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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Your time at college or university will more than likely see you create memories that you cherish for the rest of your life. Those formative years can turn you into a social butterfly, flitting from a party here to a cinema date there and from a holiday with friends to a function arranged by your student union.

However, those years can also be some of the most stressful of your life and you can sometimes feel like there's no space between essays and exams. Some of this pressure can be alleviated by knowing where to go for the answers you need.

The internet is an amazing resource for students, as well as anyone just looking to learn something new. There are thousands of online courses you can take, scanned books and journals you can read, and library catalogues you can trawl through online to help you get through your next assessment.

Here is a brief guide to the resources available online that will make studying a little easier.

The library

This may seem obvious, but the library on your university's campus or your local one will be your place of worship for however many years your course lasts. It contains countless books, journals and staff that can help you along on your way.

Despite this powerful weapon already being in your arsenal, you may not be using it to its full potential as the internet can make it even more useful. You can access the catalogue through your computer and have a rifle through to see if they have what you want, without leaving the comfort of your own home.

If they don't have something, you can request that it's transferred from one library to another and if they have what you want, you can reserve it to make sure no one runs off with it. Your university library will also have a big selection of online journals or scanned books that could also prove to be as useful, if not more, than printed copies.

Your university's learning platform    

During your first week of university, you're probably more concerned with enjoying freshers' week and making new friends that the ins and outs of how your course is managed. However, your university will have created an online learning platform or portal for you as an individual and for the course you are studying.

This resource centre is a hub filled with important information, such as your timetable, the grades you have been given and your university's rules and regulations, meaning it will be incredibly useful when you are studying.

As this information is online, you can access it from anywhere, whether that's on campus, back home or in a coffee shop. All you need is an internet connection and everything is available at the touch of a button.

If you've missed a lecture or two, your tutor may upload the information to this platform so you can catch up - although attending all of the scheduled presentations is advised! If your timetable changes between terms, then you can find out where you're supposed to be through this portal.