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Research: Proquest Research Companion for Covid

A centralised repository of information to help those undertaking research especially at Postgraduate level

Proquest Research Companion for Covid

Find here access to short videos outlining things to consider when embarking on your first research assignment. They are supplied for the Covid period by Proquest until 30 June 2020.

Click here to access Proquest Research Companion. (Note : You don't need to create an account to access the videos.)

Topics include:

  • Finding Information
    • Where do I start?
      • Feeling overwhelmed 
      • Ten basic terms
      • Scholarly arguments
      • Pep talk
    • How do I choose a topic?
      • The trouble with strong opinions
      • Asking questions
      • Finding a gap in the research
      • Narrowing your topic
    • Where do I find information?
      • Places you can go
      • The open web
      • The digital library
      • Beyond the internet and library
      • Searching the open web
      • Searching library resources
  • Evaluate Information
    • How do I evaluate sources?
      • Identifying source types
      • Primary and secondary sources
      • Peer review
      • Scholarly journals
      • Scholarly books
      • Websites
      • Social media
    • What counts as evidence?
      • What information will prove your claim?
      • Confusing "evidence of" with "consistent with"
      • Confusing feelings of certainty with evidence
      • Confusing anecdotes with evidence
      • Finding evidence
      • Expert testimony as evidence
      • Statistics as evidence
      • Matching data to claims
  • Use information
    • How do I write a thesis statement?
      • Thesis statements as debatable claims
      • Provable
      • Difficult to refute
      • Educates readers
      • Relevance test
    • How do I organise my argument?
      • Beyond the five paragraph essay
      • Two audiences
      • Context
      • Definitions
      • Sub claims and evidence
      • Conclusion
    • How do I avoid plagiarism and find my voice?
      • Plagiarism
      • Two kinds of citations
      • Things to cite
      • Finding your voice
      • Summarising
      • Paraphrasing
      • Quoting
      • Rules for citing
    • What do I look for when I revise?
      • Why revise?
      • Organisation
      • Cutting
      • Paragraphs
      • Sentences
      • Formatting
      • When are you done?
    • How can I do better?
      • A time for reflection
      • Reflecting on your end product
      • Reflecting on your process'
      • Making your argument your own