Begin by clarifying the assessment requirements. Read the assignment instructions and marking criteria supplied on your course site. The video below explains more about writing assignments at uni.
If you need to develop a research topic/question, visit the Formulate a Question tab on this guide to learn how.
To search effectively, it is important to first prepare a search strategy.
Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic, then consider alternative words for these concepts. Together, these will become your searchable keywords.
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:
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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.