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Research Skills: Research Skills

Critical thinking

Research skills

Developing your information searching skills

·         how to use Eolas to search for print and electronic  sources

·         how to search for peer reviewed articles

·         pinpointing useful sources for your subject

·         evaluating the information you find on the Internet

·         the principles of copyright and referencing


Improving your research skills

·         selecting and accessing databases

·         creating search strategies

·         advanced database searching 

Discretional reading


Free book websites

  • Free online textbooks for students. Covers topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.
  • Corpus of Electronic Text (CELT) The online resource for Irish History, Literature and Politics
  • Google Book Search Google has joined forces with a number of Libraries and publishers to provide free access to books, if you don't get the entire book, you might get to see a sample chapter or the table of contents.
  • The Online Books Page Features links to over 30,000 free books on the web
  • Project Gutenberg The Internet's oldest producer of free e-books
  • Universal Digital Library Free digitized collection of over 1 million books and other material
  • Women's Writers Online Texts by pre-Victorian women writers (1400 to 1850)

Postgraduate Research Support

Lit search guide

School Liaison Librarians

To ensure you are making the most of the resources available you can book an appointment with the School Liaison Librarian by email

Systematic searching

Essay Mills

Generative AI