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Academic Writing & Research Skills

Developing your academic writing and skills is an integral part of third-level education. The Library provides resources and services to help support your development of core academic skills and upholding your academic integrity.

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Academic Writing & Research Support

The Library provides a professional, friendly and free service for all students at Shannon College of Hotel Management. We offer confidential one-to-one support to address any aspect of your academic writing and research. The service aims to help you to become a confident and effective writer and researcher and to help you improve your academic skills so you may be equipped to achieve your full academic potential.

We can guide you on:

  • Using the library resources to find information quickly and efficiently for your assignment or research
  • How to approach an assignment 
  • Your academic writing including referencing and how to avoid plagiarism 

Support Service

Note that this is a service to support and guide you with approaching your academic writing and research skills rather than the knowledge content you are demonstrating in your assignments. Thus, availing of the service will not ensure a higher grade on your assignments if you are struggling with the content of the assignment or module. If you are struggling with this, we recommend that you reach out to your lecturer.

Before your appointment, there are a few things you can do to prepare:

  • If you are looking for assistance with your academic writing, provide us with a copy of your work, whether it is complete or  still in progress, so that we can have a look through it before we meet with you.
  • If you need help with referencing, make sure you have taken a look at the Harvard referencing guide before your appointment.
  • Come prepared with questions and bring a notepad and a pen or your laptop to take notes of what is discussed.

Note: This service is not a proofreading or editing service; rather, we will teach you how to proofread and will work collaboratively with you to discuss any concerns you have about your writing and research. If your assignment is due the day of your appointment, the service may not suitable as you may need more time to review your assignment before submitting. 

To book an appointment, select the Book an Appointment button, choose an in-person or online appointment, select a date and time that is available and fill out the booking form. A member of the Library Staff will then be in touch to confirm your appointment and may ask for further details regarding what you're looking for assistance with.

Academic Writing Centre

Alternatively, the Academic Writing Centre on the University of Galway campus also offers online and in-person appointments to students. You can request an online appointment with a tutor through the Academic Writing Centre webpage.

Research & Academic Skills Resources

SAGE Research Methods provides material and useful tools to support users with their research through each step of the process including access to books, journal articles, videos and more. Try out some of the useful tools below.

Methods Map - Explore different aspects of research methods, find definitions for key terminology, and discover content relevant to your research methods.

Reading Lists - Find lists of key reading materials on research methods and statistics resources.

Project Planner - The Project Planner tool guides you through your research project by going through each stage. If you have already started your research, you can select the current stage you're at to find information on that stage. Check out the following sections:

Which Stats Test - It can be difficult to determine which statistical test to use to answer your research question. Use this tool to help you narrow down your options.

See the SAGE Research Methods User Guide for further information on how to use the platform.