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Academic Skills Online

These online tutorials are designed to help you develop the academic skills you will need whilst studying at Goldsmiths.

Researching and using the Library 

The term information is often used in an academic context to refer to the sources you'll need to use in essays, assignments and creative projects, to back up your arguments and inform your thinking. Learning how to effectively and efficiently find the information that you will need is an important part of the research process

Your first port of call is likely to be Goldsmiths Library, where you can explore both print and online collections. The instructions, quizzes and demos in this section, Researching and Using the Library, will guide you through the key skills and knowledge you'll need to get started. 

The Information Universe

There is a vast “Information Universe” out there containing different kinds of information sources such as books, images, podcasts, DVDs, websites, journal articles.....the list is extensive.The value to you of each type of source, and the information contained, will vary depending on your particular assignment and the subject area you are studying.

Hover over the hotspots to find out about different kinds of information. 

The next step

Once you are familiar with the variety of different kinds of information available the next step is to locate the relevant information sources for your studies. Move on to the next section to find out how to use Goldsmiths Library's online search tool, Library Search.