Whether you're a new student starting your first assignment, further on in your studies, or starting a research project, this page will help you find and use the best information for your subject. You will also find resources to help develop your academic, study and digital skills.
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Key resources for Social Policy students
Books & Journals
The first place to look for books and journals is your reading list – you will find a link to this in your Blackboard modules. It lists all the core texts for your subject as recommended by your lecturers. all our other books and journals can be found in Library Search.
- Community Care Inform: Children Contains expert-written, practice-related information, including: Guidance to key pieces of legislation Expert articles Practice guides It has been built with and for social workers and other professionals who work with children, young people and their families.
- Criminology Collection This collection gives you access to information on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as law enforcement and security services.
- Manchester Security, Conflict and Peace Includes 61 books covering key issues and debates on international, regional and national security, domestic and international terrorism as well as conflict management and resolution and practices of peacebuilding.
- Newsstreams Newspapers You can access local, regional and national newspapers from around the world.
- Social Policy Digest The Digest provides a regularly up-dated, fully searchable, summary of policy developments and research findings across the whole range of social policy.
- Social Sciences Databases This provides access to key UK and worldwide articles and research, including the Criminal Justice Database.
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Browse your reading list
Your tutors select books, articles, videos and other resources for your reading lists and the Library buys them so you don't have to.
Find the lists for your modules in Blackboard, or in Library Search.
APA 6th (Harvard) style is the main referencing style in use at the University. We've compiled an easy to follow list of guidebooks and examples to help you get to grips with complexities of referencing.
Newspapers are a valuable source of information. They provide insight into what interests and concerns people both now and in the past.
The Library provides some excellent newspaper sources that allow you to search simply and easily across many newspapers at once.
Dissertations and Theses
During the course of your studies, you may find that you need to search for dissertations or theses.
You can use Library Search to help you find them and there are a number of different ways to search, depending on what you want to find.
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Book on a workshop
We offer a wide range of face-to-face skills training. If you need to improve your IT skills, learn how to find information for your assignments or improve your study skills this is a great place to start.
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- Starts: 2 Sep 2021, 5:00 pmFinishes: 2 Sep 2021, 6:00 pmVenue: MOS Exam - Certiport exam providerRemaining places: 10This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. When booking you MUST have registered on the MOS programme AND scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 12 August.