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Literature review & study skills resources for intercalating medical students

Getting started

Welcome to this guide to Library resources and services, working with research literature, and study skills for medical students moving into their intercalated year.

On this page you will find some general resources. Use the menu on the left-hand side to view pages on:

  • Doing a literature review
  • Where can I find research literature on my topic?
  • Academic writing
  • Referencing
  • Doing a systematic review

This guide has been written by an Academic Support Librarian and aims to direct you to sources of further information on these topics. 

All the resources featured in this guide are available to you through the University of Edinburgh Library.

Study Skills resource list

SAGE Research Methods

A good starting point for information on research methods is SAGE Research Methods

It contains content on the steps involved in a research project, including a full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioural sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the hard sciences.

SAGE research methods logo

Topics: Key concepts in research, Philosophy of research, Research ethics, Planning research, Research design, Data collection, Data quality and data management, Qualitative data analysis, Quantitative data analysis,  Writing and disseminating research.

SAGE Research Methods also includes a project planner designed to guide you through a research project.

Undergraduate study skills workshops

The Institute for Academic Development run workshops for undergraduate students on a range of topics relating to your studies.

Informations and how to book is available on their website.

Topics include: 

  • Managing and writing projects and dissertations
  • Getting to grips with essay writing
  • How to read and write critically
  • Citing sources and creating bibliographies using software tools 
  • Essays in exams

Study Hub

Study Hub learning resources provide advice on specific study skills topics, plus downloadable resources with useful study strategies.

Study Hub

It covers a wide range of general academic topics such as

  • time management
  • academic writing
  • statistical and numerical data
  • study skills guides
  • exams

Your Academic Support Librarian

Contact your Academic Support Librarian for help with:

  • Finding the information resources that you need and making effective use of them
  • Getting the best from library resources and services
  • Reference management

There is a dedicated Academic Support Librarian for each School. Find the Academic Support Librarian assigned to your subject area and how to contact them: Academic Support Librarian by subject

If you are unsure who to contact just send an email to the Library Academic Support teamLibrary-Academic-Support@ed.ac.uk and your enquiry will be directed to the appropriate team member.

Useful books on study skills, research, and dissertations