Pathways programmes

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  • Subject Help

    This page is designed for Pathways students doing University English, International Foundation or Pre-Master's diploma courses. You may also be interested in the pages for other subjects.
    Contact your Librarian to make a 1-to-1 appointment for further help.

  • Headington Library

    This is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas. It's located in the JHB Building.

    • Headington Library opening hours The Library is open 24 hours a day during semesters 1 & 2.
    • Take a virtual tour of Headington Library
    • Headington Library floor plans - this leaflet will help you find your way around. You can also pick up a copy from the Help Zone on Level 1 of the Library. Don't be afraid to ask Library staff if you need any help when using the Library. Near the Help Zone you’ll find the Welcome Desk, book returns slots, reservations collection point and Short Loan.
      The Library has 6 floors and books are on Levels 2, 3 and 4. Use the self-service machines on these floors to borrow books.
      There are different zones for quiet and silent study. If you want to do group work and/or chat, head to The Platform (Level 3) or The Forum (Ground Floor). You can also book one of our Student Presentation Rooms online.

    Getting online

    To get online in the Library, log onto one of the Library PCs with your student number and portal password. These computers will give you access to Internet, Google Mail, Brookes Virtual, Word etc. Printing is available via the Print Anywhere service. The IT Service Desk is located in The Forum and provides IT help.  

    To get online with your laptop, tablet or other device, sign up for the University’s Wi-Fi service Eduroam via the IT Services Web pages.

    Some useful guides

    Reading lists
    If there is an online reading list for your module, you can access it through the Moodle course. You can also search all of our reading lists here

    Help services

    Lots of help and support is available to you when studying at Brookes. Check Study skills resources for details of useful books, support and online guides.

    Many Pathways courses give you the opportunity to choose a topic to research and find your own sources to support your writing. This includes the International Foundation Project (U70509), Pre-Master's Extended Writing Project (U70362) and University English Research Report. For these assignments you will need to find relevant, authoritative information sources such as books and journal articles - this process is called a literature search

    You will find literature searching a lot easier if you approach it in an organised, systematic way. This project search plan has been designed to help you do this. Download a copy and use it to note down your ideas about:

    • What you want to search for - your topic and the keywords you could use to search for it.
    • Where you want to search - databases and other tools you could use.
    • Useful Subject Help pages where you could find subject-specific resources. 


    For help with filling in the keyword section of your project search plan, take a look at this Google slideshow Compiling a keyword list (login when prompted with your Google @Brookes account). 

    Books are a good place to start your research, as they may offer an overview of a subject - definitions, theories, dates, key people etc. They may also give you in-depth information and ideas about issues related to the topic. Most of your books will be located in the Headington Library.

    To find a book, use the Books & e-books search on the Library home page and type in the author, title or subject that you are interested in.

    Print books have a 'call number', for example 808.042 BAI - this tells you where the book is shelved in the Library. If the book is on loan to another user or at one of our other libraries, you can put a 'hold' on it. If the book is on the shelves, it's quicker for you to go and get it yourself.
    Find out more about locating and borrowing books: A guide to finding books and e-books in Brookes Library (PDF)

    E-books will have a connection link - follow this and log in when prompted with your Brookes student number and password. 

    Useful guides:

    Check Journal articles and databases for links to some useful databases and help with searching for journals and articles. 

    Our Statistics page provides links to UK and international statistical sources.

    News sources
    For help with tracking down news sources and how to identify fake news, see our News and current affairs guide.

    Country reports
    Annual country reports can be useful sources of information about the economic, political and social situation of individual countries. Use the database Business Source Complete : search for a country plus 'country report' (e.g. New Zealand country report) to find useful information on particular countries.
    There's further help available on the Business Subject Help page on Country information

    Market research reports
    We have 2 key databases containing market research information:

    Web sites
    When searching for Web sources, remember that you need reliable scholarly sources for your university research. 

    Citing your sources, also called referencing, is an essential part of your academic work. Assignments for Pathways programmes need to be referenced in the Brookes Harvard style. 

    How do I reference sources in the Brookes Harvard style?

    Tip: Get into the habit of recording details of each source you use, when you use it. It will make referencing much easier in the long run!

    Need help with referencing? Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

    Why does referencing matter?

    By referencing your sources correctly you are demonstrating that:

    • You’ve properly acknowledged others’ work. Failure to do this could be regarded as plagiarism
    • You're providing evidence to show that the facts and arguments you present are supported by your reading.
    • You've provided your tutors will all the information they need to trace the source you have used.
    • You have read widely and used a variety of sources.

    Do all Brookes courses use the Harvard style of referencing?

    Most departments at Brookes do use Harvard, but there are some courses which require a different referencing style. Always check with your module leader about which style you need to use. Guides to these different referencing styles are available from the relevant Subject Help pages: 

    Are there any tools I can use to help me reference correctly?

    Make sure you check Cite Them Right Online (CiTRO) for instructions and examples of referencing a wide range of sources in the Harvard style.

    There are many online tools, apps and software packages that can help with referencing, but these will not necessarily format your references in the correct Harvard style used at Brookes. One tool that can be useful is Endnote

    • EndNote Web allows you to collect, store and manage your own collection of references and create bibliographies in your written work.
    • It's free, you just need to register for an account. You can then create an online collection or 'Library' of your references, accessible anywhere. 
    • It will also work with Word to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library. We have created a 'Brookes Harvard' referencing style for EndNote Web which matches the guidance given in Cite Them Right Online. 
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