Planning an effective search strategy can save you time and retrieve more relevant results
At this first stage, you need to work out:
If you are confused or unsure about the assessment topic, ask your lecturer or tutor who will be happy to talk it through with you.
Your assessment question will generally give you three key pieces of information:
1. The key topic or concept words that direct your research.
2. The limits or qualifiers tell you the specific focus of the topic or concept.
3. The task or instruction terms tell how you are to deal with the content. Charles Sturt University has a list of explanations for common instruction words.
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, your EMT302 assessment item 1 asks you to ....
To do this, you will need to:
You are provided with a list of topics in your Interact2 site but the following example is based on the broader topic.
different approaches; in a teaching and learning environment, current research
investigate, describe, evaluate, explain
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.
Using an online thesaurus, such as the Macquarie Dictionary/Thesaurus, can help you find alternative search terms.
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