Planning your search approach is important to find relevant results.
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Typing your assignment question into Google or the Library Collection is not the most effective way to search.
Mapping out your search can be a good strategy:
Undertake some initial searching and use course readings, encyclopedias, dictionaries, websites or thesauri to find synonyms or alternative keywords, this is important as not everyone refers to concepts in the same way.
Create a mind map or table to capture potential keywords.
Once you have identified your key concepts and found alternative keywords, connect these to form a search strategy.
Use the following search functions to connect your keywords:
Use the following functions to build your search:
Library Collection basic search:
Library Collection advanced search allows you to place each different concept in a new search field:
Refine your results by resource type, publication date, peer-reviewed and much more.
At University, you must acknowledge when you use other people's ideas as part of your assignments. This means referencing using your program area's preferred citation style. For assistance with referencing and academic integrity refer to the University guides below.
Copyright works, protected by Copyright, are material form and have a human author. Copyright protects the expression of the idea, not the idea itself. It protects published and unpublished material, including material available in electronic form.
If you need further assistance, there are a number of resources created by the Student Engagement Unit to help you with your studies.