If your assignment requires you to decide on your assignment topic/question it is important to think of the following:
Think of a topic that interests you.
Once you start searching the topic the research question you finally settle on may change. You will begin to look at more specific elements of your topic. Watch the video Picking your topic IS research to help you understand this better.
Try using one of the following 'task' words to help you formulate the final question based on your topic.
Understand the background of your topic
You need to have a broad understanding of what you are going to write about. Read a book or find some general information in sources such as:
Do you realise you already search for information everyday! Whether you are trying to find a store that has the latest shoes, a street name in the street directory or the latest information about your favourite TV show online, information is everywhere and we have to learn to navigate it effectively to find what we want.
Searching for information at University is similar however there are a few things / tips you need to know to make sure you find the right information. Use this guide to find search help, tips and starters to make sure you create the best assignment possible.
Watch - Study Help: Plan your search (2 min 26 secs) for tips about choosing keywords and searching for information
Brainstorming / writing down your ideas is useful when thinking about what exactly you are trying to find out. This will help you search for information later on.
Here is an example of a how a mindmap can be used to organise ideas:
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You can use one of the following tools to create a mind map or draw one by hand or even in a Word document.