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Ornithology Research Skills Guide: Topic 1: Identify Information


The Academic Skills Team have some useful resources for different assignment types, including academic writing style and essay writing tips.

Identifying what you need

Exploring and selecting from a vast amount of published information can be extremely time-consuming so it is important to know how to plan and carry out this work effectively.

Starting early will give you time to identify the right information for your particular assignment. At this first stage, you need to work out:

  • what the assignment is asking you to do
  • how you are going to approach answering the question/s
  • the information resources you will need for your answer.

If you are confused or unsure about the assignment topic, ask your lecturer or tutor who will be happy to talk it through with you.