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Getting started with academic research

Introduction to academic research

Research process

Academic research is is a multi-step process that doesn't always go in a straight line; you may find yourself returning to previous stages as you refine your topic. Steps include

Information sources

We recommend you become familiar with the types of sources required for your research project:

At any stage during the research process, you can get help from a librarian by using the Ask a Librarian chat and email service, emailing or phoning a librarian or in person at one of the reference desks.

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Useful Tips

Use our Research Paper Scheduler to help break down your paper into workable chunks. The Research Paper Scheduler will also give you suggestions on different sources.

2013-2014 Student Research Guide (PDF | 8MB)