Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 31 March 2020)

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Academic Resource Centre

As a university student you can expect to spend much of your time reading and writing various academic texts. Additionally there is an expectation that you are able to work independently and take responsibility for your learning.

The Academic Resource Centre (ARC) can work with you to develop your skills in the following areas:

  • Academic writing
  • Information searching and retrieval
  • Referencing
  • Presentation techniques
  • Study skills

Information due to the coronavirus

The library's services are affected and adapted due to COVID-19, regarding opening hours and reservations among other things. Read more:

Information about the library during COVID-19

University recommendations regarding COVID-19

Welcome to Academic Resource Centre

Do you need tips on how to study more effective? Writing better thesis? Make good oral presentations?

Contact us

Questions? Contact the library

Schedule an appointment: Searching and writing tutoring

Our location

You find us in the University Library i the Social Science Building.

Digital map to Academic Resource Centre (shown as Studieverkstaden)

Drop-in

Drop-in Studio for Writing Support

The Drop-in Studio offers you the chance to get some feedback or advice at any stage in the writing process so that you can create a plan to work with and strengthen your paper.

You are welcome to stay in the ARC to work on your assignment and at the same time be able to ask questions of the writing tutor and librarian who are there to help. We are available to answer quick questions regarding any stage in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). 

No appointment is required, first-come first-serve basis, which allows you to get in and out on your schedule.

Please come to the Drop-in Studio ready to work: bring your laptop, your assignment, and your questions.

We look forward to talking to you about writing.

When: Tuesdays 12:00–14:00
Where: The Academic Resource Centre, UB

Sök- och skrivverkstad (Swedish)
When: Thursdays 13.00–14:30
Where: Academic Resource Centre, UB

Studieteknik (Swedish)
When: Tuesdays 09:30–10:30
Where: Academic Resource Centre, UB

Our lectures and workshops

Different ways to develop your academic skills

Come to one of the ARC's lectures, workshops or walk-in services where you can learn more about for example, the writing process, different search strategies, critical reading and thinking, references/citing, presentation technique, note taking as well as time management.

Search, write and study

Book a librarian if you would like to know more about how you for example find journal articles, write references or use a reference management program.

For more practical tips, see our University Library web pages.

Who can turn to the ARC?

You can take part of the ARC's services, at no cost, as a campus, distance or PhD student enrolled at Umeå University or at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Feed your brain

An intensive introduction week about the skills you need at university and is geared towards students who are:

  • new to the university,
  • interested in refreshing their skills or discovering new techniques.

No registration necessary. Attend as many presentations as you like.

Useful links

Organising your time guide – University of Leicester

Time management – managing your time at university – University of Leeds

Reading skills for university – York University

Tips for effective reading – UNSW, Sydney

Understanding the assignment – Northern Arizona University

Understanding writing assignments – Purdue University

Writing a paper – organizing your thoughts – Walden University

Structuring written work – The University of Sydney

The architecture of arguments – University of Wisconsin - Madison

Developing an argument - University of Sussex