Nursing: NURS 3044: Research methodologies

NURS 3044: Research methodologies

NURS 3044: Research Methodologies

This assignment help is designed to assist you with your  Assignment 2 Part 2:
Reflective piece and to find peer-reviewed and scholarly sources of literature.

image of information icon   For full assessment details, please see your 
           course outline

Understand the task

The Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website has a number of resources to help make sense of the assignment and instruction words.

Apply the PICO Framework

It is best practice to identify concepts and keywords from your assignment topic prior to searching.

Use the PICO or PIO framework to break down your concepts into more precise groups by identifying your Population of Interest; Intervention; Comparison; and Outcomes. If you have not specified a Comparison, just leave it out- this is a PIO framework.

Lets use the PICO or PIO framework to break down this example question:

Are there any evidence of adverse effects following the administration of the influenza vaccinations to healthcare workers?

P    (Population) Healthcare workers                              
I     (Intervention) Influenza vaccines
C    (Comparison) No comparator
O    (Outcomes) Adverse effects    

Concepts with Synonyms:

  • healthcare workers
  • healthcare professional
  • health personnel
  • Influenza vaccine
  • flu vaccine
  • influenza immunization
  • flu immunization
  • No comparator
  • Adverse effects
  • negative impact
  • side effects
  • negative outcome

Combined search string with:
AND / OR / truncation * / phrases ("word + word")

"healthcare worker*" OR "healthcare professional*" OR "health personnel"
"influenza vaccin*" OR  "flu vaccin*" (* also for vaccinations) OR immuni* OR "influenza immuni*"
"adverse effect*" OR "negative impact*" OR "side effect*" OR "negative outcome*"  


5. Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue can be a useful starting point in locating information. It is like a search engine which searches across the Library’s collection of print and electronic books, DVDs, journals and theses, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous databases.

Use the Library Catalogue:

  • to find a book or ebook by its title
  • to find a journal article by its title, or use a combination of article title and author
  • to find information in books, journals and other materials on a topic

Use the down arrow next to the search box to select All fields, Title, Author or Subject. All fields is similar to doing a keyword search, and is the default search option.

Learn to use the Library Catalogue by working through the interactive tutorial. Click on the image below to start:



Find Journal Articles for your Assessment

Journals articles are often found in databases.

Useful databases to search

  • Emcare (via Ovid)includes nearly 5 million records of the scholarly and peer-reviewed literature in nursing and allied health dating back to 1995. Subject coverage are Clinical Medicine, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacology and Public Health

Search Emcare Tutorial 

  • Medline:  The US National Library of Medicine database. Covers medicine, nursing, bio-medicine, pharmacy and allied Health. 

  • Scopus: One of the largest bibliographic, multidisciplinary databases. Covers chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences, psychology adn economics, as well as biological, agricultural, environmental and general sciences. 

  • Informit Health Collection for Australian information

  • Pubmed (discipline specific/all peer reviewed)

  • ScienceDirect for peer reviewed articles on a huge range of subjects (including health)

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. 

6. Study Help: Evaluating Information

7. Write your Assignment

You also need to understand the requirements of your assignment. The Student Engagement Unit has created a suite of resources called Study Help that can help you understand different assignment types. Have a look at:

8. Referencing

Harvard UniSA referencing resources and guides

Use the Harvard UniSA referencing system as explained in the UniSA resources.

Useful resources