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Literature searching: How to find and use databases: 1. Analysing your topic

An introduction to undertaking literature searches. Planning your search, selecting search terms and constructing searches. Evaluating material you find, and recording and referencing the sources you use.

Analysing your topic

First of all, take time to analyse your research topic – if you do this you are more likely to find relevant information.

Pick out the different aspects of the question and concepts involved.


An assessment of the alternative options for further constitutional change in Scottish politics.

Constituent elements:

  • assessment;
  • alternative options;
  • further;
  • constitutional change;
  • Scottish;
  • politics.
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