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Finding and analysing quality information

Searching and critical analysis

As you move on through your studies, your searching and analytical skills will need to become more sophisticated. You will be expected to search beyond Discovery and Google and use some of the databases identified on your library subject guide. You will also need to critically analyse and interpret research, data and statistics.

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  • Searching: an introduction:
    • Learn how to search more effectively by finding key terms for your topic and combining them correctly.
  • Structured searching for health students (using CINAHL and other databases):
    • Aimed at health students who need to carry out a structured search. It covers planning the search, using a framework such as PICO/PIO/PEO and searching using boolean operators and advanced techniques.
  • Structured searching using PIO (for Social Sciences, Humanities and Law students):
    • May be of particular use to students on Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and Education courses who are undertaking a secondary research dissertation or research proposal.
  • Keeping up to date:
    • Save yourself time and effort by learning how to set up alerts and RSS feeds from  online databases and journals.  
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Critical Analysis

  • Facts matter:
    • Learn how to become a more discerning reader and viewer of news media.
  • Critical thinking:
    • Critical thinking is an essential skill at University as it helps you to analyse and assess information. Resources on this guide introduce the key aspects of critical thinking.
  • Critical appraisal for health students:
    • Aimed at health students who are required to undertake critical appraisal of research. It provides basic level support for appraising qualitative and quantitative research papers. It's designed for students who have already attended lectures on critical appraisal.
  • Quantitative data collection and analysis (including SPSS):
    • Quantitative research is concerned with gathering and interpreting numerical data. This data can be ranked (ordered), measured or categorised through statistical analysis.
  • Installing SPSS:
    • ITDS instructions on how to download the latest version of SPSS for PC/MAC including the License code please follow the Self Support links at the bottom of this page.

Academic skills for specific subjects

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Maths, Science and Engineering

Support for assessments and exams

As you progress through your course you will need to develop your academic skills. You may have to:

  • write in different academic styles
  • give presentations
  • carry out more complex literature searches
  • be more critical and analytical in your writing and with the information you find and use
  • prepare for and sit exams

The resources on this page are designed to help you with this.

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Before you submit your assignment

  • Check your Referencing:
    • You need to learn how to reference accurately in order to acknowledge your sources and to demonstrate that your writing is based on evidence. 
  • Use Check Your Work for Plagiarism before submitting an assignment:
    • Students can use this to check the originality of their assignment before submitting the final version.
    • To access it, click on 'Organisations' in the left hand menu of the Blackboard Ultra home screen. 
    • The checker provides students with a similarity report. A high score indicates a high level of detected plagiarism, and a low score a low level of detected plagiarism.
    • There is more in-depth guidance on the ‘Check You Work for Plagiarism’ page.
    • You can only add one piece of work at a time, if you need to keep your Similarity Report please download or print it before uploading another document.
    • Uploading a document to Check Your Work for Plagiarism will not cause a match when you upload the same document for a real assignment

Getting the most out of your time at university


Succeed@Tees is a series of informal workshops:

  • There is an online guide for each workshop
  • Some workshops are recorded so you can watch them at your convenience
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There are bookable 1:1 tutorials available to help with a range of skills:

  • Academic writing and study skills support   
  • Support with finding information for your assignments
  • Referencing support
  • Researcher support (Academic Staff, Doctorate / PhD Students)  
  • English Language Support for international students
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PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions):

  • Students are trained to mentor and guide students in lower years to support their learning through study sessions. 
  • As you progress through your studies you might also be interested in becoming a mentor.


It is never to early to think about careers & employment:

Many graduate job opportunities are competitive, so it's best to take steps to plan your career early on in your studies.

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