Researching your assignment

Researching your assignment

Find books and articles on your reading list

Reserve

recommended readings for your course unit including books and audiovisual material.

MultiSearch

for resources held by the Library, including those not on your reading list. Tips for using MultiSearch

Unit readings

electronic resources for your unit, such as journal articles, book chapters, past exam papers and more can be found using the Unit readings tab.

Journals

find specific electronic and print journal titles.

Understand your assignment question

Analysing a topic and listing keywords

To develop a search strategy, identify the key concepts or ideas contained in your topic. Note: databases and catalogues can be searched by keywords.

Example question:
Discuss factors that influence the relationship between food intake and children's behaviour.

Three main concepts are contained in this question:

Concept 1: Food
Concept 2: Children
Concept 3: Behaviour

Refer to recommended readings, dictionaries, encyclopaedias or textbooks to obtain a better understanding of these concepts.

List alternative keywords for each concept. These additional terms could be more specific or more general alternatives.

Concept 1
FOOD
Concept 2
CHILDREN
Concept 3
BEHAVIOUR
hunger
diet
nutrition
sugar
infants
girls/boys
adolescents
hyperactivity
anxiety
depression
lethargy

Find background readings

Identify resources appropriate to your assignment

Having analysed your topic, decided on your keywords, and developed your search logic, the next step is to match your information needs to the appropriate resources.

For example, your assignment task may require:

Information resources may be in print or electronic format.

There may also be valuable resources in other formats such as video recordings, audiocassettes, maps, multimedia CD-ROMs, and posters.

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