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Research scope

Searching for resources on your subject will be more effective if you have already defined the scope of your research. You may find it helpful to consider the following questions:

  • Does the research cover a particular time period?
  • Does the study cover a specific geographical area?
  • If the study involves people, what age group, gender and place of origin are to be included?
  • Are all dates of publication to be included?
  • Is the research going to cover publications from other countries?
  • Will the research include other languages and scripts?
  • Are all perspectives to be considered? For example, philosophical, political, psychological, etc.
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