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Introduction to Research Skills

How to Use this Guide

The thought of academic research can be intimidating, but the process can be simplified by breaking down your research into a series of steps. This Introduction to Research Skills guide will walk you through the basics of academic research, providing tips and suggestions for each stage of the research process. In total, the guide consists of 6 main sections, each of which are listed in the Guide Contents below. Please note that 3 sections have subpages that provide additional context and resources. You can navigate the guide by using the tabs at the top of this screen, or by clicking the "Next" button at the bottom right of each page.

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How to Research

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