Using Academic Resources

Begin with a plan or a working outline. Assess the questions you have been tasked to answer, or the proposal you have put forth, and brainstorm ideas about how to approach the topic or data. Consider what surveys, panels or research sources will be required to provide the most comprehensive information.

Once the big picture has been considered you are ready to begin - armed with your well conceived and prepared plan. The next step is to determine where to source the information required. This may include establishing the demographic groups appropriate for panels or surveys or the historical data available about a topic or issue. Most university courses will require the reference material to be from credible sources such as peer reviewed journals. Once the background and prep work is done you are ready for compilation and analysis.

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