Before you start a thorough search for information to inform your assignment or research study, you should first ensure you have enough background information about your topic:
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It may be helpful to do a scoping search to understand your topic further and get an understanding of the nature and extent of existing literature on that topic. This is particularly important when carrying out independent research as it can help you identify gaps in existing research, which may then help you formulate and finalise your research question.
Once you understand the topic, you can start to explore your search question in more detail and define your search terms.