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HOW TO RESEARCH FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT: A
QUICK AND EASY STEP BY STEP GUIDE.
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1. CREATE A LIST OF KEY WORDS FROM THE
ASSIGNMENT QUESTION OR TOPIC.
These words will be used as search words for your
research
Here is an example:
The deprivation of liberty, especially for long periods, is intended to
have deterrence value.” Discuss this statement in the context of
imprisoning offenders in order to deter people from offending
2. PAIR YOUR SEARCH WORDS
Pairing search words will ensure that you get the most
relevant results from your search. For example:
Deprivation of liberty and deterrence
Imprisonment and deterrence
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You can also come up with synonyms for the key words
to use as search words as this helps in finding more
research articles. For example:
Incarceration and deterrence
Incarceration and crime reduction
Prison effectiveness
3. START SEARCHING
Once you have your search words ready, it’s time to
find those articles. In order to get peer-reviewed
research articles, it is best to ensure that you have
access to reputable academic journals. Most universities
offer free access to a lot of subject-specific databases
you can use via the library portal.
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For more relevant results, choose at least one subject-
specific database in which you will use your paired key
words to search.
If you find this difficult to do, I suggest you start with Google
Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/
By punching in your paired search words (one pair at a
time), a list of relevant articles will pop up. You can
then browse through the articles by reading the abstract
to select the ones most relevant to your topic.
4. Time saving tip: Once you have chosen the articles
you will use for your assignment, create a list of
references or bibliography (depending on your
referencing style) immediately. You can add new
research articles to this list as you find new ones.
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This will help you save time as all you have to do after
the research is writing your assignment and adding in-
text citations.
Always remember: never attempt to start any
assignment without doing research first. Once research
is out of the way, writing will be a walk in the park.
I hope this quick guide has helped you in getting started with
your assignment research. All the best!!

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HOW TO RESEARCH FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT: A QUICK AND EASY STEP BY STEP GUIDE. 1 1. CREATE A LIST OF KEY WORDS FROM THE ASSIGNMENT QUESTION OR TOPIC. ✓ These words will be used as search words for your research Here is an example: “The deprivation of liberty, especially for long periods, is intended to have deterrence value.” Discuss this statement in the context of imprisoning offenders in order to deter people from offending 2. PAIR YOUR SEARCH WORDS ✓ Pairing search words will ensure that you get the most relevant results from your search. For example: ➢ Deprivation of liberty and deterrence ➢ Imprisonment and deterrence 2 ✓ You can also come up with synonyms for the key words to use as search words as this helps in finding more research articles. For example: ➢ Incarceration and deterrence ➢ Incarceration and crime reduction ➢ Prison effectiveness 3. START SEARCHING ✓ Once you have your search words ready, it’s time to find those articles. In order to get peer-reviewed research articles, it is best to ensure that you have access to reputable academic journals. Most universities offer free access to a lot of subject-specific databases you can use via the library portal. 3 ✓ For more relevant results, choose at least one subjectspecific database in which you will use your paired key words to search. If you find this difficult to do, I suggest you start with Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/ ✓ By punching in your paired search words (one pair at a time), a list of relevant articles will pop up. You can then browse through the articles by reading the abstract to select the ones most relevant to your topic. 4. Time saving tip☺: Once you have chosen the articles you will use for your assignment, create a list of references or bibliography (depending on your referencing style) immediately. You can add new research articles to this list as you find new ones. 4 ✓ This will help you save time as all you have to do after the research is writing your assignment and adding intext citations. ✓ Always remember: never attempt to start any assignment without doing research first. Once research is out of the way, writing will be a walk in the park. I hope this quick guide has helped you in getting started with your assignment research. All the best!! 5 Name: Description: ...
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