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Early childhood and education

A guide to library support, resources and services for students studying early childhood and education

We're here to help

The library is here to help you throughout your time at Staffordshire University. We can help you with starting your research, using our resources, writing essays, referencing, time management, using software and so much more. 

Use our Subject guides and Study Skills guides for guidance on research and study skills, and visit the Digital Services pages to support your digital needs.

Please be aware that library services are subject to change due to COVID-19. For the latest updates, please visit Changes to your Library Service and you can see the latest information regarding library opening hours.

 Many of our library webpages have a chat icon visible so that even when you are not on campus you can ask questions via our live chat. Do check the website to see details of when this service is available since we cannot currently staff it 24/7. When the team is available to speak to you, you should get a reply to your question within a few minutes.

During staffed hours there are members of staff available at our Customer Services Desks in all our Libraries.

Speak to someone from the Library:

  • Thompson, Stoke:  01782 295770
  • Blackheath Lane, Stafford:  01785 353236
  • Shrewsbury:  01743 492512

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Make an appointment to see an Academic Skills tutor 

Academic skills support

The Academic Skills team can help you develop techniques to learn effectively, produce your assignments and improve your work to reach your full potential. Academic Skills are essential for success at university and our guides, workshops and one-to-one support are designed to help you become an efficient, independent learner. The team has the expertise to make a positive difference to your learning. 

We offer:

  • Online guides and resources for specific subject areas or academic skills topics
  • Taught workshops
  • One-to-one appointments online, by email or in person by arrangement 

Find out more about the team which is comprised of Subject Librarians, Study Skills Tutors and Digital Capabilities experts:

Study skills tutors can help you with: academic writing, effective reading, planning your work, numeracy and time management.

Subject librarians can help you with: locating resources - books, eBooks, eJournals, online databases, finding quality webpages and referencing.

Digital capabilities experts can help you with: using Microsoft Office effectively, creating long documents in Word, using PowerPoint for presentations or academic posters, using Qualtrics survey software. 

Academic Skills support:

Online support

Online support: resources

The Academic Skills team can help you find the right online resources to complete your studies. Whatever you need to succeed, whether you need to find things on your reading list, information on how to reference or advice on how to upgrade your writing skills, the Academic Skills team can help you.

Use our Academic study skills webpages to access podcasts and other online guides. Sometimes getting a quick overview of how to approach something new can be helpful.

Online support: workshops

From late September until the middle of November we will be running a programme of bookable online workshops on a range of topics likely to be of use to both new and returning students. These will run at 11 am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

Please lookout for the booking details on our website. Sessions repeat across the programme so if you can’t make one date there will be others available and even some evening slots too.

For full details of what is available see the Academic study skills programme Autumn 2020