Research skills

Advice, tutorials and support to help you find and evaluate information from the Library and online.

Find books, articles and other information

Our online tutorial will guide you on how to find books, articles, and other information - on the library shelves and online - for your assignments and research.

Finding information for specific subjects

Subject-specific search

Learn how to search subject-specific databases for information that can not be found through Google or the library search.

Resources for your subject

Many of the Library's subject pages have online tutorials offering specialist advice on finding information for your subject.

Evaluate information

Evaluating information: Not everything you find will be useful. You need to evaluate the objectivity, accuracy, authority, relevance and timeliness of the information you've found.

(See also the critical thinking page for help with: interpreting information, questioning assumptions, evaluating evidence and comparing hypotheses.)

Online advice and tutorials

  • Literature reviews workbook: An introduction to the process of writing a literature review that includes video guidance with perspectives from each faculty.  
  • Literature reviews reading list: Suggestions for further reading to help you when writing literature reviews.
  • Research projects: Online tutorial to help you choose and understand your research topic and to manage your project or dissertation effectively (source: Skills for Study website).
  • Conducting your research: How to do a literature search, formulate a hypothesis and research design, conduct your research and analyse your data (source: Skills for Study website).
  • Reporting your findings: Structure and present your findings and understand what you need to cover in each section (source: Skills for Study website).
  • Research with Children online course: An online course on how to conduct research that involves children and young people: doing ethical research and keeping children safe.
    • 1. Go to Research with Children.
    • 2. Log in with your UWE Bristol user ID and password.
    • 3. Click on the enrol button.

Systematic reviews

Our guide to carrying out a systematic review, including how they differ from literature reviews.

Systematic reviews

Qualtrics and online surveys

Log in to Qualtrics using your UWE Bristol username and password.

  1. Visit https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/
  2. You will be prompted to log in with your UWE Bristol login details. 

Getting started with Qualtrics

To access Qualtrics support

Log in via https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/ and close the Welcome screen which may open up. Click on Help in the top right corner.

  • Click the Support site link to access online documentation
    Or
  • Click Contact Support link to log a support query.
    Then choose "Sign in with SSO", enter "uwe" for the Organisation ID, and log in at the UWE Bristol login page if prompted.

Further support

Other support

Faculty study support

Study support specialists in your faculty can provide one-to-one support to help you develop your research skills.

Postgraduate researchers and research staff

Extra services and information for researchers from the Research Support Librarians: search for research methods, learn how to measure research impact, stay up-to-date with your subject and connect with other researchers.

Ask a Librarian

Can't find what you're looking for? Try the 24/7 live chat service. You can also contact the Library by email or phone.

Ask a Librarian
Books on shelves in Frenchay Campus Library.