Before you start looking for information, use the following steps to plan your search:
|Note: a table can be a useful strategy for organising key concepts and alternative concepts or synonyms.|
Example Question: What is the evidence that university education informs patient-centred care in nursing?
tertiary education OR higher education OR graduate school
patient-centered OR patient-centric OR patient-focused OR patient-oriented
This table is not comprehensive, you will find more concepts as you begin to search.
Next combine your terms:
|‘University education’ AND ‘patient-oriented’ AND ‘nurse’|
|(university education OR tertiary education OR higher education OR graduate school) AND nurse|
Watch the video below to learn more about how to plan your search:
You can search for information using a range of tools, including the Library Catalogue and databases, Google Scholar, and internet search engines. Choose the sources that are best suited to your need.
Select the plus symbols below to learn more about different search options.
This is the default option when searching in the Library Catalogue.
1. Add in one keyword for each concept, combining them with AND.
Note: Searching for more general terms will find more results.
2. Select Search.
3. Swap your keywords with your alterative terms to see different results.
If you would like to do a more comprehensive search, use the Advanced search.
1. Put each concept on a new line
2. Add your alternative words, combining them with OR.
3. Select Search.
Use the filters on the left to limit and refine your results.
You could try limiting to:
Full text online
Publication date range
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.
Learn more about searching in Emcare by working through the interactive Emcare tutorial.
You can do a basic or advanced search, just like in the Library Catalogue.
1. Type all your keywords for your first concept into the search box.
2. Select the plus symbol to the right to add a line for your next concept.
3. Add all your keywords for your second concept into the search bar.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you have used all your concepts.
5. Select Search.
More useful databases:
You can search Google Scholar in the same way as a Catalogue basic search.
For your assessment you will need to use peer reviewed journal articles. 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.