Article: Introduction to research skills
Submitted by Gillian Siddall, Academic Librarian
I wrote an article “Introduction to research skills”, for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) journal Information Professional. The article promoted and discussed the online tutorials I have developed with the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG).
These tutorials are designed to help information professionals to get involved in research. Even if they have already done some research, there is plenty to explore, including a guide on how to respond to the journal peer review process. The tutorials take you through the research process from start to finish. The specifically look at:
- Making research approachable, how research can help you in your role,
- How to plan research, what to consider,
- Doing research.
Throughout the tutorials there are links to relevant journal articles showing the research in practice and also references to books for further information. We hope these tutorials offer a good starting point for the research journey and help to dispel some of the ‘myths’ around the research process. After completing the tutorials we hope colleagues will have ideas on how to test some of the theories they have about their work that can help provide evidence for their service. The final tutorial takes the participant through the final steps to publishing research so the rest of the library and information profession can learn from their project.