Top tips!

1. Begin by looking at your module resource/reading lists

Once you find a useful resource, look at its reference list as this will lead you to other sources.


2. Know your resources

Use the subject guides on the Library website as an index to key material for your topic.


3. Go beyond Wikipedia

  • You can use it as a springboard for your research, e.g. for context, references and keyword ideas.
  • It is an encyclopaedia – so don’t cite it!


4. Researching is different to just searching

  • You’re not looking for an answer.
  • Instead you’re curiously exploring your topic.


5. Research is a slow process!

  • It can feel messy and meandering in the early stages.
  • It’s good to allow time for your initial ideas to develop and change.
  • Reflect on chance discoveries and explore connected ideas.


6. Keep track of what you find.

Use a system or app for collecting and organising your research like:

  • Pocket
  • Evernote


7. Ask for help!

If you get stuck, your subject librarian can help to get you restarted.