The banana test

Research Degree Voodoo

When we talked about introductions last week, I said not to be too broad.  How do you know if you’re being too broad?

My colleague Karen says: ‘Use the banana test’–if you can substitute your key word for ‘banana’ and it still makes sense, it’s not specific enough.

Throughout history, political processes (bananas) have been significant to human society.

Since the nineteenth century, political processes (bananas) have become increasingly more accessible to ordinary people.

Since 1973, people over 18 have been eligible to vote in Australia, thus expanding their engagement in political processes (bananas).

Banana in parliament

So we can see that last one is actually about right.  Much more specific than you might have thought!

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