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Welcome to the Information Skills guideImage of a collage of post-it notes

This guide provides information and support that will help you find important resources you will be expected to use during your university study.

Managing Information
There are three stages associated with information management:

1. Gathering the right amount of relevant resources
2. Organising your resources so that both texts and annotations/notes can be easily located and used
3. Communicating the information, including your findings and opinions to others effectively and ethically

Awareness of the different types of information sources available will help you make the best use of our resources.  Learning Services at University of Suffolk provides students with access to relevant resources through a number of Subject Guides related to your course.

More information about the different types of information sources and how to search for them is available under the Information Sources tab

Planning your search

Before you begin your search, it will be important to consider the following:

  • Know your topic
  • Focus your research by identifying the key terms you want to address from your assignment title
  • Consider alternative search words
  • How to broaden or narrow your search
  • Where you plan to search for information

It is also a good idea to have a look at our Searching for Information tab.

Stack of booksIt's important to know about the different types of information available to you as a student at University of Suffolk, including:

  • Books / eBooks
  • Journals
  • Databases
  • Audio / Visual
  • Websites

Have a look at our Information Sources tab for more information.

Reading Lists

It's also a good idea to have a look at your module reading lists.  These will provide you with a good starting point for accessing the resources you'll need in order to gather information, however, it is also a good idea to investigate some of the wider resources available to you.  Information about additional resources can be found in your Subject Guide.

Information about how to make the best use of your resource list can be found under the Using your Reading /Resource list tab.

Once you've gathered and organised your information, you will need to demonstrate your ability to effectively present or communicate it.  This may be done through:

  • Literature Reviews
  • Critical Analysis - click here for more about CA in the nursing and health disciplines 
  • Systematic Reviews - click here for more about systematic reviews 

Developing good writing skills will help you express your findings. Click here for more help

You'll also need to ensure you are properly Referencing your resources so that others can see where your information is coming from.

RefWorks enables you to collect all your references in one place, together with any other files such as full-text pdfs, and then create citations and full references for any assignment, according to the required reference styles. This resource is available online and can be used anywhere.

Click here for more information about RefWorks and how to set up an account.

These resources may be helpful to support you with searching for materials.