Anatomy and Physiology: UniSA Online - Foundations of Human Biology 1 - Assignment help

Finding peer reviewed articles for your eposter

What you need to do

For Assessment 1 you need to;

Create an eposter on a process based on a topic listed in your course website.

Respond to three questions reflecting on the process of creating the poster.


Remember to always read your course outline or website for more assessment details.

What is a peer reviewed article?

For your eposter, you need to find credible academic sources, such as peer reviewed journal articles. Sometimes peer reviewed articles may be called academic, scholarly or refereed articles.

Watch this short video on scholarly sources:

Alternatively, have a look at this short guide on how to find peer reviewed articles:

Plan before you search

Planning your search will give you the best chance of finding relevant results.

If you need help focusing your topic use Anatomy.TV to find overviews of human biology, anatomy and physiology.

Take some time to either brainstorm, map out (mindmap) or table possible search concepts.
 

Mind mapping
Mind maps can help you visualise information or ideas and build relationships between them. Use mind maps to brainstorm and organise your ideas.

Tick [Image source: Pixabay, https://pixabay.com/en/download-successful-tick-expert-1013981/, copied under CC0 1.0, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en]Use the resources below to learn how to use a mindmap to create a question and plan a search

 

Example search topic: Alveoli and gas exchange

Tick [Image source: Pixabay, https://pixabay.com/en/download-successful-tick-expert-1013981/, copied under CC0 1.0, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en]Focusing your topic is key, for example looking at only the respiratory system would be too broad.

 

You may find it easier to start a table for each concept and add other possible synonyms or alternative concepts as you discover them.

Example topic: alveoli and gas exchange

 

Key concept Synonyms and alternative concepts

Aveoli

Alveolus

Capillary, Capillaries

Lungs

TIP: You may have to search more broadly on the lungs to find information on the alveoli.

Gas exchange

Gaseous exchange

Exchange of gases

Alveolar air

Respiration

Example topic: aveoli and gas exchange

Use the following steps to plan your search:

  1. Define and terms you are unsure of. Use Anatomy TV to find overviews.
     
  2. Identify the main concepts you will search on. This will form the foundation of your search.
    • Concept 1: Alveoli
    • Concept 2: Gas exchange
       
  3. Identify any synonyms or related concepts keywords for each main concept.
    • Concept 1: Alveoli, alveolus, capillaries, lungs
    • Concept 2: Gas exchange, gaseous exchange, exchange of gases

Consider any:

  • word plurals - alveoli or alveolus
  • different word forms - (obese or obesity / diabetic or diabetes)
  • different word spellings - homeostasis or homoeostatis / celiac or coeliac),
  • common acronyms (BMI or Body Mass Index / CVA or cardiovascular disease)
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Where do I need to search

Journal articles can provide highly focused in-depth information on a topic.

Find peer reviewed articles by searching

Getting started Key Library databases
Google scholar

Scopus 

Library catalogue PubMed central

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How to search

Lets try a search on Alveoli and gas exchange.

Start by adding the first concept in the search box.

          

Click on symbol to add a new box. The search boxes are connected with AND.

          

Search for phrases using double quotes "..."

Then add any synonyms or alternative concepts using the connector OR. This will make your search more comprehensive.

Select Search.

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  • Use the left menu to refine results. For example by Publication Date.
  • Select Find It to locate full text

In PubMed we recommend you use the Advanced Search option (below the search box) so you can do a guided search.

Start  by putting each different concept on a new line. Notice your different concepts are connected with AND.


Search for phrases using double quotes "..."
 

Try broadening your search by adding some synonyms or alternative concepts to each line. Connect these with OR.

If you are looking for recent articles limit your search by publication date on the left hand menu.

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Use the Library Catalogue to find scholarly books, book chapters and peer reviewed articles.

Start with a basic keyword search.

          

You can add any synonyms to your search using the connector OR.

Use the Tweak my results option to further focus your search.

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  • Use the left menu to refine results. For example by Publication Date.
  • EBooks can be useful for providing overviews. To find ebooks refine your search by Books and Full text Online. 
  • You may find using Advanced Search helpful to easily combine different concepts.   

Google scholar can be a good starting point for finding peer reviewed articles.

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 Start by typing your key concepts into the search box:

           

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 You can use the connector OR to add any synonyms or alternative concepts:

           

 

 Changing your search will find different results. For example you could try:

          

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Top search tips
  • Change the search terms you use to find different results.
  • Use OR to combine synonyms or alternative concepts as not everyone refers to ideas in the same way within the literature.
  • Try a different search tool. Different ones will return different results.
  • If you find a relevant article read the abstract to see if there are other concepts or keywords you could use to broaden your search.
  • If you find a relevant article, look at the reference list to see whether there are useful resource listed.
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