Research is ” (a) the systematic investigation into and study of materials, sources, etc, in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. (b) an endeavour to discover new or collate old facts etc by the scientific study of a subject or by a course of critical investigation.” (Oxford Concise Dictionary)

This may include using journals, reference books, search engines on the internet or intranet, downloading presentations, articles, chapters from books, papers etc.

If the research is internet based accessibility issues are related to viewing items on the computer screen and interacting via a keyboard and/or mouse. When research is paper based it may need to be available in alternative formats such as audio, braille or large print.

Student Advice

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Online research – free online tutorial that will help you develop Internet research skills.

Making the most of search engines – this comes from Bedfordshire Libraries rather than a university. There are useful hints and tips and further links.

University of Glasgow Introduction to Database Search Skills plus library and study skills tutorials.

University of Southampton searching the web effectively guidance.

Changing the look of accessible web pages by using options in your browser – My Web, My Way.

Staff Advice

Intute Supporting the development of Internet searching and research skills for use in your teaching and training.

Create a customised Google search engine for a customised on-line research experience.

The Open University ‘Making your Teaching Inclusive’ discusses accessibility issues that may arise during private study.