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Research Skills

Welcome to the research skills guide. In this guide we will look at  some of the important steps you need to take when you research a topic. Research can be defined as  - "The systematic investigation into  materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions ". (Oxford Dictionaries). Research is a process with defined steps that are completed over time, depending on the level and complexity of your study.

The research process will usually include :

Step 1      Defining and analysing your topic  (if you have been given an assignment topic), or developing a topic for research if you are taking higher level (Degree and Post Graduate) studies and conducting new research.

Step 2.    Developing search strategies  that will lead to relevant  information on your topic.

Step 3 .   Finding where to look for good quality information sources.

Step 4.    Exploring the different forms of information available. What's the difference between popular and scholarly information? Or between primary and secondary sources?

Step 5.     Evaluating your information. Use key indicators to check if your sources are reliable and appropriate for use in your assignments.

Step 6.     Writing and referencing. Information on different styles of writing (e.g. reports, essays, case studies), and referencing the sources you have used in the appropriate referencing style.


Research skills titles in the library

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The Research Process - Gary D. Bouma; Susan Carland
Call Number: 300.72 BOU Elgar
ISBN: 9780190304621
Publication Date: 2016

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Research Methods and Statistics - Sherri L. Jackson
Call Number: 150.72 JAC Lilydale
ISBN: 9781305257795
Publication Date: 2015

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Practical Research - Paul D. Leedy; Jeanne Ellis Ormrod
Call Number: 001.4 LEE WH
ISBN: 9780132693240

Research methods : a process of inquiry - Anthony M. Graziano
Call Number: 001.42 GRA City
ISBN: 9781292042169
Publication Date: 2014

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Researching Online - David Dolowitz; Steve Buckler; Fionnghuala Sweeney; David P. Dolowitz
Call Number: 001.420285 DOL Nelson
ISBN: 9781403997227
Publication Date: 2008

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The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project - Zina O'Leary
Call Number: 300.72 OLE Elgar
ISBN: 9781848600119

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