"Normally, an undergraduate dissertation will be based on a critique of a small selection of evidence and be applied to one focussed aspect of the student’s practice.” (Glasper and Rees, 2012, Evaluating research articles from start to finish). Use this guide to find information resources to help you develop skills for undertaking an undergraduate dissertation.
An interactive guide to take you through your search one step at a time. View page
Books, Journals and Databases
For a dissertation you will also need to complete more thorough searches using our range of databases. It is likely that CINAHL will be the most useful database but we have many others that are worth considering. They are particularly useful in searching for journal articles. View page
CINAHL database - introduction
CINAHL database - advanced searching with suggest subject headings
MyStudyBar is free assistive software to help learners with literacy-related difficulties including dyslexia. It can offer potential benefits to all learners. It includes mind mapping software, a text to audio reader and screen colour overlays. My StudyBar only works on Windows PCs. It is free to download and can be used from a USB stick. View page
Gribben M (2012) The study skills toolkit for students with dyslexia, London: Sage.
Royal College of Nursing (2021) Referencing guidelines. London: RCN.
If you are looking for an example of Harvard referencing you may find our guidelines a useful example. You should always follow the referencing guidelines of your university however. They will be different to these guidelines as there are many versions of Harvard referencing. View PDF
Pears R and Shields G (2019) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 11th edn. London: Macmillan.