Use reference books to define terms, or find topic overviews, to become more familiar and locate better resources for your assessments.
See example reference works below:
You must have a broad understanding of your topic, before you can search for information or write your assignment. Consider:
What do you need to do?
What do you know? Or need to explore further?
Do you need to define any terms?
What types of evidence do you need?
Does information need to be current?
Do any theories apply to your topic?
Discuss the impact of Australian government policy on Australia’s carbon emissions and global warming?
The main concepts in your question form the foundation of your search:
To cover the range of terminology used in the literature, you must also identify any synonyms or similar keywords for each concept:
Once you have your list of terms for each concept, you can combine them to create a search strategy.
First simplify your search. Use truncation, wildcards and phrases to cover word variations:
finds unlimited characters after the symbol
must be used at the end of a word/word stem
finds Australia, Australian, etc....
finds zero or one character to replace the symbol
can be used anywhere in a word
finds carbonise, carbonize
keeps two or words together in the entered order
Now connect your remaining terms using AND, OR.
Use OR to connect different terms within the same concept
Use AND to connect each concept.
(Australia* OR Australian) AND carboni?e AND policies*