Welcome to the Research Skills LibGuide. This guide explains the main steps involved when you are researching 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 usually includes :
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 studies and conducting new research.)
Step 2. Developing search strategies that will lead to relevant information on your topic.
Step 3 . Finding 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.