Answered By: Hayley Hughes
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2018     Views: 589

For a brief explanation of research basics, see this short presentation. 



Conducting research is a process made up of several steps: 

  • IDENTIFY: Decide what you need to know, and identify the themes and keywords to use. Appreciate what you are being asked to do before jumping straight into the assignment. Read the assignment several times and underline the significant words, and if you’re not sure, ASK!
  • LOCATE: Use structured techniques to enrich and refine your search. 
  • ASSESS: Check that the material is current and relevant, evaluate the source of material and check the quality and purpose of the information. 
  • UTILISE: Make use of the material you have discovered, being careful record your research so that you can cite and reference correctly when you include the material in your assignment.

For more information about how to conduct research, please see our Library Skills for Research Skill Unit.

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