This page will help you get started with finding information for your Assessment 1: Report
Always read all the information related to your assessments to understand exactly what you need to do. Make sure you check your:
Define any terms in your assessment you are not familiar with.
Find out more about what types of chronic diseases Australian adults are at risk of. Scholarly books or authoritative websites can be good for getting overviews.
Plan how you are going to approach searching for information. Planning will give you the best chance to get the most relevant results. You might want to:
possible search terms to use in any searches.
Before you search take a few minutes to read the report's aims and description and then start to map out, table or brainstorm possible keywords you could search with.
Tip - Think about how a particular concept may be expressed in the literature. This is important as sometimes not everyone refers to a particular concept in the same way.
Help with mind mapping:
Some mind mapping tools:
You might find it easier to start a table for each concept and add other possible keywords as you discover them.
|chronic disease||dietary habits||Australia|
chronic conditions, chronic illness
heart disease, cardiovascular disease, CVD
obese, obesity, BMI 30+, body mass index 30+
....[other chronic diseases]...
diet, diets, dietary
food, fruit, vegetables, junk food
Read the report's aims and description and then follow these steps:
You can find articles by searching the Library catalogue or Google Scholar.
You may also want to try using a Library database
Databases are search tools that help you find articles, papers, book chapters and reports.
The following two databases are good places to start your search:
Tip - More databases are available under Find the evidence on this guide. Try others if you are having trouble finding relevant information.
This overview will help you understand some of the different types of articles available:
|Popular (magazine) articles||They tend to be written by journalists or professional writers and discuss topics of interest for a general audience. They are shorter and rarely give citations or references. Are not considered scholarly.|
|Trade articles||Come from a trade magazine or professional association publication. Articles target people within that particular profession and tend to keep them up-to-date with particular developments in the field. Are not considered scholarly.|
|Research articles||Contain original (empirical) research therefore they are considered primary sources of information. Are considered scholarly and will most likely be peer reviewed.|
|Review articles||Contain a critical evaluation or appraisal of studies within a particular field or on a particular topic therefore they are considered secondary sources of information. Review articles can include narrative literature reviews, scoping reviews, systematic review or meta-analysis. Are considered scholarly and will most likely be peer reviewed.|
Tips to identify a research article:
Select the Multi-Field Search option to search for a new concept on each line.
Start by putting each different concept on a new line. Notice your different concepts are connected with AND.
Try broadening your search by adding some synonyms or similar concepts to each line. Connect these with OR.
If you need to look for a particular age group, gender (male or men / female or women) or geographic location (Australia) consider adding this to your search.
Alternatively explore what limits are available to you to focus your search. Select Limits (under search box) to see some basic limits. Select Edit Limits to see even more limits!
Need more help putting your searching together? See:
If the database you are searching does not have the full text article available select the Find it icon if available. Find it is a software program which searches for the full text across the Library's collection.
For more help see:
Your report instructions asks you to "use credible academic and other sources (e.g. government websites) which will give you correct and up-to-date information".
What is a credible academic source? An academic source is also sometimes referred to as an scholarly source or peer reviewed (refereed) article. Find out more:
Tip - Remember searching the literature takes time and effort. Also searching is an iterative (repetitive) process. You may need to try different searches and constantly change your search to find what you need.
For further help see: