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Research Skills

Information to help students find, evaluate, reference, and write for their assignments

Welcome to the Research Skills LibGuide

Library, Research and Information Literacy skills

This guide is designed to help you with the with the skills you need to write successful assignments.

We will look at:

  • Why and how we research
  • The different types of research assignments you will be asked to write.
  • How to research and find the information you need and to critically evaluate it.
  • Tips on writing and referencing.

Information Literacy is the ability to find information, critically evaluate it and then be able to appropriately apply the information to your everyday life (and of course your assignments!)

Why do we research?

Why do we research?           

Whether you realise it or not, research is something we are doing all the time whether it is finding out the latest sports results, looking for our dream car, shopping around for the best deal, finding a new job or reading up about your favourite musician.

The ability to research and find out information is an important part of life and participating in society.

When researching for your assignments, like in life, you will need to vary the methods you use to suit the topic and requirements, this section will cover the types of research you may need to do and how to get started.