Revision tip: Practice writing

Practice writing for the exam.  How long is your exam?  When was the last time you wrote by hand for that length of time?  So practice, practice, practice.


Resource of the Week: EndNote Online

EndNote is a bibliographic management tool that allows you to store and organise your references and then insert them into your assignments (if you’re using Microsoft Word). EndNote Online is the mobile version which you can access from anywhere using your own computer. It can be used with EndNote Desktop or as a stand alone product.

If you access EndNote Online through our website, you will be taken to an authenticated session where you can get the full benefits of a premium account – including 50’000 references, 2GB of file storage, and access to a range of referencing styles, for free as a HWU student or staff member. You have to EndNote Online Premium for one year after the last time you log in to an authenticated session, after which it reverts to a Basic account.

With EndNote Online you can:

  • Create references manually, or import them as .RIS files from databases and Discovery*
  • Attach documents to your references
  • Make keeping track of your research easier by organising your references into groups
  • Use the ‘Cite While You Write’ plugin for Microsoft Word to import your citations into your assignment and automatically generate your formatted reference list as well.

*The majority of academic databases have this option, which will be called either ‘Save’ or ‘Export’. You can often also save time by selecting more than one to download in the same file. Web of Science also allows you to save references directly to EndNote Online.

Did you know: You can sync your EndNote Online account with EndNote Desktop to get unlimited online storage for 3 years.

Access EndNote Online through the Information Services website 

Guides and More Information 

Our Software Guides and Tutorials webpage has lots of helpful information and guidance on how to use EndNote.

Clarivate Analytics, who own EndNote, also have a range of useful guides and have a YouTube channel.

We regularly run Power Hours on EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop. Find out when the next one is by visiting our website, or look at the materials under the ‘My Organisations’ section on Vision.

If you have any questions or want more guidance, please contact your Library.

Want More?

EndNote Desktop has more functionality than EndNote Online and is installed on all the PCs on campus, and so is ideal for those who work more on campus. For a comparison of the two, please see this guide. You will have to pay to get it on your personal PCs, but students are entitled to a discount.

Revision tip: Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of tap water and/or bottled water – still or sparkling.

Avoid sugary drinks.



Revision tip: Take regular breaks

Get some exercise – anything from a gym session or a group sport to a quiet stroll

Edinburgh campus students could :

Other students, please check out your local facilities.

Revision tip: Snack on “brain foods”

You might try: salmon or other oily fish, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, blueberries, bananas, dark chocolate

Check out these videos for ideas.

Revision tip: Organize study groups with friends

You might like to organize some study sessions with friends. You could work:

  • as a group answering questions together
  • individually while sitting together and then compare your answers.  If your answers don’t agree ask your class mate to explain how they reached their answer. As a group, work out who has used the correct method and has reached the correct answer.
  • alone, perhaps in your room, and contact your group by Facebook, Skype, etc to compare answers.

Set some ground rules:

  • stay focused on the topic
  • agreed the amount of time to spend on any task
  • everyone in the group must contribute

Revision tip: Explain your answers to anyone that will listen

Explain your answer to friends, brothers, sisters, parents and/or relations.  Pets count too!

Revision tip: Practice on past papers or sample questions

Find out where you can get past papers or sample questions for your course.

Using past papers and sample questions will help you get used to the format of the paper.  Perhaps answer questions against the clock to get used to writing for an extended period and to get your timing right.

Do you need more than just a few sample questions?

You might work with class mates to create your own “exam paper” using a selection of tutorial questions from your course.  You could then work together to answer these questions.

Revision tip: Diagrams can help

You could simplify your course notes and highlight key concepts and terms to help you remember key points.

Mind mapping software can be useful when summerising, with the added advantage of giving a visual representation that many people find helpful when trying to remember things.

The key points to remember when creating your mind map are: –

  • Create your map from the centre and work outwards
  • Keep your points brief – use key words, authors, theories or processes
  • Use lines to show connections between things
  • Be prepared to re-work the map until you are happy with the organization (using software to create your maps makes this quick and easy)
  • Include colour, symbols and pictures to make it more memorable

See Revision looming – picture your notes in a Mind Map

Resource of the Week: Business Source Premier

Owned by EBSCO, Business Source Premier is an academic research database dedicated to business information. The database provides full text for around 2,300 journals, including 1,100 peer-reviewed titles, as well as company and industry reports.

Searching the database is straight forward, with basic and advanced search options available. For both searches you can also open ‘Search Options’ to get a range of tools to limit your search results – such as to searching only for peer-reviewed publications, full text and/or to search only specific types of publications, including journals, trade publications, industry reports and more.

As with most databases, there is an option to create a free account and save your search history. You can then create alerts so that you’re emailed periodically about new publications that have been added that match your search criteria. You can save or export individual results directly to EndNote, or add them to your folder to save them all at once.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List.

Did you know: Business Source Premier also has a thesaurus to help you expand your vocabulary and extend your search strategies.

Guides and More Information

For specific guidance on how to use and get the most from searching Business Source Premier, see their Help pages. There are also some video tutorials on the EBSCO support website. Please note that although some features may appear differently, the videos are still accurate enough to be helpful.

Basic Searching Tutorial

Advanced Searching Tutorial

If you need any help using Business Source Premier, you can also ask your Librarians for help.

Want more?

Emerald is an academic database which provides access to 217 business and management journals. It is searched by Discovery, and you can access it through the A-Z Database List.

For more help and resources to search for business information, check our Subject Guides.