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About This Guide
This guide has been compiled to support higher degree research students and academic staff undertaking research. It draws together a range of tools, from books to help you decide whether you really want to start a thesis to the resources which enable you to manage your research output.
First steps as a researcher
At the very start of your research journey
- Visit your liaison librarian
- explore research methodologies
- learn Endnote
More than libraries and databases
Find information including:
- efficient searching
- finding books
- advanced database searching
Manage your information
- use Endnote
- keep up to date
- analysis tools
Locate peers and colleagues
- use citation analysis tools to find people
- measure the quality of your research colleagues (or yourself)
Good publishing decisions can boost your career
- how to decide on the best journal to publish your research
- look at what the experts say
The Library is here to support you in any way we can. Contact your Liaison Librarian or the Library Help Desk by phone, email or in person. Attend a class or ask us to walk you through a process. We are here to help you.
Tools for research
Endnote is the recommended citation management software for staff, postgraduate, research and honours students. It is available on all USC networked machines and can be installed on private machines (PC and Mac).
nVivo- Qualitative research software
Available to USC researchers: Information on acquiring the software for Windows or PC available from your USC Software Centre Account.
Training available with a USC LinkedIn Learning account.
Completing Literature Reviews using nVivo 11
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Sage Research Methods A research methods portal that will help you with all aspects of research methodology.
Covers quantitative , qualitative and mixed methods research.
SAGE Research Methods links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools.
WE RECOMMEND that you create a user account and login in. This will give you full access to all the tools and resources in SRMO.
Individual books included in SRMO are also listed separately in the Library catalogue. Many titles are also held as hard copy books in the Library.