examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to
help teach grammar to students of all ages.

Public Speaking

Giving academic presentations
Susan M. Reinhart

Provides guidance on academic-style presentations for university students. A goal of the text is to make presenters aware that giving an effective academic presentation requires mastery of a broad range of skills. Topics addressed in the book are: making introductions, describing and comparing objects, explaining a process, defining a concept, and giving a problem-solution speech.

How to present : the ultimate guide to presenting your ideas and influencing people using techniques that actually work

Michelle Bowden

Reveals how you can be a confident, clear and influential presenter every time. Presentation skills expert Michelle Bowden shares her 13-step system to exceptional presenting, starting with analysis (plan what you would like to achieve), then design (put your presentation together) and delivery (communicate your message for results). This is the essential guide to becoming an outstanding presenter.

If you would like to borrow any of these resources – just follow the links to either read online, or borrow the physical item. You can also use the shelf browse option in the Primo search record for each title, and find other great resource’s on the same topic. Remember, if you need help with academic writing, building literacy and numeracy skills, or assignment feedback – contact the ALLaNS team for great advice and assistance. You can also contact us at the Library if you need help with finding resources for your study.