This 2500 word discussion paper should be written in the format of an academic paper, supported by scholarly references.
Please refer to the course outline for areas to address in your discussion paper and the learnonline course site for assessment instructions.
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.
Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic prior to searching.
Then consider alternative words for these concepts which, together with the concept term, become your searchable keywords.
You may be able to simplify your search by using Truncation, Wildcards and Phrases.
Example assignment topic: Is it ethical for a doctor to refuse to treat a patient?
For this assignment you need to demonstrate "“Extensive use of scholarly literature to support discussion" (Marking Rubric.)
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication and account for a large percentage of university research output.
Use these databases to search for locate relevant, credible journal articles to support your arguments within your assignment:
Journal articles are often found in databases.
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.