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Now that you've got to know your learning environment, both online and real-life, it's time to start developing your subject knowledge and, alongside it, your critical thinking abilities.

The links below will take you to important sources of academic literature, chosen by your librarian. Reading academic literature will help you understand how your subject has evolved and what the 'big questions' are. You can:

  • browse academic journals in your subject through BrowZine
  • use databases of research literature to explore beyond the material on your reading list
  • learn about which of these important sources will be most useful for you from your Subject Guide

At university, you're not just reading to find out facts. Your lecturers will also want you to think critically about the arguments the authors make and the evidence they present, and decide whether you agree. Use the resources below to learn how to start reading actively and critically.