Doing your own research
Are you working on your Masters dissertation or another major course assignment?
Then you'll need to find, evaluate and use relevant information resources on your topic - going beyond what is included on course reading lists or bibliographies.
A Google search is only part of the answer as you won't find most of the academic and professional information sources that you'll need using it.
The following short, online tutorials and related information pages will help you get started.
Finding relevant information
Finding journal articles
More online tutorials are available which include how to find information from the UK and United States governments and official information from the European Union and the Council of Europe.
Using the information databases for your subject
Whatever your subject, there will be a database available from the Library which focusses on your information needs.
Visit your My Subject page to find out which databases are available.
Citing and referencing your sources correctly
You must cite the sources you have used to provide evidence to back up your assertions, conclusions etc. using the citation or referencing style required by your department. If you do not, at best you will lose marks and at worst you may be found to have plagiarised other people's work.
Find out how to cite the publications you have read.
Using software to manage your references
Save time by learning how to use RefWorks or EndNote - software packages which help you collect details of all the publications and other sources you find and then cite them correctly in your written work.
Note: If you are a distance learning student, use RefWorks as all you need is your Web browser and an Internet connection. EndNote is available on University PCs or you can buy a copy for your personal use at a discounted rate.
Please note:This RefWorks tutorial, and related tutorials, is provided by RefWorks. Visit our local login information to find out how you log in to RefWorks at the University of Leicester. Visit our RefWorks help pages.
Please note: this introductory tutorial is provided by the publisher of Endnote. Visit our Endnote pages for information about using Endnote at the University of Leicester.
Find out more about plagiarism and how to avoid it (information available from the Learning Development website).
Visit our Help page for contact information.