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Library research skills


Welcome to the Library research skills guide! This guide is designed to help you get started with the research process, especially during your first year at UniSA and UniSA College.

You will already be doing research as part of your everyday life without realising it. Every time you collect, organise and analyse information to learn more about a certain topic you are conducting research. This guide will help you transfer those existing skills to your study at university.

If you can't find what you are looking for, visit Ask the Library and a friendly librarian will help with your query. Watch the video below to learn more about the Library and how we can help you.

The research process

You already search for information everyday! Whether you are trying to find a store that has the latest shoes, a street name in the GPS or the latest information about a favourite TV show, information is everywhere and learning to navigate it effectively will save you time in finding what you want.

Searching for information at University is similar however there are a few techniques and tips you can learn to make sure you find the right information. Use this guide to find search help to make sure you create the best assignment possible.

Click on the + symbol to learn more about each stage of the research process, this is not a linear process and you will go back and forth between these stages as you learn more about your topic.

Tips from UniSA students

There are a range of resources and services where you can connect with and learn from UniSA students. Gain insights and tips from other students to study more effectively.

Want to know more?

Check out the below resources for more tips on getting started with study and research at university.