Dissertations and Literature Reviews

Academic Learning Development can support you develop all aspects of dissertation and extended essay writing ranging from how to get organised and what to include in the methodology, all the way to how to set out the list of references.

The following resources also include techniques for recording, structuring and sequencing relevant sources of info for your lit review.

Resources Available

Skills4Study is an online resource available free to all students and includes a module on dissertations and reports with advice on suitable formats and research skills including diagnostic tests, self-assessment quizzes and videos with students’ tips. 

In addition, to help you with your studies we have created learning resources that you can make use of when preparing for your dissertations and literature reviews. The following resources are recommended if you are looking to improve how you approach writing a dissertation or extended essay:

The complete set of resources can be found on Blackboard, under the Student Support tab> Academic Learning Development> Resources> Dissertations or Literature Reviews.


There are several workshops taking place through the academic year that can support you in improving dissertation and literature reviews writing skills across our campuses. Please make sure you email learner@canterbury.ac.uk to book your place. 

  • Referencing & Plagiarism Prevention (Harvard Style): Fri 2 Nov, 12:30-2pm, Ns03-04
  • Discussion, Argument & Critical Analysis: Tues 13 Nov, 12:30-2pm, Lg25
  • Getting to Grips With Your Dissertation/Extended Essay: Fri 14 Dec, 12:30-2pm, Rf33
  • Referencing & Plagiarism Prevention (Harvard Style): Thurs 20 Sep, 12:30-1:30pm, CCf01


You can download the full workshop schedule or visit the Student Events Calendar for more details.

Additional workshop topics can be offered on request. Please email learner@canterbury.ac.uk if you have a specific request for an additional workshop.


If you would like to book a one-to-one tutorial you can contact us by emailing learner@canterbury.ac.uk or calling 01227 928641.


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