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Research Skills: Starting your search
A guide to help you improve your research skills: make the most of your time to find and retrieve the information you need.
Identifying your Information need: The first basic steps you should consider for an effective and efficient search strategy;
Approaching your search process: A reflection on what you as a student or researcher should aim to achieve from your search.
Information Literacy and you: A short video to help you map the skills we touch on here with your wider learning, teaching or research activity and how you experience information use in the real world.
Where to search: An overview of some of the places you might plan to start your search
The short (5 minute) video below helps to frame why carefully thinking about why you want information, what that information is, and how you could and should use it is important, both as part of your studies or current research, and in how you experience the real world.
(Note: it outlines one model of 'Information Literacy', from the American Association of College & Research Libraries)
Where to Search?
Collections and Resources available to you
Quick, simple, but broad search across book, database and journal collections (see our video guides).
Includes museum and repository (theses, publications & data) collections, newspaper content and other materials.