You already search for information every day! Whether trying to find a store with the latest shoes, a street name on google maps or the release date of your favourite TV show, information is everywhere and we have to learn to navigate it effectively to find what we want.
Searching for information at University is similar, but you need to find the right information. Use this guide to find search help, tips and starters to help you create the best assignment possible!
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:
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 how a mindmap can be used to organise ideas:
Created using bubbl.us
You can use one of the following tools to create a mind map or draw one by hand or even in a Word document.