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How to Undertake a Literature Search and Review: for dissertations and final year projects

If you are undertaking research for a project or dissertation, you will find that you will need to do a literature review, based on the findings of your literature search. This guide is mainly about the literature search process, but there are also some suggestions on how you might structure your literature review.

Harvard system of referencing

Advice and examples on how to correctly cite your sources.

Guide to Essay Writing

Writing an essay is an opportunity to learn your material and to show what you know. It is an opportunity to read more widely around a subject area, extend your knowledge and reflect upon what you have learned. This may seem a daunting task but there are practical steps which you can take to help you through this process. This guide will take you through these steps and help you on your way to producing a good essay.

De Montfort University Guidelines for Students on Proof Reading

Writing that is well structured, well presented and free of errors is impressive in any context. No matter how hard you’ve worked to produce an essay, report or presentation, if it contains errors and looks sloppy, your ideas are unlikely to be taken seriously.

Writing quiz

Improve your writing skills with our online tool which tests your understanding of grammar, punctuation and style.

The IEEE system of referencing

This is a guide to the IEEE system but you should always check your course handbook and/or module outline for any further guidance, as your lecturers may prefer a different style of referencing.

Information Source Evaluation Matrix

The Information Source Evaluation Matrix is a tool to help you assess the value of journal articles, books, websites, images, and any other form of information within the context of a specific task i.e. an assignment.


Develop your referencing skills with this tutorial.

Staff guidelines on proof reading

Proof reading is the final part of the editing process, and as such is an integral element of the process of producing academic writing.