Research and library skills
Developing research skills is very vital in your approach to learning as it is central to preparing your answer to your assignment question. Research shows you other people’s perspectives, and helps you to develop and clarify your own thoughts and ideas. It is then possible to support your argument by integrating the work of others into your assignments. Research is an important component of your assignment preparation process.
Research has been described as re-searching - meaning going over what others have already discovered in the relevant literature and resources in your field. In tertiary study, you are expected to use other people's work (their ideas and information) to support, develop and clarify your own.
In some undergraduate subjects, you will undertake actual research involving, for example, surveys, psychological testing, and so on. You would also be expected to undertake research in postgraduate research degrees but at a much more complex level involving ethics approval and so on. In most coursework assessments, however, research means collecting literature relevant to your topic, reading it, reflecting on it, and developing a line of argument you can support (or write about!) Of course, students undertaking higher degree research will also need to be familiar with this.
Researching means you will need to become familiar with the resources of the Library.
There are basically three main sources of information available online:
- Library catalogue (OPAC)
- Digital library
Searching for information from these three different sources therefore requires three different search strategies:
- Library catalogue (OPAC) search strategies.
- Digital library search strategies.
- Internet search strategies.
The video that we are going to view next will show you some basic search strategies.