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This guide includes tips on how to research an essay topic, critically evaluate information sources and referencing (citing) the material you find.

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Researching and Narrowing your Topic

Assess and evaluate the essay question:

"Sustainability is a paradigm for thinking about the future in which environmental, societal and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit or an improved quality of life". (UNESCO 2015)

Choose an issue from the list below; explain the sustainability challenges from an environmental, social and economic point of view and discuss responses to these concerns that could help to achieve sustainability.

1. Food production
2. The health and livelihoods of groups of people seeking asylum
3. Lifestyle choices in urban or community settings
4. Resource usage in a professional workplace (e.g. hospital, school, law firm, etc.)
5. Tourism

Example: Promoting education on sustainability in schools

Focusing on the education aspect of sustainability in schools

Sustainability, education, schools, attitudes, awareness, promotion

Expand your search with:

Truncation symbol: *

enables a word to be searched by its stem

•sustainab* = sustainable, sustainability, sustaining
•educat* = educating, education, educated

Quotation Marks “ ”

enables you to search for a phrase

“primary school education”

"tertiary education"

"sustainability practices"

"environmental sustainability"

Your search strategy might be:

attitude* "tertiary education" sustainability "northern territory"

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Brainstorming & synonyms You do this by deciding on the best terms to represent the topic and concepts (the main ideas), and then think of alternative words which may have been used, known as synonyms. 

Connectors You then connect the concepts with the Boolean AND operator, and the synonyms with the OR operator: AND is a command which finds all the words, OR finds at least one word.

Finding phrases You should also put phrases in quotation marks so that the they're found as exact phrases "environmental sustainability"

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