You need to have a broad understanding of your topic to help you search for information and write your assignment. Ask yourself the following:
|What do you already know about your topic? What do you need to explore further?|
Do you need to define any terms or get an overview? Use the course readings, handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries or introductory books.
|What types of information do you need (e.g: peer reviewed articles, books, reports, protocols, guidelines etc.)?|
|Does information need to be current?|
|Do any theories apply to your topic?|
|Do you need facts and figures? Try a reliable website or a relevant database.|
Which parts of your argument need references as supporting evidence?
|What are the main concepts in your topic or research question? These will help you decide which keywords to use when searching.|
Quick guides for more help getting started:
If you are required to decide on a research question it is important to pick a topic that interests you if you can.
Focusing your question
Brainstorming and organising your ideas can be useful when trying to form a research question. This will also help you focus your question, and your search search process. Watch the following videos to help you with this process:
TIP: Even though these videos do not use health topics the same theory applies across all disciplines.
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Before you start searching for information you should plan your search. Watch these 2 videos for help:
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Some key steps using the example question: What is the pathogenesis of celiac disease?