This assignment is an essay and you can choose from three choices of topic. You only need to answer one of the questions using current literature and your textbook. You are required to reference your program textbook(s) and a minimum of four (4) peer reviewed journal articles published from 2010. You may include articles before this date if they are significant and relevant to your discussion but you must have a minimum of 5 references (including text) dated after 2010.
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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.
Break down the question
Firstly, it is important to define any terms that you are not familiar with.
Next identify what the main concepts are and then think of synonyms or alternative terms for these concept words
|Main concepts||Alternative terms|
|ultrasound||sonogram, ultrasonography, scan|
|expectant mother||expectant mother, pregnancy, pregnancies, gestation|
|satisfaction||satisfaction, quality of life|
Now use AND and OR to combine your keywords
|obstetric OR prenatal OR antenatal|
|ultrasound OR sonogram OR scan|
|expectant mother OR pregnancy OR pregnancies OR gestation|
|satisfaction OR quality of life|
Finally, add truncation, wildcards and phrase symbols This will help you save time and get relevant results.
|obstetric* OR prenatal OR antenatal|
|ultrasound* OR sonogram* OR scan*|
|"expectant mother" OR pregnan* OR gestation|
|satisfaction OR "quality of life"|
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.
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 need to use credible references for this Assessment.
Credible references are articles from peer reviewed journals that are of high quality and can be used to support arguments 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.
The terms scholarly and academic are also sometimes used to indicate quality journals.
Remember the assignment instructions:
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