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What should I be reading?

Reading lists are usually given to students as useful reading suggestions for a subject or essay. Think of your reading list as a small library of texts that you should dip into at regular intervals throughout your course. Some items may be marked as essential reading; other material may be useful for background reading. 

It is important that while you are a student at the University of Cumbria you develop your information literacy skills to enable you to make carefully considered judgements about the quality and suitability of information that you find. You are strongly encouraged to research your topic beyond your reading list and to demonstrate independent learning in the sources you choose to support your work. 

Use the library catalogue, OneSearch, to look up keywords related to your topic to find books and ebooks. Journals and ejournals are an excellent resource for finding high quality and up-to-date information. The best way to start is to use your subject resources page that recommends and links to a wide range of appropriate academic journals and databases.

There‚Äôs also a great YouTube video called Managing your Reading: Being Selective to get you started.


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