Midwifery: NURS 1062: Contemporary Midwifery Practice


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Assessment 2: Essay - Contemporary Midwifery Practice

This page will get you started finding resources and writing Assignment 2.   You should use a range of quality sources to support the argument that you are presenting in your essay. 

This assignment is an essay and you can choose from three choices of topic.  You only need to answer one of the questions using current literature and your textbook. You are required to reference your program textbook(s) and a minimum of four (4) peer reviewed journal articles published from 2010. You may include articles before this date if they are significant and relevant to your discussion but you must have a minimum of 5 references (including text) dated after 2010.

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1. Understand the task

View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help planning your assignment and making sense of the assignment and instruction words. 

2. Plan your search

Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic prior to searching. Then consider alternative words for each.

Break down the question

Example Question:

  • What factors in the obstetric ultrasound contribute to the expectant mother’s satisfaction?

Firstly, it is important to define any terms that you are not familiar with.

Next identify what the main concepts are and then think of synonyms or alternative terms for these concept words

Main concepts Alternative terms
obstetric prenatal, antenatal
ultrasound sonogram, ultrasonography, scan
expectant mother expectant mother, pregnancy, pregnancies, gestation
satisfaction satisfaction, quality of life

Now use AND and OR to combine your keywords

obstetric OR prenatal OR antenatal
ultrasound OR sonogram OR scan
expectant mother OR pregnancy OR pregnancies OR gestation
satisfaction OR quality of life

Finally, add truncation, wildcards and phrase symbols This will help you save time and get relevant results.

For example

  • truncation can help find plural word forms, pregan* will find pregnant and pregnancy and pregnancies 
  • use quotation marks to keep phrases together, for example "patient satisfaction" OR "consumer satisfaction"

With truncation/phrases 

obstetric* OR prenatal OR antenatal
ultrasound* OR sonogram* OR scan*
"expectant mother" OR pregnan* OR gestation
satisfaction OR "quality of life"

3. Find Full Text of your Articles

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.                             Simply click on the image below to start. 

4. Databases

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. 

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

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

5. Evaluate your References

You need to use credible references for this Assessment.

Credible references are articles from peer reviewed journals that are of high quality and can be used to support arguments that you are presenting. Articles in peer reviewed journals must go through an evaluation process with experts in the field before being published. The term refereed is also used.

The terms scholarly and academic are also sometimes used to indicate quality journals.

Remember the assignment instructions:

  • Peer Reviewed Journals
  • Minimum of 5 published from 2010 onwards
  • Review the assignment rubic to see what is required.

6. 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.

7. Referencing

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