Reading doesn’t just involve picking up a book and reading it cover to cover. You need to think about what to read, how to find it, how it relates to your assignment, how best to take notes, and more besides. 

Finding out what to read 

Module readings 

The best place to start reading is your module Resource Lists. These can be found in your Blackboard modules. You might want to buy copies of key textbooks using your Reach bursary

Finding other information 

To do well in assignments, you also need to independently find your own sources of information, using Library Search or specialist subject databases. 

You can get hold of books and articles from other libraries via interlibrary requests or by visiting other academic libraries

Systematic reviews 

Some assignments will require you to undertake a detailed literature search, known as a systematic review.  

Reading at a partner organisation

If you’re studying on one of our partner courses, we have library resources to supplement your local library or resource centre

Evaluating your reading 

You need to know how to evaluate the reading you find to make sure it is good quality, scholarly information, suitable for using in academic assignments. 

Our fact checking resource list will help you find out more about the sources you’re using and the claims they make.

Get help 

If in doubt, book an appointment with one of your Academic Liaison Librarians to get help on finding and evaluating information. 

Making reading easier 

Reading lots of information can be challenging, either in the amount of time it takes or just knowing what to read.  

Approaching reading 

The reading efficiently advice sheet provides lots of tips to enable you to get the most out of your reading, including reading styles, reading goals and reading checklist. 

Taking notes 

Taking clear and concise notes will help you manage your reading and make good use of it when you start to write your assignments. 

You can use OneNote (part of Office 365) if you prefer to take notes online. This can help keep your notes organised. 

Read differently 

Lots of what you read will be online. If you find reading from a screen is difficult, try using tools that make this easier, like text-to-speech tools or adjusting the settings on your tablet or laptop.  

You can use Blackboard Ally to download course materials from your modules in different formats like audio or ePub. You can also use SensusAccess to change your reading into different formats, like audio, ePub, or Braille.

Office 365 contains helpful tools like an Immersive Reader, which includes a read aloud function. 

Get help 

Contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service if you have a disability, medical condition, or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) that means you have specific support needs for reading.