A topic analysis will help you to clarify what your assessment question is asking you to do. It is also the foundation upon which you will build a solid search strategy - so make sure you don't skip this step!
The video below describes the process of conducting a topic analysis.
The sources of information you will use will depend upon the question you need to address in your assessment task. Below are the most commons sources you would use in your assignments, along with their main features.
Recommended readings in your subject site can give you an idea of the type of resources that your lecturer values.
Distinguishing between citations for books, book chapters, journal articles and websites can help you to search for the items in Primo Search, Google Scholar, or Journal Databases.
Below we list some of the most common resources and their citation structure when formatted in the APA 6th style.
Once you have identified the key concepts of your topic it is often useful to find alternative keywords.
This is a useful exercise because the words used in the different material might vary and you don't want to miss out on a good source because it uses a different term.
|Socio-economic status||Social status, demographic|
|Education||Literacy, schooling, teaching, training|
Online dictionaries and thesauri can help you identify synonyms. You can find them on the Online Reference Page
Not all information sources are suitable for use in your assessment tasks. Watch the short video below to help you to distinguish between popular and scholarly information.