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SAGE Research Methods
E-books, articles, videos and case studies about research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed). Topics include data analysis, interviews, focus groups, literature reviews, systematic reviews and many others.
Systematic Reviews Guide
Advice on doing a systematic review: how to formulate a question, write a protocol, search literature, manage references, select studies, assess evidence and write-up.
Guidance on conducting research syntheses and systematic reviews
For advanced searches on the topic of research methods, you could also search databases such as Scopus: connect to these via Search the Literature
Help with accessing resources
Training videos / presentations
The Library delivers training to help students deveop skills in literature searching, evaluating information and avoiding plagiarism. By applying such skills, you can develop transferable lifelong skills and potentially attain higher grades.
For all SPS Undergraduate Yr1 programmes
For all SPS Undergraduate Yr2 programmes (also relevant for final year)
Part 1 provides an overview of the Library service and explains how to search the Library Catalogue for a specific article, journal of book.
Part 2 covers Literature searching to help you identify what's published on a topic (particularly across peer-reviewed journals). Content includes how to search library databases and save results of interest.
As part of the University's DoctoralSkills programme, the LIbrary provides information skills sessions and materials. These are available to research postgraduates and academic staff, and cover such topics as literature searching, data management and getting published/cited.
Improve your study and writing skills
Skills for Study
Tutorials including activities and tests covering note taking, critical thinking, plagiarism and referencing
Improve your software skills
Research Software Learning Online
Guide to online courses (provided by O'Reilly Learning) covering Excel, Git and GitHub, LaTEX, MATLAB, Python, R and RS Studio, SAS, SPSS, Stata and SQL
Where can I study or practise presentations?
Past exam papers
We provide exam papers from the past 5 years - if you can't find a paper, your department may have restricted access or the unit code may have changed