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