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Laboratory Medicine: MEDI 1009 - Professional Issues in Laboratory Medicine - Assignment 1

Assignment 1 - Using Reference Texts

This assignment is designed to develop your awareness of the value of Reference Texts as a resource for locating a readily accessible, brief and reliable explanation of specific topics.

Your assignment has 2 parts:

  • Part A requires you to search the library reference collection to provide two relevant definitions of your specific topic.
  • Part B requires you to compile a "You've got what?" information sheet using at least 4 standard textbooks.

At the end of this assignment you must also answer two short questions.

Please refer the learnonline course site for full assessment instructions.  

Find Books for Your Assignment

Search an appropriate source for your question. Consider the types of resources you wish to find.

Books can provide:

  • definitions
  • topic overviews
  • step-by-step guides
  • in-depth information on a topic

...and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage. Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.


Learn how to search the Library Catalogue Using this interactive Tutorial


Part A - Definitions

Searching for books with known titles

The first part of your assignment requires you to find relevant definitions of your topics using Reference Texts.  Your lecturer has provided a list of suggested reference texts in the Assignment Outline. 

To find books in the Library when the title is known, you can search the title in the Library Catalogue



To access ebook click on the online link


Use the call number to find the book on the shelves and you can place a request if the book is out on loan or at another campus

You are required to include the call number for each book with its reference.  Please speak to your tutor if you are using an ebook.


Your Task
1. Search for the suggested reference books in the catalogue.
2. See Referencing Reminders sections to see how to format your references using the Harvard author-date style.


Part B - Finding Further Information

Searching for books on a specific subject 

This part of the Assignment requires you to find further information on your topic in order to construct a information sheet.

To find books in the Library on a specific topic, you can search the subject in the Library Catalogue


Use double quotes to keep to words together as a phrase.

Limit by books on the left hand side once you have done a search.

Your Task:
1. Find further information about your topic from at least 4 standard textbooks (different editions of a book do not count as separate books). Do not use the same sources as in Part A.
2. Use information in "Assignment 1: Evaluating and selecting resources" section below to pick our textbooks and reference books rather than 'popular works'.

Evaluate your References

Once you have identified potential books, you need to start evaluating them to identify which texts are the most relevant and appropriate.

Books can be scholarly (also called academic).  Scholarly books provide in-depth information on a topic or subject area and are written or edited by an expert in the relevant field.

Watch this video to learn how to identify scholarly or academic books.

Your Task:
Assess the references that you selected for Assignment 1 to ensure they are scholarly resources

Write your Assignment

This assignment does not need to be presented in formal essay style.  Your research should be presented in the style of a "You've got what" information sheet. See the link below for an example of an information sheet.

View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help writing your assignment, or to make an appointment with SEU staff.


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All books used in this assignment must be correctly referenced in the Harvard UniSA style, and put in a separate reference section.

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