Assessment 2 for Biol 1015: Sustainable Ecosystems is a Site Survey.
Before you begin, it is strongly recommended that you:
Please read through read the Biological Survey Methods (BSM) - practical manual and major assignment document on your course homepage.
It contains information about the Referencing Style you need to use. It describes that you need to:
Cite reference to published or unpublished sources (surname and year) just after statement in the precise format of citations in Austral Ecology. References must be listed in Section 7, alphabetically by author surname.
If you use EndNote, you can download the Austral Ecology style
Before you start searching it is important to plan your search.
While this assignment doesn't have a question to address, the assignment instructions outline a number of topics that need to be addressed. It may be helpful to plan a search for each of these topics to ensure you get relevant results.
1. Define any terms you are unsure of. Use an introductory book, dictionary, encyclopedia, handbook or website.
2. Identify main concepts in your topics. These will help you form your searches. For example, for the topic "Biological survey":
3. Identify any synonyms or similar keywords for each main concept. You may find it helpful to put these in a table.
4. Add in any:
Once you have identified your key concepts, you need to combine them using AND & OR.
1. OR is used to connect synonyms or similar terms for the same concept.
2. AND is used to connect different concepts.
3. You can also use:
The Library catalogue is a good place to start your search. You can use it to find journal articles, papers, book chapters, and reports.
To search in the Library catalogue:
1. Type your main concepts into the search box
2. Broaden your search by adding synonyms using the connector OR
3. Apply filters by using the 'Tweak my results' menu (left side).
Library databases are online collections of resources which you can use to find articles, papers, book chapters and reports that aren't listed in the Library catalogue. Try ProQuest Biological Science Database.
To search in ProQuest Biological Science Database
1. Type your first concept and its synonyms into the advanced search box
2. Select + Add a row and add your second concept into the search box
3. Refine your search by using the "Refine" menu (left side).
Other databases to try:
Sciencedirect / BioOne / Web of Science / ProQuest environmental science collection / Scopus / ProQuest Biology Databases
PLoS One / Austral Ecology
Try using Google Scholar to find scholarly sources or material from education and government websites.
To use the Advanced Scholar Search:
Biological surveys are a key method for collecting information. The Department for the Environment and Water (DEW) collects detailed information on the size, distribution, abundance, growth, birth rates and mortality for species of plants and animals - threatened or common, pests or endemic - in marine and terrestrial environments.
The Biological Survey of South Australia has been systematically surveying the vegetation and vertebrate fauna of South Australia since 1971 and has covered most of the state's biogeographic regions.
The surveys aim to substantially improve our knowledge of the biodiversity of South Australia, as well as improve our ability to adequately manage nature conservation into the future and measure the direction of long-term ecological change.
The purpose of biological surveys include:
To ensure that this information is collected as consistently as possible, detailed survey manuals have been produced. They cover the Vegetation Survey and Vertebrate Survey techniques required to enable the data collected to contribute to the Biological Databases of South Australia.
(this information was reused from this site - here)
Examples of Biological Surveys in South Australia
Interstate Government Department Websites