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Information for new students: Support for your studies

Key information and links for new students

We offer support in a variety of different ways. One-to-one help is available from your Academic Liaison Librarian and our Study Advice and Maths Support teams. We also offer online support via guides and videos. Explore the information on this page to find out more...

We're here to help!

A group photo of the Academic Liaison Librarians teamEach Department/School has an assigned Academic Liaison Librarian.

Your Academic Liaison Librarian can help you with:

  • advice on finding information
  • using databases and EndNote
  • any Library enquiry

Click on the link below to find out who your subject librarian is, and how to contact them.

The Study Advice Team can help you:

  • develop more effective practices for studying at university
  • have a clearer understanding of what tutors expect
  • make studying less stressful
  • achieve better marks

Maths Support are here to help if you're finding any mathematical topic difficult during the transition to university study.

Use the links below to find out more about what they can do for you:

Information iconThere are staff available to help in the Library - we don't bite (promise)!

Welcome Desk (Ground Floor)

  • General enquiries
  • Questions relating to borrowing, fines and inter-library loans

Study Advice and Maths Support Desk (Ground Floor)

  • Ask here for support with finding information, referencing, study skills and maths

IT Service Desk (1st Floor)

  • For IT and printing queries

Online help

A pile of booksReferencing is a key skill you with need to master in your studies at university. Reference correctly and you not only acknowledge the author's contribution to your understanding, you give your reader the opportunity to reproduce your research by following the same cited texts. You also show that you can work with accuracy and rigour by learning and following a set of rules.

Use the link below to find out more about why, when and how to use references correctly in your academic writing. There are also examples for you to follow.

Two female students studying in the LibraryIf you are a new first year undergraduate based on the Reading campus, you will be invited to join our online course, Study Smart. This brief online course, developed by the Study Advice team, aims to give you the best possible preparation for studying at university level and is exclusively available to University of Reading students. It focuses on three key areas of university-level study:

  • academic integrity (including reading, researching, and referencing);
  • communicating at university (including emails to your tutors, lectures and seminars,  and academic writing for different disciplines including Maths and Science);
  • independent learning (including managing your own time and workload successfully, and becoming an independent and critical thinker).

Completing the course will give you a headstart in your studies, and you can return to the course any time over your first year to remind yourself of what you've learnt.

If you are eligible for Study Smart, you will have received an email with a link to the course at the end of August, so please check your emails. Follow the link below for more information.

We provide a range of online guides and videos you can consult at any time. We've selected a few which you might find useful as you start your studies here.

Explore our full range of guides and videos by following the links below: