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Study Help


This page contains information to help you with your studies, so let us know if you would like anything added to it.

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 Libraries 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

There is a new academic skills and welfare collection in the library, made up of recommendations from the Senior Tutor, Tutors, and the JCR Committee. With an “A” classmark, these books are stored near to the “GUS” general reading books on the central free-standing bookshelves on the ground floor of the library.

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

You can also find help in CamGuides, the new online resource for Master’s students. This is designed as a pre-arrival postgraduate resource, but will have sections, such as Managing your information, that will be of use to students at all levels and at any time.

Referencing and good academic practice

Have a look at Cite Them Right, which should answer any “how do I reference….?” scenarios and gives good general information about referencing, with examples.

There’s a Cambridge Libraries guide to referencing with information for most subjects. This has been put together by the subject libraries and will have information about referencing styles where available.

Remember that you can get in touch with library staff to ask general and specific referencing questions, and that staff at your subject library will have specific knowledge of any local variations or subject-specific referencing information you may need.

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