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Planning an effective search strategy can save you time and retrieve more relevant results.
At this first stage, you need to work out:
what the assessment is asking you to do
how you are going to search for answers to the question
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.
Finding background information
Finding background information on your chosen topic before you pick a claim might seem like doing more work, when you could just jump straight into in-depth research, but it actually provides you with important context that can make the rest of your research project more efficient.
There are a number of places to find background information:
Reference resources like encyclopedias and dictionaries
Reliable websites (from informed or authoritative sources; see the Evaluate tab for how to check)
Books, including manuals and textbooks
Some types of news articles, including reviews, feature articles and explainers.
While you shouldn't use Wikipedia as a source in an academic paper, it can be a fairly reliable source for background information. Citations in Wikipedia articles can sometimes lead you to other good sources, especially on contemporary topics.
Call Number: Wiley Electronic book, unlimited user access
Publication Date: 2018
This major new reference work offers a complete historical and theoretically informed view of Islam as both a religion and a sociocultural force. Uniquely comprehensive, it surveys and discusses the transformation of Muslim societies in different eras and various regions, providing a broad narrative of the historical development of Islamic civilization. This text explores the complex and varied history of the religion and its traditions.
Historically, the rise of Islam was a turning point among turning points. Trace key phases in the life of Muhammad, from the founding of the faith through his years of opposition and his ultimate establishment of Islam as a religious and political entity. Assess the global impact of these events, and analyze their reverberations today.