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CCI101 Essay Research Skills Tutorial: Introduction

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Welcome to the CCI101 Essay Research Skills Guide.  

This guide was designed to make your research process easier, and to help you complete your assessment.

You'll need to use this guide while you complete Assessment 2.1 Essay Research Skills Online Test. Most of the questions in that quiz are based on information in this guide. You can also return to this guide when you're starting an essay, for a refresher on the skills the guide can teach you.

When you've completed the Essay Research Skills Tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Analyse your research/essay question and identify relevant keywords to use in a database search
  • Understand the appropriate sources of information to use for university assessments
  • Use search tools for books and journals
  • Search using operators like AND & OR, and understand effective use of truncation
  • Evaluate your resources to make sure they're appropriate for academic use
  • Reference using Chicago Style.

Please also contact your librarians! If you need help with anything library or research related, get in touch with the library.

Wishing you the best for the study ahead.


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