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:
From your Subject Outline the Report assessment task:
You have been given an article that discusses CSR
For this assessment task:
|Instruction words||Define, discuss, recommend, incorporate, apply|
|Qualifying words & phrases||last decade|
|Key concepts||corporate social responsibility (CSR), managerial responsibility, CSR developments|
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.
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.
|Keywords||Synonyms or related terms|
|CSR||corporate sustainability, sustainable business, corporate conscience, corporate citizenship, responsible business, business ethics...|
|corporate||company, business, organisation...|