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Research skills tutorial

Tips and Tricks

Good work, you have completed this online tutorial.  Now for some bonus tips and tricks...

Time savers

  • Use a thesaurus to find alternative words
  • Combine keywords in different ways using a variety of search strategies
  • Read the Abstract first!
  • Save the citation when you find each source
  • Find citation information in DISCOVER, databases and the library catalogue


Help is available

  • How to Guides show you how to search
  • Subject Guides lead you to sources for your subject
  • LinkedIn Learning shows you how to use software and apps
    (Organisation Login - - then USC network username and password)
  • Attend a Drop-in for assignment help
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