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CIVE 1001: Construction 1 - Assignment 3

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Before you start, read the assessment instructions available on your learnonline course site.

CIVE1001 Library orientation

 Video Length: 12:58

Start here

Planning your search is key to getting the most out of your search results. The following video will help you get started.

 Video Length: 2:26

   Key points from the video
  • Searching for your whole assignment is not very effective
  • Identify the key concepts in your question or topic
  • Think about what other words (similar words or alternative terms) might be used to describe the key concepts
  • Connect your concepts using AND and OR
  • You can change your search as you find more information
  • Searching for your whole assignment is not very effective
  • Identify the key concepts in your question or topic
  • Think about what other words (similar words or alternative terms) might be used to describe the key concepts
  • Connect your concepts using AND and OR
  • You can change your search as you find more information
   Read: How to plan your search

The rest of this page will outline the key steps for planning your search as discussed in this video: identify keywords, consider alternative keywords, connect your keywords as well as understand assignment types and copyright.

Step 1

   Identify keywords

Typing your question into Google or the Library Collection is not the best way to search.

Mapping out your search can be a good place to start:

  • Identify the keywords (also known as key concepts) in the assignment question - these are the words which give meaning to the question, the main ideas
  • Remove task words (also known as instruction words) from your assignment question - these are the words telling you what to do with the key concepts (e.g. analyse, compare, discuss)
   Test your knowledge

Step 2

   Consider alternative keywords

Now you've identified the keywords in your assignment question, try doing the following to help you understand your keywords and find similar or alternative keywords:

Use the course readings, an encyclopedia, dictionary or reliable websites to understand your topic

Use a thesaurus to help you find similar or alternative keywords

Do some basic initial searching using the keywords you've already identified to see what other words are used in the papers you find. Create a mindmap or table to help you brainstorm alternative keywords

   Test your knowledge

Step 3

   Connect your keywords

Once you have identified your keywords and found alternative keywords, you need to connect these to put your search together.

Use the following operator words, which most search tools will have, to indicate how you want the tool to search for your keywords:

  • OR: Combines similar keywords
  • AND: Combines different keywords
  • NOT: Excludes words from the search (use cautiously and only when necessary or you might exclude results you actually want)

Remember to use "quotation marks" to keep phrases together and (brackets) to keep synonyms together.

   Test your knowledge

Step 4

   Visit Study Help

You also need to understand the requirements of your assignment. The Student Engagement Unit has created a suite of resources called Study Help that can help you understand different assignment types.

For this Assignment, have a look at:

Check NCC

  Check NCC 2019 Volume Two

To access NCC 2019 Volume Two you need to register with the National Construction Code website and verify your email address.

navigate to register with National Construction Code

Once your verification is confirmed, Login to the Australian Building Codes Board website, select NCC > NCC Suite, scroll to the bottom of the page and select NCC 2019 Volume Two.

Navigate to NCC 2019 Volume Two

Alternatively, you can access via your eReadings link on your LearnOnline Course page - remember to register with the National Construction Code website and verify your email address.

Check Standards

  Check Standards

Read How to find Australian Standards below for step by step instructions on how to search for Standards in TechStreet.

   More help with Standards

Examples of how to reference and do in-text citations for Standards:

To access standards not included in the current subscription or any other questions, please contact the Library:

More information can be found in the Patents and Standards Guide.

navigate to the Patents and Standards Guide, Standards tab

Referencing help

   Referencing
   Why you should manage your references

Referencing is how you acknowledge or provide evidence of other people's work in your academic writing.

Learn more by watching Managing Your References.

 Video Length: 1:55

   What do you do with all those references you have found?

Use a bibliographic management software to store, organise and cite your references. The Library supports the bibliographic management tool EndNote, although there are many free systems available.

More information on EndNote can be found in the EndNote guide.

navigate to the EndNote guide

Feedback

 

For more help with this assignment please contact Ask the Library or the Student Engagement Unit.