How to start research at university

what is this topic about?

This topic aims to give you a grounding in the basics you'll need to start researching at university. Virtually every assignment you complete will need to be thoroughly researched, and there's a good chance you'll carry out some research of your own during the course of your degree, as many students do a dissertation or a research project. This is a really exciting opportunity to carry out some original research, and try to answer a question that has not yet been answered - if you're very lucky, you might even end up with a published research paper with your name on it.

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when you've done this topic, you'll be able to:

who should do this topic?

This topic is aimed at undergraduate university students, but postgrads might find some bits useful too.

how long will this topic take?

Each page in this topic will take 10-20 minutes to complete, so if you work through the whole topic it will take you about 2 hours to complete. You can use the topic navigation box to jump to the pages that will be most helpful to you, or you can start at the beginning and work through the whole topic - it's entirely up to you.

what do I need to know before I do this topic?

You don't need any prior knowledge to do this topic.

do I need any equipment or resources to do this topic?

For some of the activities in this topic, you'll need a pen and paper.

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