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.
A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
You will generally be given three key pieces of information:
Your ITC105 Assessment 2/3 requires you to prepare and write a report on one of the following topics:
From your assessment task descriptions in your Subject Outline we can identify the following:
|Instruction words||write, review, research|
|Qualifying words & phrases||last 3 years|
Aged care; working from home; professional sports
As part of these tasks you are expected to research:
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.
Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.
Oxford Reference Online is a huge repository of subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference-type material.