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The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance: Research Help

Understanding Your Topic

Before you begin searching for information, you should thoroughly understand the topic you are researching. Dictionaries and encyclopaedias are a good place to begin. Dictionaries provide definitions of unfamiliar terms, whilst encyclopaedias give more detailed explanations and overviews of topics.

Once you understand the basics of the topic think, about the key terms (concepts) and any alternative terms to broaden or narrow your search. You should choose three or four main points when searching for information covering your topic. Try to go from general to specific, eg. entrepreneurship AND South Africa

Sage Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a tool designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them. 

Watch this video to learn how to start your research on SAGE Research Methods by walking through an example of how Sarah, an undergraduate Psychology major, uses the tool to help with her research.  You will learn how to search content, refine results, review abstracts, download PDFs, cite research, use the Methods Lists feature, and discover related content.

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