This page will help get you started on assignment 1.
You should use a range of quality sources to support the arguments in your debate. Please refer to the learnonline course site for assessment instructions.
You need to construct a statement for the debate from a clinical practice issue (an important topic or problem) discussed in class.
Mind maps are a useful tool to brainstorm the health topic that you chose to debate about and formulate a debate question.
Watch this video to see how to do this.
|Step 1: Identifing concepts and alternative words
Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your debate topic prior to searching. Then consider alternative words for these concepts which, together with the concept term, become your searchable keywords.
Watch this video here to learn more about addressing a topic.
Example search topic: Birthing on country should be practiced for indigenous Australian women.
Lets identify main concepts from this topic.
Concept 1: Indigenous Australian women
Since only women give birth, you do not need to search for the word women. Therefore, concept 1 can be refined to Indigenous Australians. You will be able to locate more relevant results by searching for Indigenous and Australians, as separate concepts.
Concept 2: Birthing on country
As well as searching for "Birthing on country" as a phrase, you can locate more relevant results by searching for birthing and country as separate concepts.
|indigenous||Aboriginal, Torres strait islander, Torres strait islanders, Oceanic ancestry group, oceanic ancestry groups, australian aborigine, australian aborigines, australian race, australoid race, australoid races
|Birthing||child birth, pregnancy, pregnancies, obstetrics, maternity care, antenatal care, prenatal care, labour|
|country||Traditional land, ancestors' land, ancestral land, remote community, remote communities, birth on country, remote dwelling, remote dwellings|
Step 2: Combined search string
Combine concepts of your assignments using AND
Australia OR Australian
Birthing OR pregnancy OR pregnancies OR obstetrics OR maternity care OR antenatal care OR prenatal care OR antenatal care OR prenatal care OR labour
Traditional land OR birth on country OR ancestors' land OR ancestral land OR remote community OR remote communities OR remote dwelling OR remote dwellings
Step 3: With truncation / phrasesAdd double quotes eg "registered nurse" for phrases using
Add truncation symbol * to search for different word endings
|indigenous OR aborigin* OR Torres strait islandar* OR Oceanic ancestry group*
Birth* OR pregnanc* OR obstetrics OR maternity care OR antenatal care OR prenatal care OR labour
Traditional land OR "birth on country" OR ancest* land OR remote communit* OR remote dwelling?
For your assignment you need to consult and reference peer reviewed journal articles. See learnonline course site for more information.
Useful databases to search for peer reviewed articles:
Watch the following video to help you plan your search strategy and search for information.
The internet can be a useful source of information for this assessment. Use the key concepts and synonyms that you identified in step 2 to search.
Useful internet sources include:
If you are looking for information on the internet, it's worth downloading LibKey Nomad. It's a browser extension for Chrome that will look for full text PDFs of journal articles from websites outside of the Library Catalogue. This is helpful when looking on pages such as Wikipedia, because you can easily access and read the articles from the reference list. Instructions to download LibKey Nomad are available here.
Use Google Scholar to find more scholarly material than is usually found in search engines — for example from educational and government web sites. An advantage of Google Scholar is that it provides access to the full text of many scholarly/academic articles if you connect to it via the link above (i.e. via the Library website).
You should critically evaluate all resources found to determine their appropriateness for your assignment. The video below explains more.
Use the resources below to learn how to formulate the debate.