The Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website has a number of resources to help make sense of the assignment and instruction words.
Using mind maps:
This assignment requires you to choose a health topic and two countries to focus on.
Watch the video below on how to develop a focused research question from a topic of interest found on the World Health Organisation website.
To choose a topic:
To search effectively, it is important to first prepare a search strategy.
1. Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic, then consider alternative words for these concepts. Together, these will become your searchable keywords.
|Key Concept||Synonyms and alternative concepts|
prevent, intervention, control
2. Create a search string by combining your concepts using the connectors AND and OR. Use OR to combine all your similar concepts, and use AND to combine the different concepts.
|Line 1||prevention OR prevent OR intervention OR control|
|Line 2||diabetes OR diabetic OR diabetics|
|Line 3||Australia OR Australian OR Australians|
|Connector||AND / OR|
|Line 4||China OR Chinese|
You could use either AND or OR to combine the concepts Australia and China. Try both to see which delivers the best search results.
Tip: You may find it better to run two searches: one for Australia and one for China.
The Library Catalogue can be a useful starting point in locating quality information.
Use the Library Catalogue to find:
Learn to use the Library catalogue by working through the interactive tutorial below.
Journals and journal articles are a great source of quality information.
To search in Scopus:
To refine your results:
Tip: These search strategies can be applied when you are searching in other databases.
Your assignment also suggests that you search beyond the Library databases.
Try Google Scholar to find material from educational and government websites.
Using Google Advanced Scholar Search:
Tip: It is important that you evaluate a website closely to ensure that the information is reliable.
To do well in this assignment, you need to identify and use quality resources.
Once you have identified potential articles, you need to start evaluating them to determine which articles are the most relevant and appropriate.
Demonstrating appropriate academic writing skills will help you succeed in this assignment.
View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help writing your assignment, or to make an appointment with SEU staff.
Your assignment requires you to reference correctly in the Harvard UniSA style.
If you fail to reference correctly you will be required to fix your references and resubmit your assignment.
Use the Referencing Roadmap to learn how to reference different resources correctly.