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POLM876: Effective Library Research for Politics Dissertations: 1. Introducing Dissertation Research

Online support to assist with planning and conducting your library dissertation research

Plan Ahead

 

Don't just jump in and start searching!

Allow yourself some planning time .

Spend some time at the start of the process, thinking  about your research topic and scoping out the best way to manage your library research.

This time investment will pay off in the long run, as a well managed approach to your library research activities will contribute to the success of your final dissertation/project.

You will understand what you need, where to find it, and how to evaluate, manage and reference the material.

 

 

Where to start

 

It can seem a little overwhelming at first and you may not be sure how to start scoping out your research activity.

It can help to break things down into steps to guide you

It is useful to think of these under four headings

Identify

Find 

Evaluate

Reference 

You'll find out more about these steps as you work through the tutorial. 

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