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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 library@hud.ac.uk 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

Online training

Need a bit of help getting started? The Library runs regular online training sessions on literature searching, using Summon, referencing, and more.

Upcoming training topics and dates are as follows. Please click the links to register using the online booking forms, or see the box lower down this page for recordings and slides from sessions that have already taken place.

All sessions will be held online, in Microsoft Teams. If you are unable to attend, slides and recordings will be added to this page after the events have taken place.

These sessions are open to anyone, but will be most helpful to students working on undergraduate or taught postgraduate dissertations. 

If you are a PhD student, please check SkillsForge for training aimed at postgraduate researchers.

Recordings of previous training events

Use the links below to access recordings and PowerPoint presentations from previous training sessions.