In your graduate study, you’ll be required to refer to a number of sources as a part of your learning and research, which means a lot of reading. Because of this, you may find yourself racing against time to complete your tasks and manage your study and work-life balance, and it’s important that you develop strong search, reading, note-taking and organisation skills. The following resources can help you with all of these skills and more:
Improving your information search skills
- Access your course-specific Library and research toolkit from the Library page or the left menu of your subject in the LMS to learn about library search tools, support and resources.
- Use the Library help sheet on information literacy as a further resource on writing good search statements.
Reading critically and reflectively
- Use the strategies outlined in the Academic Skills guide on reading effectively to advance your reading and comprehension skills.
- Consult the Library help sheet on reading skills for activities and added advice on reading strategies.
- Refer to the Library help sheet on critical reading to assess if a reading material is relevant and useful for your purposes.
- Access the Academic Skills guide on reading critically to learn ways of improving the way you assess written information.
- Attempt the interactive exercise on evaluating sources and learn the different criteria you can use to determine the validity of the information you read.
- Read the evaluate section of this Library guide for some quick tips, tutorials and information on evaluating source materials.
- Refer to the University's CourseWorks resource on note taking, which covers several note taking methods.
- Read the Academic Skills guide—taking notes from texts, an additional resource on note taking that includes handy diagrams.