View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help planning your assignment and making sense of the assignment and instruction words.
You may find it useful to make a mind map to organise your thoughts about the topic:
Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic prior to searching. Then consider alternative words for each.
As this assignment asks multiple questions, you should perform a search for each sub question. Use the common concepts plus one or more question-specific concept.
For example, for the common concept:
First, identify the concept common to each question in the assignment
|antenatal appointment||prenatal appointment|
education, discussion, inform, interact
Now do the same for the concepts unique to the sub-questions.
|health history||medical history|
|routine testing||non-invasive prenatal testing, NIPT|
chromosomal abnormality screening, Chorionic villus sampling, CVS, amniocentesis, routine screening, first trimester combined screening, FTCS
You can also add truncation, wildcards and phrase symbols
This will help you save time and get relevant results.
? finds any 1 or 0 letters any where in a word. E.g. p?ediatric finds paediatric and pediatric
* finds any number of letters at the end of a word. E.g. pregnan* finds pregnant, pregnancy, pregnancies etc
Use these symbols to simplify your search string, then you are ready to begin searching:
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication and account for a large percentage of university research output.
If searching a database on Ovid (Medline, Embase, Emcare etc) use the advanced search, and enter each line one at a time. You can then use the search history to combine your searches:
In the Library Catalogue:
For this assignment, you will need to refer to your textbook:
Articles from peer-reviewed journals are of high quality and can be used to support the argument that you are presenting. Articles in peer-reviewed journals must go through an evaluation process with experts in the field before being published. The term refereed is also used.
Watch the following video to learn more about scholarly sources.
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 Study Help website for help writing your assignment, or to make an appointment with SEU staff.