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 TASK: CASE INVESTIGATION
Assignment question: Prepare a Case Investigation on your chosen organisation which critically assesses the emergence, evolution, and end of the terrorist organisation, with reference to theory and evidence.
This assessment is designed to develop your insight into how and why terrorist organisations rise, evolve, diminish – or alternatively, persevere. Consider the effectiveness of counterterrorism approaches against the organisations.
Please note: this is a condensed version of your assessment topic, please refer to your subject outline for the full details of your assessment, including the marking rubric
|Instruction words||case investigation, prepare, critically assesses, reference|
|Qualifying words & phrases||theory and evidence|
|Key concepts||terrorist organisation, emergence, evolution, counterterrorism|
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.
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.