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Research Skills

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Research skills guide


This guide provides information on:

  • How to start the research process for an assignment
  • Effectively searching, selecting/evaluating and managing resources
  • Getting research support from librarians

Recommended books on research

Research process


Steps to effective research

What is research?

Searching for and finding resources, knowledge and evidence to answer an assignment question.

Thinking icon 1  Understand your research topic 

Break down topic, select keywords.

Checklist icon 2  Select / evaluate resources

Use selection checklists, think about resource types.

Locate icon 3  Search

Library Search, eresources and databases, websites.

Save icon 4  Organise

Document and/or save sources as you go.

Pen icon 5  Write assignment

Write and structure assignment in academic style.

Document icon 6  Reference

Include in-text citations with a reference list.

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