In this section you will focus on your topic.
We will describe the orientation phase, how to define and if necessary to limit your topic and how to determine your search terms.
In the chapter Orientation on your topic we will give you some tips on how to find general, introductory information on your topic and how by doing so you will get a clearer idea about how to approach your topic.
The next chapter is Defining your topic. In this chapter you will learn how to define your topic more precisely. Ask yourself from which research discipline you are approaching your topic. Will you need sociological literature, historical literature? Can you limit your topic by geographical area or time period? All this will help you find relevant information sources to help you answer your research question or problem.
We will then take a look at search terms. How do you decide which search terms to use to find information on the subject you defined in the orientation phase? Suggestions for finding more or different search terms will be given, along with tips on what to do if your search produces too many or too few results.
After studying this section you will know how to develop an initial idea into a clearly defined subject of study.
You will know how to find your way around the subject, how to delineate it, and how to decide on useful search terms.
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