globalization = too broad
globalization on outsourced employees living in Bellville, Cape Town = too narrow
globalization on outsourced employees = manageable topic
keywords = globalization, human rights, outsourced employees
Before you start searching a database for articles, make sure that you understand the topic and what you are being asked to do.
Background reading – is important for:
Gaining an overview of the research topic and an understanding of relevant concepts.
Identifying potential search terms.
Your background reading may also point to further initial sources of relevant information.
Check an encyclopaedia or dictionary for a precise definition of terms.
An example of a leading dictionary which have an online version is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It has a definition of globalization.
What are you being asked to do?
Be clear about the actions required to respond to the topic.
Discuss – consider the aspects of the topic and provide a point of view, based on authoritative evidence. Depending on the topic, you may be asked to “analyse”, “compare and contrast”, “evaluate” etc.
If you are unsure of exactly what is required, consult your lecturer or tutor.
Understanding your assignment question is an important first step in getting started with planning keywords to use for your search. It may sound simple, but it is crucial that you understand your assignment questions- misinterpreting what the question is asking you to do will waste time as you may use different search terms based on the question.
Consider the following:
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