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Anatomy and Physiology: UO BIOL 1052: Foundations of Human Biology 1

Assignment Help

  Help finding peer reviewed articles for your ePoster

What you need to do?

This guide will help you find peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles to inform your e-poster.

Remember to always read the Course Outline or website for the assessment instructions and assessment rubric.

1. What is a peer reviewed article?

For your eposter, you need to find peer reviewed journal articles. These are sometimes called scholarly or academic articles.

Peer reviewed articles have been evaluated by experts in the field before they are published. Peer review is often one way to determine quality.

Use the short guide or video below to find out more:

2. Interpret your assignment task

Background reading can be useful for finding out more about your body system. The following database can be useful for giving you a general overview:

Tip: Scroll down and select the Physiology module.

Use a mindmap or table to organise ideas about your body system and process.
Think of:

  • Key concepts
  • Synonyms or alternative terms

It is important to consider how people describe a particular body system or process within the literature. Terminology may vary.

For example, if you were looking at the alveoli and gas exchange you could do the following:

Main concepts


gas exchange

alternative concepts)





exchange of air

gaseous exchange

alveolar air


This table is not comprehensive, you may find more concepts as you begin to search.

Tip: when considering what concepts to use you may need to search on broader body systems to find information e.g. lungs for alveoli.

3. How to search

The Library catalogue can be a good place to start your search.

  • From the Library homepage, select  CATALOGUE > ADVANCED SEARCH (top right).
  • Type a different concept into each field. Notice they are connected using AND.
    Tip: Select the + symbol for a new search field.

search example, library catalogue: alveoli

  • Add any synonyms (alternative keywords) using the connector OR. This will broaden your search and make it more comprehensive.
  • Use double quotes around phrases, for example, "gas exchange"

example search 2: alveoli synonym search

Tip: use the * symbol to find different word endings easily. For example gas* will find gases and gaseous.

  • Select Search.
  • Use the Tweak my results menu to limit your search. Try:
    • Show only: Peer-reviewed journals.
    • Resource type: Articles.
    • Publication date: 2014 - 2020.

4. Where else can I search?

Library databases or Google Scholar are also good places to search for evidence.

PubMed search example:
  • Start by going to Advanced search (located below the search bar).
  • Type your first concept into the search box. Use the connector OR to add any synonyms or alternative concepts.

search example in Pubmed - alveoli OR alveolus OR capillary OR capillaries

  • Select Add with AND to add your first concepts into the query box below.

  • Add you next concept adding any synonyms with the connector OR.
    search exmaple image for second concepts - "gas exchange" OR "gaseous exchange"

  • Use the Add with AND button to add it to the search.

  • Notice each concept is grouped using brackets and connected with AND.
    image example of final query box with both concepts

  • Select Search.

Google Scholar search example:
  • Access Google scholar from the library homepage.
  • Start by typing each of your different concepts into the search box.

    Tip: use double quotes around phrases.
  • Add any synonyms or alternative concepts using the connector OR and brackets.

    Tip: the brackets around concepts (alveoli OR alveolus) help process the search correctly.
  • Select the search symbol.
  • Use the left menu to refine your results further by date range.
  • Select Fulltext at UniSA to view articles.

5. Top tips when searching

  • Change the search terms you use to find different results.
  • Use synonyms or alternative concepts to make your search comprehensive. This is important as not everyone uses the same terminology within the literature.
  • If you find a relevant article:
    • read the abstract to find other keywords you could use to broaden your search.
    • look at the reference list to see whether there are useful resource listed.


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