This guide will take you through the different steps that you need to take in order to plan your research project effectively. Following these tasks will help to keep you on track, stay focused and manage your time productively.
Try to start to think about your project early to give yourself plenty of time and be prepared to be flexible in your approach.
Make a note of all the steps you have taken during this process, and this will help you focus on the development of your ideas and concepts.
You can use this as a basis to really hone your proposal and research your chosen subject effectively.
Before you start to undertake your research, spend time thinking about your proposed topic. Take time to note down the main concepts and themes.
We can look at three examples here:
Identify alternative keywords that have the same or related meaning as your key concepts. Try to include a wide range of synonyms. Not all search engines use a thesaurus structure to help you.
Finally, construct your search string – careful selection and combination of your keywords will help you save time and ensure you get the most relevant results. You may need to do several different searches to achieve the best results.