The activities and example searches in this tutorial are based on the example topic detailed in the Topic Analysis box below. When working through the activities and searches in this tutorial please feel free to replace the examples provided with your own topic.
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:
This Guide is based on the following example assignment question:
Prepare a report on the soybean industry in Australia.
|Instruction words||Prepare, report|
|Qualifying words & phrases||Australia|
|Key concepts||Soybean, industry|
Once you have decided on a topic you need to think of words and phrases to use in your information searching.
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can also help you to find additional keywords and may provide an overview of a concept.
Search the Macquarie Dictionary for the keyword soybean and take a look at the alternative terms suggested, these terms, including soya bean and soy are synonyms which could be used as alternative keywords in your information searching.