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Nursing: UniSA Online - Living Skills and Life Routines in Aged Care (NURS 1066)

Finding scholarly sources for your assignment

What you need to do

This guide will help you find scholarly literature for your assignment. 

Before you start, make sure you clarify the assessment requirements by reading the assignment instructions and marking criteria supplied on your course website. 

Plan your search

Before you start looking for information, use the following steps to plan your search:

  1. Define any words you are unsure of.
  2. Identify the main ideas (key concepts) in the statement. These will form the foundation of your search.
  3. Make a list of any synonyms or related keywords for each key concept.
Note: a table can be a useful strategy for organising key concepts and alternative concepts or synonyms.

Assignment topic:

The engagement and participation in supporting quality of life in older people within aged care homes and the community.

Example:

Key concepts
Synonyms / alternative concepts

Concept 1

Older people

Elderly
Older adults
Older person
Aged

concept 2

Quality of life

Life quality

Concept 3

Aged care

Nursing home
Residential care
Retirement home

Aged care facilities

Concept 4

Community

Community dwelling
Living at home

This table is not comprehensive, you may find more concepts as you begin to search.


Watch the video below to learn more about how to plan your search.

Searching the Library catalgue

The Library catalogue can be a good starting place to search for scholarly information.

Library catalogue search example
  1. You can start by introduce a couple of the main concepts into the search box.Tip: use double quotes to keep concepts together as a phrase.

     
  2. Add another concept and see if the result changes.

     
  3. Try to use different synonyms to see what other results will you get.

    Tip: if there are not enough relevant results, try adding more synonyms and search again.
     
  4. Use the 'Refine my results' menu (left side) to apply filters to your search.
Tip: you can also consider searching on Google Scholar via the Library catalogue

Learn more on how to use the Library catalogue by working through the interactive tutorial below.

Link to interactive tutorial: search on library catalogue

Searching Google Scholar

You can search Google Scholar in the same way as a Catalogue basic search.

  • Access Google Scholar through the Library website
  • Follow the instructions to link your session to UniSA
  • Use the basic search box like the Library Catalogue
  • Look for the PDF links or Fulltext at UniSA links to access the resource
Other useful databases

You may apply the same principle in the databases below:

Searching databases

Emcare

Library databases are search tools that help you find scholarly literature. A key one to become familiar with is Emcare.

  1. Type your first concept with alternative words into the search box, using OR to separate them.
  2. Untick the box labeled Map to Subject Heading.
  3. Select Search.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for your next concepts.undefined
  5. Tick the boxes next to each of your search line.
  6. Select Combine with AND.
  7. Scroll down to see your results.
Tip: you may the 'Remove' button to delete a search line and add a different concepts.

Learn more on how to use the database Ovid Emcare by working through the interactive tutorial below.

Link to Emcare interactive tutorial

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