Your department librarians can talk with you about the range of library catalogues and databases available and tips and techniques to enable you to widen your research and reading for assessment, summative essay, or dissertation.
Finding your readings prior to an exam – as mentioned above, contact your librarian if there are essential readings that were in print only to check if it is possible to access it online. Note: not all books on your reading list will be available online. Be prepared and check before your exam.
Literature searching – Your librarians can provide general guidance and techniques that will enable you to carry out focussed literature searches on library catalogues and databases. From Week 3, literature searching workshops will be available to book – check LSE LIFE workshops for dates and times. https://info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/lse-life/events
To ensure academic integrity, we cannot discuss any matters relating to the content of your exam questions such as suggesting specific books or articles or specific search terms or strategies for searching library catalogues and databases.
Referencing for online assessments you are expected to cite your sources in your online assessments and exams (unlike in a traditional exam). Make sure you are prepared and understand what is required for each course assessment.
- which method – in-text/author-date or footnotes
- Is there a required citation format/style that is required APA, MLA, OSCOLA, Chicago. If not, ensure you choose one and stick with it.
Your department librarians can provide general guidance on best referencing practice in academic writing – tips to ensure you are prepared your exams and assessments.
Read Citing and referencing guidance to help you ensure that you will be citing your sources accurately and consistently.
Workshops on referencing will be running regularly from Week 2 and throughout the summer.
To ensure academic integrity, we cannot check or comment on specific citations, bibliographies or reference lists or any of your writing. This applies to questions relating to specific exam/assessment questions - 24-hour online exam, a longer online assessment, or any other summative work, including your dissertation.
Please note that your department librarian cannot meet with you during a 24-hour online exam. Thank you for your understanding.
Supporting you with online workshops, guides and screencasts
Throughout the summer term and vacation, we will be running workshops on literature searching and referencing and providing screencasts to enable you to develop your skills. Materials are available in LSE LIFE Moodle.