We all have information gaps; holes in our knowledge about a particular topic.
These gaps inspire us to:
Once you know that you need information, you need to ask yourself, what information do I need?
Look at your assignment question or topic.
Find the keywords. These are the significant words in the question; usually only two or three words.
To work out if it is a keyword, look at the word in the context of the topic.
Words like 'advantages', 'influence' or 'relationship' may have many meanings in different contexts. They are not keywords, but they can tell you the nature of the information you need to find.
If you are unsure of the meaning of a word, use a dictionary to find the definition.
Limiting words help you decide where to start and stop your research, such as:
Use a thesaurus to find more keywords for your topic, and write them down.
You can write them in a list, table, concept map or as pictures. You should include: