Step 1 →
Break down your research topic.
► Think about and identify:
for example: identify, compare, explain, describe, evaluate, argue or create.
Keywords can be: broad eg. Animals, for general information, or narrow (specific) eg. dogs and behaviour, for more specific information.When searching for information using phrases remember to enclose the phrase in inverted commas eg. "dogs behaving badly". As your research and understanding of your topic progresses you will refine and add to your subject heading and keyword list, and you may have to repeat some research steps to take into account what you have learned.
► Remember to:
keep good notes and good track of references to your sources throughout the research process.
Depending on your research needs, consider using an external Library.
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For a general overview of a topic, search for reference books (check the Library reference collection). Try consulting:
Browse the Library shelves. In the Langer Library, non fiction books are classified into and shelved in subject order using the Dewey Decimal system; most Libraries use this system. This makes it easy for you to browse for books. The broad subject division is as follows:
000 Generalities (005 Computer software)
100 Philosophy and Psychology (170 Ethics)
300 Social sciences (330 Economics, 340 Law)
400 Languages (420 English, 430 German, 440 French, 450 Italian, 460 Spanish;490 other languages)
500 Natural sciences and mathematics (510 Maths, 520 Astronomy, 530 Physics, 540 Chemistry, 550 Earth Science, 570 Life science, 574 Biology, 580 Botanical Science, 590 Zoology)
600 Technology (Applied sciences) (610 Medical science, 620 Engineering, 630 Agriculture, 640 Home economics, 650 Management, 657 Accounting, 670 Manufacturing including metals, textiles and clothing, 690 Building)
700 The arts (720 Architecture, 740 Drawing, 750 Painting, 760 Graphic art, 770 Photography, 780 music, 790 Sports)
800 Literature and rhetoric (810 American, 820 English)
900 Geography and history (910 Geography, 930 Ancient History, 940 Modern history)
Step 3 →
Locate and read articles and other information.
Bring your research together.
► Evaluate (review) your research methodology and results. As you research and your knowledge of your topic improves, repeat any steps as required.
► Communicate the results of your research. Go back to Step 1 and the assignment task sheet and make sure you cover everything required. Make sure your assignment is written in you own word. DO NOT PLAGIARISE.
Plagiarism is using the ideas or comments of other writers and presenting them as your own. When writing assignments you are required to identify and acknowledge (reference) the work of others: direct quotations, ideas, paraphrased comments; in short, any information that is not your own. Use the Harvard Referencing system.
The SLASA Online Referencing Generator Harvard is a software tool that can help you construct references. You will need a password to access (see Library staff).