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Question 1 + answer
What are appropriate sources to use in the orientation phase? Name two.
The quickest way to get a general idea about an initial subject is to look in a printed or online handbook or encyclopedia.
Other reference works may be useful as well, such as a dictionary.
Don't forget, you can always ask an expert (i.e. your lecturer) to help you get started.
Question 2 + answer
Name two ways to define your topic.
There are various ways to define a topic, for example:
- geographical: which country/region?
- period: which year(s), decade, century?
- language: Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic...
Question 3 + answer
For the following subject, find
- a synonym
- a different spelling
- a broader search term that will produce more results
Subject: Renaissance painting in 14th-century Tuscany
If you have looked in handbooks or encyclopaedias, for example, you might have discovered the following:
- A synonym for the term ‘renaissance’ is ‘rebirth’, and ‘mannerism’ is the term for the late Renaissance.
- ‘14th-century’ can also be written as ‘fourteenth-century’.
- The 14th century is still within the period of history known as the Middle Ages, but the Renaissance continues into the Early Modern period.
- Tuscany is Toscana in Italian.
- ‘Italy’ is a broader search term for ‘Tuscany’.
These are just a few possible answers.