By Anneli Williams
For scholars who have to improve their examining and referencing skills
This advisor absolutely explains you the abilities scholars want for winning educational analyzing and referencing. they'll find out how to choose the perfect resources, entry info, imagine significantly whilst interpreting texts, and make concise notes.
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Try a different key word or combination of words and compare your results. Tips If you do not get any hits, or too few hits using key words from your essay title: try using synonyms (= words that have a very similar meaning) or related words. Instead of management, for example, type leadership. or use a more general term. For example, for Give an account of the role of ribonucleic acid in protein synthesis, you could use cell biology as your key words. Exercise 5 Write synonyms for expressions 1–4.
Type of publication Search terms 1 2 3 4 Searching the library catalogue by key words If you do not know the exact title of a book or journal, or if you want to find out what books and journals are available on your research topic, you can try a key word search. Start by highlighting the most important words or phrases in your essay question. Do not include instruction words or small words such as ‘the’, ‘and’, and ‘in’. For example, if you have been given the question below, you could type in the word management.
What additional words would be included in the search? 1 environmental impact 2 online social networking 3 form friendships Boolean operators A third way of making your search more efficient is to use ‘Boolean operators’. This involves combining your key words using ‘and’, ‘or’ and ‘not’ to make your search either more specific or more general. For example, if you want only articles that discuss both children and adolescents, enter ‘children and adolescents’. The more words you join with ‘and’, the smaller the number of results.