Building Skills

Undertaking research requires a range of skills, and proficiency with certain research tools can save you time and effort. Which research tools you need will depend on a number of factors, including your methodology and the nature of your data, but it's best to think about this before embarking on your research. Questions you might want to ask include:

  • What software will I need to know how to use?
  • What tools can save me time and effort?
  • What are my existing areas of expertise and how can I capitalise on these?
  • What gaps are there in my understanding and how can I remedy this?
  • What is the ultimate goal of my research and what could stop me from reaching it?

The Library offers a range of regular workshops which you can read about on the Library Workshops page. Alternatively, for a more bespoke experience, you can request a consultation

Occasionally, vendors such as publishers and database providers visit and offer training in the use of their tools. To see what's coming up, see the Database Trials Page.

See also:

University of Waikato Doctoral writing conversations (DWC)

Research Skills Development Framework (RSD)

Free software for staff and students

Need help?

  • For assistance, reach out to the Open Research Team at [email protected].
  • For additional resources, explore our Express Research Workshops, a collection of online, self-paced tutorials that complement our regular Research Workshops, covering various topics.