This course will introduce students to the reading, research and presentation skills required for their academic studies. For instance, we will discuss reading habits and how to cope with difficult texts. Students will also be introduced to different research strategies and learn how to use bibliographical databases, academic libraries, reference works, and various kinds of print and online sources. They will learn how to compile bibliographies and format them according to standard academic conventions. We will also discuss different ways of using sources in academic work (e.g. paraphrase, summary and verbatim citation), how to steer clear of plagiarism, and how to give efficient presentations.