StudySkills@Abertay – Get Started Using Abertay’s Information and Study Skills Resources

Did you know there’s one place where you can access all the online help, guides and tutorials available from Library Services and Learner Development Services?  Well, there is!

What is it?

StudySkills@Abertay pages are designed to enable all students, whether full-time, part-time, or distance learners, to get started using Abertay’s information and study skills resources.

What does it help me with?

  • Find out when Library, IT & Learner Development drop-in sessions and workshops are held
  • How to find information for coursework
  • How to reference sources used in coursework
  • Which referencing style to use
  • How to format your dissertation
  • How to structure coursework
  • How to take notes
  • How to find feedback on coursework submitted to Blackboard
  • And lots more! (for full details check the menu topics on the left of the screen)

Where is it?

StudySkills@Abertay is available via Blackboard (under the ‘Blackboard Resources’ section) – no registration necessary!  If you’re a student here, you’ve got access to this incredibly useful resource.

Go to StudySkills@Abertay right now using this link




All About Referencing! Guides and Help Reminder

Just a reminder that we have two versions of the Abertay Harvard Referencing Guide available: there’s a quick guide to Harvard Referencing which contains examples of the most commonly referenced materials.  The quick guide is available in print and also online.

We also have a comprehensive Abertay Harvard Guide 2015-16 which gives examples for many types of materials including: Blogs, tweets, audio-visual materials, source code, patents, policy documents and much more.  The full guide is available online.

If you are studying any module except Law or Psychology, you should use Abertay Harvard style.

Students studying Law modules should use OSCOLA legal referencing – see here for more help.

Students studying Psychology modules should use APA referencing – see here for more help.

If you are trying to reference something which doesn’t appear to be covered by our guides, please let us know.  You can either contact your Academic Librarian directly, or email

If you need more in-depth help with referencing and assessing your sources, please come along to a Library and IT drop-in session.  These run on Tuesdays 11-12,  Wednesdays 12-1, Thursdays 3-4 in the IT Training Suite on Level 2 of the Library.

If you can’t make it to a drop-in session, a Librarian is on-call from 9am until 5pm every week day (Monday-Friday)  Please go to SEZ and ask for the on-call Librarian.

There are also lots of self-guided referencing help available via the Learning Zone in Blackboard.  Here you can try basic, intermediate and advanced quizzes on Abertay Harvard Style.  You can also try our interactive tutorials on referencing your sources.

New Student Quick Help Sessions: Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th September

A big HELLO to all our new students from Library Services!

You’re now fully enrolled and have access to all of your Library and IT facilities – that’s a lot of stuff to find your way around.  So, we’re running some quick start sessions on all the essentials to help you on your way.

In the next few days you’ll need to find out how to:

  • Check your personal information online
  • Use the printers
  • Access online learning materials for your course
  • Borrow books from the Library
  • Get more help if you need it

Our online guide for new students Getting Started @ Abertay shows you how to do all of this and more!

You can also come along to the Library and attend quick start sessions to get more help and see demonstrations of some key tools and equipment.  Meet at the SEZ desk, Level 1 at the following times:

  Thursday 3rd September Friday 4th September
Getting started with IT@Abertay

Need to find out how to access your University email, locate your timetable or find your coursework grades? This session will help you navigate Abertay’s intranet and systems.



Getting started with the Library@Abertay

A quick tour of all the library’s facilities plus an overview of the library website and information about where to get help with finding resources for your subject.





Introduction to Blackboard

Blackboard is the University’s virtual learning environment. Find out how to use all the collaborative tools in Blackboard, access all your module and assessment information and submit coursework.



Using your university print account and self-service facilities

Find out how to use our self-service machines for borrowing and returning library items and how to add credit to your print account and use our printing, copying and scanning facilities.

12:30 10:00


Library Tour

A quick tour of all the library facilities including all our different print collection, study zones bookable group study rooms, time out area, printing facilities and places to get help and advice



Introduction to the Support Enquiry Zone

The Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) provides a single point of initial contact for students who require information, help and advice about any aspect of University life. Find out about the many types of requests and enquiries we can help you with and the different ways of contacting us.

14:30 14:00