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NURS 1074: Evidence Based Midwifery

Evidence Based Midwifery Essay

This page will get you started finding resources and writing your Essay.  

Please refer to your Course outline in the LearnOnline site for comprehensive assessment instructions.

There are six (6) parts to this assignment:

  1. Review the question
  2. Use ChatGPT to generate a response to the question
  3. Critique the ChatGPT response
  4. Original response
  5. Personal reflection
  6. Reference list

Parts 3 and 4 require you to:

  • Write in the third person using formal academic language
  • Support you writing with at least four (4) peer reviewed journal articles and your textbook
  • Use the APA 7 referencing style

Understand the task

The Student Engagement Unit's Study Help website can help with planning your assignment and making sense of the assignment and instruction words.

Using Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to machines or computer systems capable of performing tasks that require human intelligence. AI underpins many tools, with examples including web search engines, predictive text, recommendation systems such as those used by Netflix or Spotify, and navigation apps such as Google Maps.

AI tools are constantly evolving. The information presented here was produced in March 2024.

Please refer to the Course Outline for information about the use of AI in assessments and Academic Integrity.

Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) uses algorithms to generate content (e.g. text or images) in response to a prompt. GenAI tools and apps may help you brainstorm, understand key concepts, or help to improve the clarity of your writing but, before you use them, it is important to understand their risks and limitations. 

This short video by UniSA Online outlines what Generative AI is and considerations for using it in academic study.

Video length: 5 min 38 sec

Prompt engineering

Prompt engineering is the process of formulating what you enter into a GenAI tool and effects the response that you get from it. The UniSA Teaching Innovation Unit's guide to AI for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has some information on how to structure a prompt.

Other resources for using AI tools for study:

Referencing AI tools in your work:

Plan your search

Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic prior to searching. Then consider alternative words for each.

Break down the question

As your topic might have multiple questions, you should perform a search for each sub-question. Use the common concepts plus one or more question-specific concepts.

For the example of 'What are the Prenatal care models for women who live in a rural area?' identify the concepts common to the main question.

Key concepts
Alternative concepts

prenatal care

antenatal care, midwifery care 

care models

models of care

rural area

remote, outer regional

Now use AND and OR to combine your keywords

Line 1 prenatal care OR antenatal care OR midwifery care
Connector AND
Line 2

care models OR models of care

Connector AND
Line 3 rural area OR remote OR outer regional 

Finally, add truncation and phrase symbols This will help you save time and get relevant results.

For example

  • truncation can help find plural word forms, pregnan* will find pregnant and pregnancy and pregnancies 
  • use quotation marks to keep phrases together, for example "patient satisfaction" OR "consumer satisfaction"

With truncation/phrases 

Line 1 "prenatal care" OR "antenatal care" OR "midwi* care"
Connector AND
Line 2

"care model*" OR "model* of care"

Connector AND
Line 3 "rural area*OR remote* OR "outer regional*"

Find information

The Library Collection can be a useful starting point in locating quality information.

Use it to find:

  • books or ebooks
  • journals or journal articles
  • conference papers and newspaper articles


If you can't find what you are looking for in the Library Collection, you might try searching in a database. Databases are collections of key journals and other resources on a topic area that are managed by private companies, not the Library. They can cover research over time spans and countries.

Searching in Emcare is different to searching in the Library Catalogue.

1. Type your first concept and alternative words into the search box.
2. Untick the box labeled Map to Subject Heading.

3. Select Search.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for your next concepts.
5. Tick the boxes next to each of your concept lines.
6. Select Combine with AND.

7. Scroll down to see your results.


More useful databases:

Evaluate your References

It is important you evaluate all sources you want to use, regardless of where you found them. Consider:

  • Will this help me answer the assessment task?
  • Is it relevant?
  • Can I understand it?

This video covers some things to consider when evaluating sources.

Video length: 3 min 15 sec

You need to use credible references for this Assessment.

Remember the assignment instructions:

  • Reference your textbook
  • Minimum of 4 additional peer reviewed journal articles

Synthesize ideas

Review the above video Essays - Synthesizing ideas by EMTeaching Videos (CC - BY 4.0 licence). This video will give you some ideas on how to synthesize ideas in your essay.

Write your Assignment

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

Correctly reference your sources

You must appropriately cite (‘acknowledge’) all references used in your assignment to avoid plagiarism.