Midwifery: NURS 1059 Healthy Mothers and Babies

Assignment 1 - Annotated Bibliography

This assignment has 2 separate components: 

  • Literature Search Short Report and
  • An Annotated Bibliography.  

​The topics for this assignment are provided by your lecturer in the course outline.

Please refer the learnonline course site for assessment instructions.

Plan your search

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.

Break down the question

Example: What impact does gestational weight gain have on the future health of women?

Concepts: - gestational weight gain

  • health

Synonyms - gestational, weight gain

  • pregnancy
  • weight increase, BMI, Body mass index, 

Now use AND and OR to combine your keywords

gestational OR pregnancy 
weight gain OR weight increase OR BMI OR Body mass index

Find Journal Articles for your Assignment

Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication and account for a large percentage of university research output.

Journals contain collections of articles and are generally published on a regular basis.

Find Journal articles for your Assignment

Further information journal articles and a list of key databases to help with your research.

Database limits and filters

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. 

Evaluate your References

Once you have identified potential articles, you need to start evaluating them to identify which articles are the most relevant and appropriate.

The following video provides information on how to evaluate your resources.

Write your Assignment

View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help writing your assignment, or to make an appointment with SEU staff.

This assignment should be written in 2 parts:

Part 1 is a Literature Search Short Report
This is a short report based on your literature search which should include the following sections:

  • keywords and search terms used
  • databases used
  • screening process
  • inclusion and exclusion criteria

Your report will need to contain a justification for the keywords/search terms and databases used and the articles chosen for Part 2.

The Student Engagement Unit has a guide on How to Write a Report

Part 2 is an Annotated Bibliography

Summarise 5 of the articles from your literature search.  Articles chosen should represent a selection of different forms of evidence and consider varying perspectives. 

The Student Engagement Unit has a guide on How to Write an Annotated Bibliography


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