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JST497 Research Skills Guide: Keywords (Topic Analysis)


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.

Topic Analysis

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:

  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.CSU has a list of explanations for common instruction words.

Assessment item 3 - Develop a national Multi-Agency Policy


Write a national multi-agency investigations policy (with justification) based on your area of practice.

1. Write a national multi-agency policy based on your area of investigations practice. (@ 2000 words)

2. Justify the efficacy of the policy and its future relevance and applicability to your area of investigations practice. (@1000 words)

Your response must reflect significant academic research and reference relevant literature, policy, legislation and case law (include at least 10 academic references).

Instruction words Write, policy, justify, research, reference
Qualifying words & phrases Your area of investigations practice
Key concepts Multi-agency, investigations, policy, future

Topic Analysis

Find additional keywords

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.