Research skills

Research allows you to discover new ideas and expand your understanding of different subject areas. It's about asking questions and finding answers, and it will form an essential part of your education, especially as you advance through university.

Workshops and events 

A range of bookable workshops are also available and can be booked through CareerHub. Workshops that target your research skills include Finding Resources, Evaluating Resources and more.


This booklet is a guide to some of the most important aspects of research projects. Whether the project is as small as a research paper or as big as your final dissertation, the techniques covered will give you the background you need.

Whether you're starting out on your first assignment or conducting advanced research, Search skills Guide will help you to find good quality information for you to use in your assignments and research and will make your searches much more focused and efficient. 

For more information, see our referencing guides which outline the main styles used by departments at our University.

Moodle courses

Essex Student Journal

The Essex Student Journal is an online academic journal run by and for Essex students. The journal helps students develop their writing, feedback, and research skills by introducing them to the publishing world in a supportive environment. The Essex Student Journal is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to the publication of high-quality undergraduate- and Masters-level writing, with a commitment to creating accessible and engaging content for a non-specialist readership.

Find more information about the Journal, including how to submit as an author and sign-up as a peer reviewer.

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