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Master of Management (Accounting)

Research Skills and Resources Checklist

Do you have good research habits?

Here is a checklist of steps in a typical research cycle. Which steps do you already practice?

  • Comprehending your assignment question
  • Planning a search strategy
  • Identifying the highest quality resources
  • Searching for key information and evaluating the results for quality and relevance
  • Documenting your process - stay on track

Library guide - beginning research

Establishing these habits will save you time and make you an efficient and effective researcher!

Do you know how to locate and navigate these key library resources?  

  • Library services that are available to Masters students?     
  • Subject Research Guides?  (other than this one)   
  • Key academic and professional journal titles in your field?
  • The Discovery database?    
  • Key Company, Industry and Country databases in your field?      
  • Bibliographic management software such as Re-Cite and EndNote?   


Book a one-to-one consultation with your Business and Economics Librarian:
Start working on your assignment then contact us for assistance to make sure you are on the right track!

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Studying and Critical Reading

What is the recommended amount of time to be spending on your studies?

The recommended amount of time spent reading and studying on top of class contact hours is 8-10 hours per week per subject (that is, an extra 2-3 hours study per contact hour).

Time spent reading is only part of the equation, critical reading is the other part.

What is Critical Reading?

Critical Reading is active reading that requires you to examine and interpret a given text by asking questions, annotating passages and taking notes. It involves evaluating the author's perspective, looking at influences and interpretations of the content to determine the extent to which you are willing to accept the information presented.

Because "regardless of how objective, technical, or scientific the subject matter, the author(s) will have made many decisions during the research and writing process, and each of these decisions is a potential topic for examination and debate, rather than for blind acceptance (

7 critical reading strategies - Salisbury University
Critical thinking checklist - University of Wollongong
What is critical reading - University of Leicester

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More Information on Literature Reviews

The Literature Reveiw Guide is an introduction to the Literature Review process, including what is a Literature Review; its purpose; and strategies, guidelines and resources to help you get started.