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Distance Learning at the University of Manchester: Support for your studies

Writing your first piece of coursework

It is difficult to know where to start when writing your first piece of coursework, or to know what is expected of you. This resource takes you through the process step-by-step from finding and accessing information for your assignments to developing your argument.

My Learning Essentials

Being Critical Resource

My Learning Essentials is the Library's programme of skills support designed to aid you in your personal and professional development.

Our online resources cover everything from referencing, to managing procrastination, to writing a CV, and you can access them through the Library website from wherever you are, whenever you need to!


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Start to finish: essay writing

From  planning to proofreading, this resources takes you through the essay writing process to help you to produce a well-structured, coherent piece of work that answers the question, evidences your own analysis and is easy for your reader to follow. The ‘Academic Phrasebank’ is particularly useful as it suggests academic phrases that you can include in your assignments.

Referencing guide at The University of Manchester

The Library's guide to referencing includes detailed information on:

  • how and when to reference
  • common referencing styles used at The University of Manchester
  • what referencing software packages are available to help you collect, store and manage your references
  • how to get started using EndNote, EndNote Web, Reference Manager, Zotero or Mendeley

Visit the referencing guide for details.

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