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23 Things for Digital Knowlege

The University of Edinburgh’s 23 Things for Digital Knowledge is an award winning ( LILAC Credo Digital Literacy Award 2017 ) self-directed course. The programme seeks to expose you to a range of digital tools for your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student, or professional.

41 of the best podcasts for curious minds

Great list of educational podcasts to aid research and broaden knowledge.

5 Active Reading Strategies

5 Active Reading Strategies for Textbook Assignments - College Info Geek

5 tips to improve your critical thinking

Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking. Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process that may help you with any number of problems.

6 things productive people do every day

Most Productive People: 6 Things They Do Every Day - tips from Eric Barker's 'Barking up the wrong tree' blog.

Academic Phrases

Useful phrases for various functions in an academic text (e.g. describing methods, classifying, comparing, comparing and contrasting).

Academic Style

Useful introduction to the features of academic style (formal vocabulary; being objective) with practice activities.

Academic style

In general, formal academic writing is: Serious and formal – NOT conversational Impersonal – NOT personal Intellectual and objective – NOT emotional Precise and concise – NOT vague and repetitive One way to achieve this is to remove I, we and you.

All areas of grammar

A general resource for anyone whose first language is not English, looking at different grammar areas by level of language proficiency.

ATBar

Free downloadable software to use in your browser, on a memory stick or in Windows. Use it to change font, font size or background colour. Read selected text out loud or look up words in the dictionary.

Balabolka

Free downloadable text reader for PC.
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Being concise and focused

Writing concisely and clearly is a key element of successful writing. This Purdue site has good examples of what to avoid and advice on how to write concisely.

Being objective-Using 'cautious' language

This site presents ways of using 'cautious' language to help you make your writing more objective.

Borrow from another library

If you cannot find what you are looking for on the library catalogue - find out how you can borrow books from other libraries or have journal articles delivered direct to your desktop.

Box of Broadcasts

Allows you to search for and watch a huge range of television and radio programmes.

Brainstorming Activities

15 creative exercises for generating ideas in teams.

Coggle

Coggle is an online tool for creating and sharing mindmaps. It works online in your browser: there's nothing to download or install.

Cogi

Cogi keeps the last few moments of audio buffered. When someone says something interesting, just tap the highlight button and Cogi backs up to capture and save what was just said. Then tap again to stop it recording. Saves you having to listen to long recordings. iOS and Android.

Cornell Notes - Fillable Fields

Free, downloadable Cornell Notes template - this pdf file can be edited so you can type in notes.