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Education: Your Assignment

This guide will provide you with starting points for finding information on Education

Books on Research

Introduction to research methods : A practical guide for anyone undertaking a research project / Catherine Dawson


Research methods : A practical guide for the social sciences / Bob Matthews and Liz Ross.


Check the library search and catalogue for books on research




Research - Basic

Getting started...

Try these steps:

  1. Start with your text book and recommended readings
    Available through AUTonline or Course Resources
    Some will be full text online; others will be on two hour loan in the High Demand Room in the Library: level 4 at City Campus or past the Lending Desk at North Shore Campus or .... at Manukau Campus.
  2. Define the terms used in your assignment.
    Use your prescribed text, an encyclopaedia or a reliable online source.
  3. Identify the main concepts in your topic. 
    Refer to our Library Chat online tutorials to help you build a search using these concepts.
  4. Find more books.
    Use these keywords and search techniques to search the Library Search.
  5. Find articles from newspapers, magazines and journals using your keywords.  Search international and New Zealand Databases or use Library Search.
  6. Keep track of your sources and don't plagiarise.
    Check our APA 6th referencing guide.

More help  

Research - Advanced

Do you need ...

more help finding material for your research? 

  1. See the tabs in this Guide for Books, Databases,
    and Websites.
  2. Use Library Search to search across most of what the Library holds (books, e-books, articles, DVDs etc).
  3. Still not enough information?
        Use the big three research databases:
        ScopusGoogle Scholar and Web of Science
        They are enormous and cover all subjects.
        They also allow you to link to articles that cite
        other articles.
  4. Please feel free to contact your Liaison Librarian

 to know more about research models and theories? 

  1. Find books on research methodology in the social sciences.
  2. Browse the shelves on level 5 (in the City Campus library) at 300.72 and 001.42 Many books on qualitative and quantitative research in the social sciences are shelved here and are useful for many areas including health, business, communication, etc.

       3.  Select from the huge variety of guides to academic writing and creating literature reviews available online and in the Library's specialist online databases; e.g.Sage Research Methods or Emerald.

to keep up to date with research in your area?

to find theses?