Support for your Research
The training can be categorised as follows:
Attendance for this training is compulsory as the Library will assist users by providing training that will aid you in learning more about:
Research is searching carefully, with a method, so that you can answer a question. It is wider than finding out a fact and more focused than reading widely around a subject. Research is a process of investigation. It is getting to know a subject by reading up on it, reflecting, playing with the ideas, choosing the areas that interest you and following up on them. Research is the way you educate yourself. Research Skills include using the UWC Library resources and services; planning to do the research and acquire search strategies.
This provides the researcher with training that will enhance the researcher’s literature searching skills when using the various electronic databases the Library subscribes to. Information Search Skills will cover the following:
Developing your skills in this area will help you to:
As part of the continual process of research you are required to keep abreast of current developments in your subject area. One way to do this is to use an automated alerting service. Search alerts is a function of many Internet search engines that lets users specify keywords, phrases or tags pertaining to any topic that you would like to be notified of when new search results are available.
Email alerts, RSS feeds, and tracking engines allow you to:
Referencing is a standardized method used particularly in academic writing to acknowledge the sources used in an essay or paper. It serves as evidence from secondary sources to your research.
Research builds on previous research and although it is essential that you show that you are aware of the current thinking in an area by referencing key works, you should also credit sources that have influenced your own work. This allows readers of your work to trace original sources that you have used as a basis for your arguments. By providing an accurate list of references and properly citing your sources you demonstrate the range and depth of the research you have done, as well as acknowledging the work of others.
One of the key challenges of managing your references is keeping track of all of them in an orderly way. Reference management software can be used for recording and utilising bibliographic citations or references.
Referencing software will help you manage your references, but many products also offer the facility to format citations in your document as you are writing. It is helpful to evaluate reference management tools such as RefWorks , Mendeley and Endnote which automatically generate bibliographies.
Reference management software, citation management software or personal bibliographic management software is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilising bibliographic citations (references). Once a citation has been recorded, it can be used time and again in generating bibliographies, such as lists of references in scholarly books, articles and essays.
The Library has identified the following reference, citation and bibliographic management software:
EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. EndNote is a software program that works with Microsoft Word to automatically format in-text citations and end- of - paper reference lists with your chosen style (APA, MLA, Havard, etc.). EndNote can also be used as a personal database together and store citation records from different information sources. In addition, EndNote allows you to run searches via direct connection to a database. By storing citations in an EndNote library rather than a Word document or Excel file, you can:
Automatically insert well-formatted citations into your paper
Automatically reformat citation style in one click
Tag citations with your own keywords
Search live within your EndNote library
Sort your library by author, title, or date
Other useful tools
SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods Online links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods Online focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.
Articles published in subscription-based journals are not accessible to everyone. Depositing your peer reviewed research into the open access UWC Research Repository means that your work has the maximum reach for all who has access to the internet. It is proven that research that is open access has greater visibility and impact, which can result in collaboration of future research partnerships for authors. Learn how to deposit your peer reviewed journal articles, chapters in books, conference papers and research reports in the UWC Research Repository.