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The Arden School of Theatre and Performing Arts: Research Proposals and Dissertations

Assignment Planning Tool

Assignment Survival Kit: ASK from University of Kent

A tool to help you plan backwards from your hand-in deadline

Help finding your argument


How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports

Help selecting your dissertation or project topic and ensuring your project gets the best marks. Shows how to organise your thinking and get on the road to success.

Dissertations and project reports

Faced with your dissertation or major project and need some help getting started? Thinking about how your final project will affect your overall grades? Then read on.

Inside Track to Successful Academic Writing

Looks at developing ability to communicate ideas and research fluently and successfully. From understanding the task and planning essays or assignments, through to utilising feedback.

Guidance and tips on searching for literature and referencing your sources in a scholarly manner, helping you to avoid plagiarism and to produce successful academic writing assignments.

The Guide to Learning and Study Skills: For Higher Education and at Work

Provides guidance for students on learning in a blended environment; the increased use of personal and professional development planning, continuing professional development and work-based learning.

Beginning Academic Writing

If you are a HE student and your course is validated by SHU: find out about Academic Writing Skills

Help with research proposals

Help writing your dissertation

Help evaluating your source

The timeliness (i.e. publication date, revision history) of the information.

Broken links or old dates indicate a source has not been updated recently.

The importance of the information for your needs.

Consider your audience and compare with a variety of sources.

The originating source (author, publisher, sponsor) of the information.

Check for contact information and the credentials of the author.

The reliability (source, evidence, truthfulness) of the information.

Think about the source and look for evidence of bias or error.

The reason (teach, sell, entertain) the information exists.

Identify the type of information (fact or opinion) and the intent of the author.