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ELS503 Research Skills Guide: 1.1 Analyse the assignment question to find search terms

Watch this tutorial.

A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.

Watch the video below to learn more about the process of analysing your topic.

Let's try an example

Now, using what you have learnt, look at the following hypothetical question and consider what information you want to find and what keywords you might use to find that information

"Discuss how racism might affect student achievement in schools. Your answer should include research in the Australian context".

 Instruction word:      Discuss:     
Qualifying words and phrases Australian context
Key Concepts  Racism, student achievement, schools






Keywords Synonyms Possible truncations
racism racist, race relations, institutional racism, multiculturalism, discrimination, minority groups, prejudice racis*, multicultural*
schools  education, classrooms, teaching, teachers school*, educat*, teach*
achievement  evaluate, evaluation, result, results, performance, success, outcome evaluat*, result*, outcome*

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