Keywords are the words in an assignment question that tell you the which approach you should take when answering the question.
Keywords can include:
Content Words - tell you what the topic area is, help you to focus, think about synonyms.
Limiting Words - define the topic area further, indicate aspects of the topic area on which to concentrate.
Task Words - tell you how to: the action(s) you need to perform, eg. compare, contrast, describe, summarise.
Good note keeping is one of the best strategies you can use to maintain academic integrity. Make a habit of recording the reference details (author, date, title, publisher, place of publication, page numbers) for any notes you take during your research. If you copy a quote directly make sure you also note the exact page number. You might like to create a template like the one below to record your notes:
Keeping detailed notes of your readings will help you develop a more sophisticated response to your assignment questions, as well as save you a lot of time hunting for references and page numbers when your assignments are due. Thinking about how you might use the information as you read will help you stay focused and reduce your reading time.
(This resource was created by Juanita Custance. © VU 2015. Contact the Learning Hub staff for more advice on note-taking)