Building your Research Skills

An introduction to knowledge and skills to help you become a more able researcher.

Make Sense of "Scholarly," "Academic," and "Peer Reviewed"

What is Scholarship? - Longer presentation (Open to full screen to view)

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Start your Research

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Develop a Problem Statement - Research Question or Thesis

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Understand Why Academic Databases are Important

Know How to Make Academic Databases Work for You

Go to for many tutorials for most of our databases. All are short (generally 5 minutes or less).

Know How to Evaluate Information

Understand the Uses and Cautions of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The university has a policy and a set of guidelines on the use of AI at TWU. Both are PDF downloads. Start there.

Avoid Plagiarism

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Create Citations without Writing them From Scratch

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More About Misinformation / Disinformation

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