This assignment help will assist you in finding information for your essays.
Planning your search helps you find information more efficiently.
A table or mindmap can be a useful strategy for doing this.
For example, if your topic is 'Analyse three examples of the lasting impact of Ancient Greek society and culture on the evolution of human civilisation', you could do:
This search can serve as a starting point in your research and help you find relevant resources. However, you may notice that you are finding a large volume of irrelevant results.
If this is the case, including a phrase such as ‘influence of Greek’ (which you may have come across in relevant results within your first search), will yield fewer results, but they will likely be more relevant. You can include the area of civilisation that has been influenced by Ancient Greek culture and society as your second concept, for example:
"influence of Greece"
"influence of Hellenic"
Tip: As you search, you may come across more concepts or synonyms you can incorporate. Don't be afraid to change or modify your search as you go.
Watch or read the below for more information on how to put together a search using operators:
|Watch Plan your search (2 min 26)|
|Read: How to plan your search (pdf)|
|View the Writing your assignment page for more info on interpreting your topic and planning your search|
Boolean operators (connectors) are what you use to connect your search concepts together to form different search strategies.
The below table summarises how they work:
|Boolean operator||What it does||Example|
||Impact AND Greek|
||Greek OR Greece OR Hellenic OR Hellenistic|
|Search strategy: (Historical OR History) AND (Cloth OR Jeans OR shoes) AND (race OR class)|
|Where should you search?|
Knowing where to search is just as important as knowing how to search. The following video will help you to understand why and when to use different search tools.
Video Length: 2 minutes 14 seconds
Once you've built a search strategy, you can apply it in search tools. Check out this video on Choosing where to search and the example searches below.
The Library catalogue can be a useful starting point in locating information.
Put your search in the basic search box, group your alternative keywords inside brackets
Alternatively, use the advanced search to split your concepts on to different rows
Use Refine my results on the left hand side to narrow your results. Here are some examples:
Databases are searching tools for finding articles, papers, reports and more. Some databases are subject-specific, whilst others may cover multiple subject areas. See the In Focus: History page for a summary of history databases and other relevant history resources.
Google Scholar searches within academic or scholarly sites, rather than the whole internet. Access via the Library for full text at UniSA links to resources held in the collection.
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|Practice using Google Scholar with our Interactive Tutorial (10 min.)|
When you've found a really useful article or book chapter, look at the reference list and who has cited (referenced) it to find further relevant literature.
Key databases and search tools which track citations include: Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar and the Library Collection.
In the Library Collection, look for or .
For more information, watch the video on Citation Tracking.
Peer reviewed (refereed) journals are of a high quality and must go through an evaluation process with experts in the field before being published. The terms scholarly and academic are sometimes used instead.
When searching the Library Collection, peer reviewed articles are indicated with a purple icon. You can also use the "Refine my Search" menu to show only Peer Reviewed articles in your search results.
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|View the 'How To' guide Find Scholarly Sources (PDF)|
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