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Primary & Early Childhood Education

Top Tips for Students

1. Know where to go for help

It's normal to find the research process or studying a subject at university challenging. 

That's why you should be aware of the full range of help and support that is available to you as an MU student and not allow yourself to get overwhelmed. 

1. Department Homepage

2. Maynooth University Library

3. MU Writing Centre

4. Maynooth Student's Union

5. Student Health Centre

6. Check your Moodle account to make sure you have access.


2. Learn how to reference properly


Referencing is one of the most important skills you will learn as a student.

It teaches you to acknowledge other people's ideas properly so that you can build on them and become part of the scholarly conversation.

For more information on how to reference your sources see our Referencing Guide.

Top Tips for Studying Primary and Early Childhood Education

It's hard to know where to start when studying a subject at university level. Students often pick up key skills along the way that they wish they'd learned much earlier! 

That's why Library Staff and the Department of Froebel have worked together to offer you Five Top Tips for studying Froebel to will hopefully save you time, get you a better grade and make student life a bit easier.



3. Follow the Research Cycle for Successful Assignments

The Library has access to thousands of resources. The key to finding the best information is to decide on your research question, (i.e. what it is you want to find out in your research). You can successfully do this by following the research cycle.

For more help with finding resources for your research topic, see our Successful Searching Guide

Research Methods

Take a look at SAGE Research Methods database, specifically, the dedicated Faculty page here.

  • Reading lists

Instructors can customize and embed reading lists for their students featuring specific chapters, articles, cases, datasets, and videos.

  • Embedded video

Instructors can easily create clips to customize content for their teaching needs and embed them into their online learning environment.

  • Content mapping

Instructors can browse recommended research methods content by discipline to help them find the best resources for their students. You can also: 

You can print off 20 copies of resources per class. Alternatively, share the link to the full text content with all of youScreenshot of Sage Research Methodsr students, in your reading list, or by email. 

4. Use different types of sources in your writing

Good assignments and high quality academic writing make use of different kinds of high quality resources

In this guide we offer advice on what kind of resources to use and how to find them.

Examples are:

  • Books and eBooks
  • Journal Articles
  • Databases
  • Trustworthy websites
  • Newspapers 

See our Successful Searching Guide for more information.

5. Library Staff are here to help you


The Library provides a wide range of services to help students and staff to work and research to the best of their ability.

To find out:

  • What we do and
  • How we can help you 

Please take a moment to view our guide to the Teaching and Research Development Team