Welcome to our Information and Study Skills (InSS) page. Here you can find some of our online resources that may help you throughout your time at the college.



You can access more topics and materials on our Moodle page here: Information and Study Skills Moodle. You will need your Student ID and college password to log on.

Harvard Referencing Guide

One of the most important skills you will need when writing assignments is referencing other people's work, in order that you have good evidence, balance your argument and avoid plagiarism. There are various methods for referencing but at Northampton College we use the Harvard system. You can find a comprehensive guide with information on how to reference all sorts of sources here:


Other Useful Study Guides

Copyright, Plagiarism and Referencing


For information on copyright, plagiarism and referencing, check out our guide which you can find online here:


This guide contains advice on:

  • What you can legally copy
  • What is plagiarism
  • How to avoid stealing ideas


Developing Study Skills


For information on how to Develop Study Skills, check out our guide which you can find online here:


This guide contains advice on:

  • Time Management
  • Effective Revision
  • Research



Essay Writing
For information on essay writing, check out our guide which you can find online here:

Essay Writing

This guide has advice on:
  • Essay Planning
  • Effective Research
  • Proofreading



ICT Support
For information on our ICT software, check out our guide which you can find online here:

This guide has advice on:
  • How to use Microsoft programs
  • ICT Support in the College
  • E-Safety





Good Writing
For information on how to write well in your written assignments and examinations, check out our guide which you can find online here:


This guide has advice on:
  • Good spelling
  • Good grammar
  • Good punctuation

Learning Facilitators

If you need any more help with any of the following areas, please come and talk to a Learning Facilitator:

  • Referencing
  • Plagiarism
  • Essay Writing
  • Report Writing
  • E-Safety
  • Exam Preparation and Revision
  • Effective Research
  • Evaluating Information
  • Presentation Skills

You will normally be able to find us on the second floor of the Library in Booth Lane, where you can ask us for a one-to-one session.


In Daventry and Lower Mounts, we are based on the main desk, but you may need to make an appointment in advance.