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Research guide for Pathway program students.

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About this Guide

The goal of enrolling in Pathway and Academic English courses is to acquire the reading, writing, and speaking skills necessary to assume university level study and research. This guide is primarily for Pathway program students.

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Pathway Course and Programs

The Pathway English program provides students with the English proficiency and academic skills needed to successfully learn via the medium of English throughout their studies at VinUniversity.

In the Pathway English courses, students will develop their fundamental academic skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing   while increasing their range and accuracy of grammar, pronunciation, and academic vocabulary.  In addition to English language proficiency, students will acquire other academic skills that will prepare them to meet the expectations of a modern university environment.

Remote Access

Members of the VinUni learning community need to authenticated to access many of VinUni's online resources such as databases, journals, books, and data. 

Current students, faculty, staff, and certain community users may access online resources from anywhere. 

To log into resources from off campus you must use your name and password. Log in using the Library Account button.

Important: If you are logging on to library online resources from a public computer, PLEASE remember to close your browser when you are finished using the online resources. This will prevent others from misusing library resources.

Basic Search Techniques

  • Choose an appropriate resource
    • Books
    • Articles
      • Research Databases
      • Specific Journals
    • Primary Sources
  • Break down your topic
    • imagine the title of the ideal book or magazine article
    • identify the key concepts
    • think of synonyms or alternate words for each of the key concepts
  • Use appropriate searching techniques
    • primo discovery service (Library's one stop search engine)
    • boolean operators (and, or, not)
    • phrase searching
    • truncation/wildcard symbols
    • field searching
    • setting limits
    • refining your search (using subject headings/descriptors and other terminology)

Primo Discovery Service / Watch video (7.01 min)

Boolean Operators / Watch video (3.40 min)

Research Guide

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Tony Tin
VinUniversity Library
Subjects: English