Research skills

As a student here, you'll be expected to find information to support your studies.

Developing good information skills will help you do well in your course, as you'll be marked on the appropriateness of the information you choose.

To find good quality information, you'll need to know:

Read through these pages and watch our video for some top tips and guidance on key areas, including reading lists, essay questions and bibliographies.

Researching your assignment

You may also undertake your own research and the following tools will help:

Preparing your dissertation

For advice and guidance on preparing your dissertation, read the online resource: Dissertation research.

Using Library Search

Library Search is your key research tool to find what the library holds or subscribes to. Here are some key guides to searching:

Using Nvivo

SPSS online tutorial

An Open University OpenLearn Introductory online course on using SPSS is available freely to the public.

The University IT training team runs an SPSS basic Introduction course.

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