Understand your assignmentFind Background InformationIdentify KeywordsRefine topicControlled Vocabularly
Search StrategyFind BooksLocate and access BooksFind ArticlesFind WebsitesFind other sources (grey literature and conference proceedings)Find full-text articles
Evaluate SourcesPrimary vs. Secondary SourcesTypes of Periodicals
ParaphrasingNotetaking
PlagiarismTurnitinReferencingReference management tools
HarvardOther Referencing Styles
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How do I do my assignment? Find, access and use information effectively: a step-by-step guide
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Overview

The research process typically includes five broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.

Step 1. Start out
Understand your assignment  | Identify keywordsRefine a topic  | Controlled Vocabularly

Step 2. Find information (learn how to locate and access information and data)
Search strategies | Find books Find articles | Find websites | Find other sources | Find full-text articles 

Step 3. Evaluate information
Evaluate sources | Primary v secondary sources | Types of periodicals

Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information
Notetaking | Paraphrasing 

Step 5. Use responsibly
PlagiarismTurnitin | ReferencingReference managing tools Copyright 

Referencing styles
Harvard | Other referencing styles

Training programmes

 

 

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Acknowledgement

Some aspects of the framework of this libguide as well as parts of the content of the libguide were copied, with permission, from The Research process: step by step libguide of the Johnson & Whales University.

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