Weekly Research Tips

Definitive Statements

Beware of making definitive statements that may prove to be false. For example, before writing a statement such as "Our study was the first to ...", ask yourself if you have searched the literature well. Also, because some publications do not show up on literature searches, consider cautious wording, such as "Our study appears to have been the first to ...".

Published date: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:08
Manage Your Time

Make sure you set aside one or more periods of time each week when you devote yourself to research and don’t let other demands impinge on this time.

Published date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 12:05
Make Meaningful Connections

Publicise your research and make connections with other researchers as much as you can. Make contact with others working in areas related to your interests even if they are in different departments or in other universities in different countries. Join relevant research networks or start your own.

Published date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:31

Think carefully about who you collaborate with on research before agreeing to do so. Good collaborators will add immensely to your own work whereas bad ones will make your life difficult and you won’t be happy with the outputs you produce.

Published date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 09:28

If no external deadline has been set, set deadlines for yourself and try to adhere to them as much as you can. This would help you finish in time and then move on to the next piece of writing.

Published date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:33
Seek Mentorship

Seek out the advice or mentorship of more experienced academics whose research you respect.

Published date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 08:53
Organize Your Files
Create a file on your computer to write down any research idea you have, however rough and however brief, even if it is just a provisional title and some notes about possible content. It can always be polished and developed later or even discarded if you decide eventually not to go ahead with the idea.
Published date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 08:53
Reference Your Sources

Cultivat the habit of loading citations straight into your writing each time you make refernce to other works or as soon as you come across them. Use free computerised online reference manager such as Endnote, Zotero or Mendeley track your references.

Published date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 08:47
Be Organised

Planning time use is essential when there are many demands on your time.

Published date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 16:54
Choose The Right Sources

Find out how many and what type of sources you need by looking at your assignment, syllabus, or by asking your professor.

Determine the types of information you need to support your assignment: Research is found in scholarly articles, books provide topic overviews, and newspapers provide journalists reports on current events and research.

Published date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 16:49