This assignment has 2 separate components:
The topics for this assignment are provided by your lecturer in the course outline.
Please refer the learnonline course site for assessment instructions.
Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic prior to searching.
Then consider alternative words for these concepts which, together with the concept term, become your searchable keywords.
Break down the question
Example: What impact does gestational weight gain have on the future health of women?
Concepts: - gestational weight gain
Synonyms - gestational, weight gain
Now use AND and OR to combine your keywords
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication and account for a large percentage of university research output. Journals contain collections of articles and are generally published on a regular basis.
For further information about journal articles and a list of key databases to help with your research:
Journal articles are often found in databases.
Useful databases to search:
Search Emcare Tutorial
Database limits and filters
Database limits and filters may be applied to reduce your search results if you have too many. Some useful limits include 'English Language' or date. Note the following about using limits:
Using a limit only applies to the database you are currently searching. If you have selected more than one, only the results from the filtered database will display.
If the database is bibliographic (abstract) only – it won’t find any full-text. Using a full text limiter will therefore yield 0 results.
If you limit your results, there is always the potential that you could miss some important/useful research.
You should critically evaluate all resources found to determine their appropriateness for your assignment. The video below explains more.
View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help writing your assignment, or to make an appointment with SEU staff.
This assignment should be written in 2 parts:
Part 1 is a Literature Search Short Report
This is a short report based on your literature search which should include the following sections:
Your report will need to contain a justification for the keywords/search terms and databases used and the articles chosen for Part 2.
Part 2 is an Annotated Bibliography
Summarise 5 of the articles from your literature search. Articles chosen should represent a selection of different forms of evidence and consider varying perspectives.