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Academic skills

Referencing and good academic practice

Selwyn Library

If you would like help tracking down books or articles, researching a topic, or decoding a reference, feel free to come into the Library Office to speak to one of us. You can also email or phone us up; we’re usually in the Office between 9 and 5, Monday to Friday.

Faculty or Departmental Libraries

The subject librarian in your faculty or department library will also be able to help you locate relevant material and many will run information sessions tailored to different elements of your studies.

See also advice on using other libraries in Cambridge.

Cambridge library subject guides (LibGuides)

Guides by subject to help you find the online and print materials you need. Most also have information about referencing as recommended by your faculty or department.


Academic skills

We have books about essay writing, note taking, exam revision, etc. for all levels of study.  You will find them on the shelf outside the office (above the collection of Very Short Introductions). Alternatively, use iDiscover, with terms like essay writing, academic skills, exam revision, or dissertation writing.

There is more information at the University's skills page here.


Referencing and good academic practice

Referencing: have a look at the English Faculty Library's Learning Hub section on referencing, (particularly useful for arts and humanities students) and the UL's page on referencing tools: Menderley, Zotero and Endnote. 

Good academic practice and avoiding plagiarism: see the University's guidance for students.