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Research support: Starting point

Using this guide

To get the most out of this guide, follow the tabs above. As well as research-specific information, you will also find information on accessing more general library services. 

Helpful tools

There are a number of tools you can use to help you get started on and develop your research journey:

Guide to Research Support

As well as this guide, you might find our Guide for Researchers publication useful:

Who is this guide for?

This guide is for anyone who is undertaking research of any description, and at any point in their academic career. Subject librarians can help students and staff with research support at all levels from undergraduate to postdoctoral. We can provide help in a number of ways. Guidance can be given in one-to-one or groups sessions to students dissertations or extended pieces of writing for the first time, or to academic colleagues handling literature reviews to support their own research. We can also give more generic guidance to cohorts of students undertaking research in relation to particular modules.

LEAP Online

LEAP Online (formerly BISSTO, Bolton Interactive Study Skills Tutorials Online), includes a number of sections that will be of interest to you if you are doing any research. Click on the image above to access LEAP Online.

Databases for research

A key part of undertaking research, especially at a high level, is having an appreciation of previous research. Often known as a literature review, this systematic seeking out of previous research is essential for academic context. If you are considering doing research at a higher level still - for example, an MPhil or PhD by research - you need to be able to demonstrate your contribution to the body of knowledge: the higher the level of research, the greater the requirement for originality. 

There are a number of databases you could use to help you here:

Your Research Support Librarian

Anne Keddie
Contact:
01204 903281

Contact the Library

General library queries:

Call 01204 903094 or send a message to the Help Desk

General IT queries:

Call 01204 903444 or send a message to IT Support

Contact a Librarian:

Call 01204 903232 or send a message to the Librarians

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