Research Skills

Research, an essential academic skill, is the act and process of gathering and reading information that helps you learn more about an essay topic. 

Every writer has a research system that was initially borrowed from someone or cobbled together from various people. If you’re in university or college and you want to get better grades, it’s time for you to come up with your own.

These resources show you the most effective strategies for basic essay research. If you’re confused about what we mean by “scholarly databases,” we’ve also put together a short list of some common ones, including open-access directories and library webpages that allow you to login and view restricted articles.

If you need one-on-one help, your university or college might offer tutoring through a writing centre or a similar service. If you're a student at one of our partner institutions, you can visit our Help Centre for more information about academic services (advising, tutoring, and more). Institutions also have reference librarians who can help you navigate the library system to find what you need.