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Key words are words in a question that tell you the approach you should take when answering an assignment question.
Keywords can include content (topic), limiting (restricting), and task (instruction) words.
"Determine and describe the basic components of an electric power system for a small business centre with five 20 storey high rise buildings."
Source: University of New South Wales
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Good note keeping is one of the best strategies you can use to maintain academic integrity. Make a habit of recording the resource's 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more advice on note-taking)