The important words within your assignment question can generally be separated into three categories:
You have a better chance of finding information and answering your assignment question if you have a clear idea of the concept of your assignment. For example, let's take a close look at the following task:
Write a scientific review, using peer-reviewed papers to corroborate your statements, about how habitat fragmentation is affecting the genetic health of species.
|Instruction words||write a scientific review|
|Key concepts; qualifying words & phrases||habitat fragmentation; genetic health of species|
When starting your research, coming up with useful keywords can be difficult. Using a dictionary to find definitions can sometimes help the process by uncovering terms and synonyms.
Try typing the keywords 'conservation' or 'biology' into the Oxford Reference search box below and explore some of the entries. You might find some keywords or concepts you can use in your assessment tasks.