Skills for study is an interactive e-learning resource that will help you to understand, practise and improve the core skills needed for successful study: writing, critical thinking, reading and note-making, referencing and understanding plagiarism, group work and presentations, and exam skills.
Skills for study is based on Dr. Stella Cottrell’s study skills books and comprises a wide variety of interactive activities which you complete before taking a module assessment to see how much you have learned.
Skills for study will help you find out how you learn best and improve your core study skills to make your study easier and more enjoyable. You will also gain the skills to study effectively and the skills that employers are looking for.
Skills for study is available both on and off campus. Please sign in using your Bradford College login details, you will be asked to enter your college username and password.
Whilst studying at Bradford College you will need to refer to and acknowledge the information from books, journals, the internet and other sources that you have used for your assignments.
Why do you need to reference?
There are several reasons why referencing is important:
- It will enable you to find the information sources again;
- It also shows that you have done the research necessary to complete your assignment;
- It enables your tutor or another reader to find the information source that you have referred to in your assignment;
- It is a way of acknowledging the work undertaken by all of those that you cite and is necessary to avoid claims of plagiarism.
Cite them right online is the essential referencing guide to how to reference and cite a wide range of resources correctly. Cite them right online also provides guidance on understanding how to avoid plagiarism.
On and off campus access is via your Bradford College login details, you will be asked to enter your college username and password.
Cite them right online is based on the latest edition of the popular textbook Cite them right by Richard Pears and Graham Shields.
Cite them right online also works on tablets and smartphones
For more information on referencing please visit the Study Skills site on Moodle.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a property right which protects the rights of those who create works of various kinds. Copyright does not need to be registered it is automatically applied when the work is created, provided that the work is original and recorded in writing or some other material format, and that the work has been produced by a qualified person or body, a UK citizen for example. The work does not need to include the © symbol to be protected by copyright.
The main legislation covering copyright in the UK is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and amendments, and also the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002.
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 defines copyright as
“… a property right which subsists in accordance with this Part in the following descriptions of work –
(a) original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works,
(b) sound recordings, films or broadcasts…
(c) the typographical arrangement of published editions “
Examples include: books, newspaper and journal articles, plays, songs, databases, websites, computer programmes, maps, photographs, paintings and drawings.
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 entitles the copyright holder/owner the exclusive right to their works, including the right to:
- Copy the work;
- Issue copies of the work to the public;
- Perform, show or play the work in public
- Broadcast the work;
- Make an adaptation of the work.
Doing any of these acts without the copyright holder/owner’s permission is an infringement of their copyright.
However there are circumstances when the law does permit the copying of copyright material. These “Permitted Acts” are not rights but may be used as a defence in court.
- Fair Dealing
- Educational purposes
- Visually impaired persons
Copying permitted by licence
The College has purchased a number of licences which permit the copying of a variety of copyright material. Each licence sets out what is permitted and what is not allowed under the terms of the licence. For example the CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) Further Education Licence and the ERA (Educational Recording Agency) Licence.