Researching your assignment
Find books and articles on your reading list
recommended readings for your course unit including books and audiovisual material.
for resources held by the Library, including those not on your reading list. Tips for using MultiSearch
electronic resources for your unit, such as journal articles, book chapters, past exam papers and more can be found using the Unit readings tab.
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.
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.
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:
- Definitions and word meanings
- Background information or overview
- Research publications - primary literature
- Research publications - secondary literature
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.