Succeeding in postgraduate study
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Succeeding in postgraduate study

Question 2

It is important to think before you search for information.

How well does the following statement match what you do when you begin a new search?

Before I begin a new search for information for an assignment I spend some time thinking about what I already know, what the gaps in my knowledge are and the best types of information to meet my needs.

Select one:

a. 

This is what I aim to do.


b. 

I do this to some extent.


c. 

I don’t really do this.


The correct answer is a.

Discussion

It is a good idea to take this kind of approach to planning a search, particularly if it is a complex one. If you are clear what you are looking for to begin with, it will save you time in the long run.

Spending some time before you search thinking about what you already know, what the gaps in your knowledge are and what types of information which will meet your needs will help you to be more focused. It will enable you to make a quicker decision on whether or not the information you find is what you need.

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