This guide introduces you to the fundamentals of a hassle-free experience with your assignment/project.
As you embark upon your online learning journey, UCT Libraries, your information partner, is here to support you by:
- teaching you about the standard research elements and processes.
- directing you to relevant and appropriate tools and resources that will simplify your academic needs and enhance your output
- enhancing your research skills so that you are able to search for, find, collect, analyse, interpret and evaluate information relevant to the subject you are studying.
Completing your Research Project
When conducting research, be it a minor assignment or a major project, the fundamental research elements and processes are the same. However, when the breadth and depth of the project changes, the corresponding application of the research elements is required. The following are some standard processes and elements that need to be followed to complete a good research project.
Use the discovery tool Primo, available from the Library’s home page, to search many of our Library's full-text resources (ebooks, articles, videos and more) from a single SEARCH box.
To aid in optimising your searching, here is a guide PRIMO: the Basics of finding electronic materials on the UCT Catalogue.
How to login to Primo
As you are currently working from home, you will be prompted to log in with your UCT network credentials (e.g. student/staff number and password).
There are credible and authentic scholarly literature and research that are freely available online. These journal articles, books and open educational resources will assist you with your research project.
It is ethical research practice to acknowledge the work of authors. Within the text of the research document, work and ideas can be cited using the author’s surname and year of publication. Visit the Libraries Referencing Help page to assist you with citing or referencing.
There are two important reference management tools that are available at UCT.
Library staff have created a range of extremely useful LibGuides, using propriety software, that contain information, resources and links relevant to subjects, courses or general topics.