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JST117 Research Skills Guide: Plan Your Search

Topic Analysis

A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment task is asking you to do. This starts you planning your search.

You will generally be given three key pieces of information:

  1. The key topic or concept words direct you in what to 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 has a list of explanations for common instruction words.

Your JST117 Assessment 4 task is to: 

Identify a crime issue, receive approval and direction then develop an Information Collection Plan. 

a)  Locate a recent (less than 3 months old) news report on a crime issue to use as the basis of your assessments.
b)  
Post the news report on the subject Issue identification and tasking board.
c)  Your facilitator will approve the topic and provide you with directions/tasking instructions.

d)  Download, complete and submit the Information Collection Plan template.

Instruction words define, establish aim and scope, describe
Limits less than 3 months old
Key concepts your selected crime issue

Review pages 1-13 of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Criminal Intelligence Manual for Analysts for an introduction to intelligence and the intelligence process.

Topic analysis

Find additional keywords

Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.

In the Oxford Reference search box below, enter some of the keywords you've identified from your assessment question and note down any alternate keywords that you find.

Find your definitions by searching Oxford Reference Online