There are a wide range of resources available to assist in conducting research for, and preparing, a dissertation or project report. This page provides links to these resources. Please consult your supervisor for specific guidance on dissertation layout.
A range of titles are available in the Ebook Central e-book site on aspects of research methodology and writing a dissertation.
Module 1: Using the library and online library. This module guides you through accessing library resources and using your library account
Module 2: Your First assignment. This module provides support to get started with your first assignment, including locating journals and using databases
Module 3: Citations and referencing. This module looks at how to include citations and manage references according to the SETU Carlow Harvard Referencing system.
Module 4: Writing a literature review. This module guides you through sourcing, collating and composing your literature review.
The modules are available on Blackboard, this short video gives an introduction.
With thanks to our colleagues in the Teaching & Learning Centre for providing the following helpful guides and presentations relating to preparing and structuring your thesis.
EndNote Basic is a software tool for collecting, organising and formatting references, and can be used to create a bibliography for a project, dissertation or thesis. To use this product it is necessary to register and create an account (free) by going to: https://access.clarivate.com/login?app=endnote.
Once an account has been set up it is possible to export references from the Search and Find: Online Resources search service to EndNote Basic by the following method:
When a search of Search and Find : Online Resources is performed and records have been saved into the Saved Items folder using the icon these items can be exported to EndNote Online by opening the Saved Items folder and selecting the required references and then the Export option:
On the next screen selected the Direct Export to EndNote Online option:
and click on Save
NOTE: it is recommended that EndNote Basic is opened before starting the export process – if EndNote Basic has not been opened, the login screen will be shown before the export is completed.
Once finished EndNote Basic will display a confirmation that the export has successfully completed:
Further help on using EndNote Basic can be found at https://clarivate.com/webofsciencegroup/support/endnote/endnote-online/.
Credit Where Credit is Due has been prepared to assist students in acknowledging appropriately the work of others. This referencing guide is intended for all undergraduate and postgraduate students in SETU Carlow Campus in the preparation of their academic assignments and assessments and can be accessed at http://libguides.itcarlow.ie/ld.php?content_id=31933427.