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Dissertation Support

Information Services offers support to students at every stage of your dissertation. In this blog post we highlight the support and resources available to you.  

Finding Resources 

Struggling to find articles and books on your dissertation topic? Our Librarians are here to help you find resources for your dissertation research. See our Dissertation Support section in LibGuides. If you are struggling to find resources for your dissertation, request an appointment with your Librarian

Sometimes the library will not have all the materials you need for your dissertation. You should still be able to access everything you need by using our Document Delivery Service

Attend our Finding Library Resources session on Tuesday 14th March, from 12:00 – 13:00. Click below to book a place.

Date Time Book a place 
Tuesday 14 March12-1pmBook now


See our guides on referencing and referencing software in UniDesk Self Service. If you missed one of our workshops on referencing visit the Stirling Essentials – Study Skills SharePoint site to view a recording of one of our sessions. If you need help with referencing, request an appointment with your Librarian.

Word Formatting your Dissertation  

Dreading the Word formatting part of your dissertation? See our FAQ which includes help, training, and a template document to drop your text into. Download a pre-formatted Word template for your dissertation. 

We also run dissertation support sessions for students looking for help formatting their dissertations in Word. Visit the Stirling Essentials – Study Skills SharePoint site to view a recording of one of our sessions

SessionDate Time Book a place 
Dissertation 1: Learn to control Microsoft WordTuesday 14 March11-12pmBook now
Dissertation 1: Learn to control Microsoft WordTuesday 18 April11-12pmBook now 
Dissertation 2: The power of Word stylesWednesday 19 April 11-12pm  Book now 
Dissertation 3: Take control of graphs, charts and imagesThursday 20 April 11-12pm Book now 

The April sessions are bookable for Postgraduate students or anyone handing in a dissertation later.

Printing and Binding your Dissertation 

If you are required to submit a hard copy of your dissertation (please double-check with your department first) you will be required to print on a higher-quality dissertation paper. We have two student printers, located in the Cottrell print suite 2A18, loaded with higher-quality paper for printing dissertations.  

For more information on how to send your dissertation to these printers and details on the cost please see our section on printing your dissertation in UniDesk Self Service.  

Graphics and Print Services also offer a dissertation (soft) binding service. See our section on binding your dissertation in UniDesk Self Service for all the details.  

Don’t forget to have a look at our dissertation support pages in UniDesk Self-Service for all things dissertation-related.  

Student Learning Services Support 

Student Learning Services (SLS) are available for email and virtual tutorials. If you have any questions about the structure, writing, referencing, or editing of your dissertation please do get in touch via email at sls@stir.ac.uk to book a slot. 

See the Dissertation Section in the Student Learning Services module in Canvas for tips on structure, proofreading, and editing techniques.  

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