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Research Skills

Research Skills

Research skills - (sometimes called "information skills") - are skills which will help you to identify, find, evaluate and manage the information that you need so that you can effectively and efficiently find the right material for your studies and work.

You will have developed some research skills already without even realising it e.g. looking for information on the internet is an "research skill".

  • Know when you need to know something!
  • Know the different ways to find this piece of information - e.g. will you find the answer in a book or in a database?
  • Know which is the most efficient way to find what you want.
  • Be able to locate and access the information you need.
  • Be able to compare and evaluate information obtained from different sources.
  • Be able to organise, apply and communicate this information to others such as citing references in an essay or creating a bibliography.
  • Be able to take the new information and relate it to what you already know.
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