When we look for day-to-day information online, we think about two things:
These two steps are the same for academic research. To find information for your PROJ assignments you need to understand:
Search online, use encyclopedias, textbooks, lesson notes, or even Wikipedia to learn more about your topic and develop a better understanding of the history, companies, people, terminology, development, innovations, news, etc.
This gives you focus during your research process. Your topic becomes a question. The sources you find must answer that question in some way. E.g. "Portable Microscopes" becomes "Which portable microscopes are the most durable and why?"
e.g "Which portable microscopes are the most durable and why?" - our main concepts here are 'portable microscopes' and 'durable'.
Think of synonyms, product names, company names, acronyms, related scientific concepts and processes.
Now that you have written out related concepts for your topic, you should have a better understanding of what words to use as search terms in the library and online. Your search terms can be combined together in different ways to find sources for your topic.
AND - find all the terms (ex. "pocket microscope" AND performance)
OR - find any of the terms (ex. miniature OR USB)
NOT - exclude a certain term (ex. camera NOT Nikon)
" " - keep specific words together in exact order (ex. "portable microscope")
* - search any ending on a root word (ex. electric* [= electric, electricity, electrical, electrician]
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