Independent Research Guide

Pile of books with slips of paper inside the pages.

This guide to independent research is intended to help students and scholars who lack institutional support, or anyone who might otherwise be looking for some guidance into how to conduct research. It is aimed primarily at philosophers, although several of the points outlined below may be more broadly applicable. The guide is split into three main sections:

  1. Finding academic material
  2. Critically engaging with texts
  3. Presenting your research


The research guide was made as an OER by Joe Dewhurst as part of the Digital Education module for the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Academic Practice at The University of Edinburgh.

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