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Dissertation Survival Guide: Home

Guidance on how to complete your Dissertation/Final Year Project and make the most of Library and IT Services and Resources

Welcome to the guide

Here is a guide compiled by the Library and Students Union to help you get started with your dissertation, final year project, or major study.

Use the links at the top of this page to see the various stages you may go through when working on your project. Depending on the nature of your project, some may be more relevant than others.

On each tab, you will find advice, guides, and resources you can use every step of the way.

Need help? For support with literature searching, using Summon and other library databases, referencing, and more, please contact the Library. Email with questions, or to book a one-to-one appointment.

For help with academic writing, please contact the Academic Skills Tutor for your School.

Books to support your dissertation research

Recordings of library training events

Need a bit of help getting started? The Library ran a series of online training sessions on literature searching, using Summon, referencing, and reference management software, in February-March 2021.

These events have now finished, but you can access recordings and PowerPoint presentations from each session at the links below.