Leeds University Library

Learning in a digital age

This page will help you to develop the skills you need to effectively learn in a digital age.

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Researching on the web

Searching online

Keeping up to date

  • Alerting services
    Keep up to date with new information in your research or study area using alerting services and RSS feeds.

Evaluating online information

Managing the information you find

Storing your references

  • Skills@Library EndNote page: help and guides
    EndNote helps you to store and manage your references. You can import or export references from databases and also manually add items to your EndNote library. Your EndNote library and Microsoft Word can then work together to automatically insert citations and create your bibliography or reference list for you. EndNote is available on all IT desktop PCs.

Using social media to enhance your studies

Student guide to social media
Discover how to make the most of social media tools to enhance your studies. This was created in collaboration with Skills@Library, The University of York Library and the University of Manchester Library.



    Writing for the web

    As part of your study, you may be expected to create a website, write a blog, contribute to a wiki or do a variety of other forms of web-based writing.

    • Writing for the web guide (PDF)
      Guidelines on presenting your content to best effect, and writing with an appropriate tone and style for your target audience.


    Using mobile apps for study

    Working with apps (PDF)
    General advice on working with apps and mobile devices in your learning.

    Mobile apps for learning

    You can find apps by searching in your app store (eg Google Play Store, Apple App Store, Windows Marketplace). You can either browse by category (eg education), or search by keywords (eg referencing) or specific app name (eg Mendeley) to find one to suit your needs.

    Remember to read the reviews before downloading - especially for apps that aren't free!

      61 educational apps for the 21st century

      Creating video and audio



      Audacity is a free piece of software for recording and editing audio. It is available on all ISS cluster machines on campus, or you can download and install your own copy.

      Finding digital media to use in your work

      Online security, identity and privacy


      "Netiquette" is a contraction of "internet etiquette", and refers to a set of social guidelines and conventions which apply to various areas of online communication. An understanding of netiquette is important to avoid causing offence when interacting online.

      • Email guidelines
        A set of netiquette guidelines, compiled by IT Services specific to using email and newsgroups
      • VLE guidelines
        The VLE support website has a page on netiquette tips when using online discussion forums. It relates particularly to the VLE, though the tips do also apply to any form of online discussion.