Research Skills

Develop the skills for independent research at school and university.

Course Director: Emily Houghton

Deputy School Librarian, Eton College
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Course overview

Our Research Skills course develops your ability to conduct independent research that goes far beyond your textbooks or basic internet searches. You will learn how to gather information from a wide range of credible resources and how to structure the research process. You will learn about tools and techniques to save you time and how to reference your sources correctly.

Syllabus

1

Good Research

  • The research process
  • Why you shouldn’t only use a popular search engine
  • Recognising your biases

2

Planning Your Research

  • Defining the information needed
  • Managing your time
  • Saving research and organising notes

3

Finding Resources

  • Different search platforms
  • Refining your search
  • Techniques for evaluating resources

4

Using Resources

  • Strategies for reading for different purposes
  • Drawing conclusions and synthesising different sources

5

Referencing

  • How to write research up
  • Academic honesty
  • Referencing sources and creating a bibliography

6

Presenting Your Findings

  • Best types of outputs
  • Using visual aids

Research Skills – learning outcomes

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define your information need
  • Manage your research time
  • Organise your research in the most efficient way
  • Use critical reading techniques
  • Use advanced search features
  • Write up your research
  • Convey your findings in a credible way
  • Reference sources correctly

Study options

Students can choose from two study modes to best suit their schedule and learning needs.

Self-Study

£49

Self-paced, independent learning which students complete at their own pace.

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  • 7-10 hours of learning materials
  • Diagnostic test to measure skill level
  • Progress dashboard
  • Certificate of completion
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Important information

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Entry requirements

The minimum level of English required to participate in our courses is Upper Intermediate or B2 on the CEFR.

My favourite part was the amount I have learnt. It has been so informative, and I will take on board all of the tips and tricks, not only in my research project, but to aid me in the future.

- Aizah, Research Skills, UK
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