Always read all the information related to your assessments to understand exactly what you need to do. Make sure you check your:
Find out more about the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and types of chronic diseases. Some authoritative website starters include:
Before you start searching it can be useful to brainstorm concepts to use in your searches. Try mapping out (mind mapping) or tabling possible concepts.
Below is an example table. For each concept try and think of other possible keywords (synonyms) you could use when searching.
chronic conditions, chronic illness
heart disease, cardiovascular disease, CVD
obese, obesity, BMI 30+, body mass index 30+
....[other chronic diseases]...
diet, diets, dietary, dietary guidelines
food, fruit, vegetables, junk food
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Before you search take a few minutes to read the report's aims and description and then start to map out, table or brainstorm possible keywords you could search with.
Tip - Think about how a particular concept may be expressed in the literature. This is important as sometimes not everyone refers to a particular concept in the same way.
Help with mind mapping:
Some mind mapping tools:
Read the report's aims and description and then follow these steps:
When searching for academic literature, such as journal articles, it is a good idea to search either:
Databases are search tools that help allow you find articles, papers, book chapters and report.
Key databases include:
Tip - More databases are available under Find evidence on this guide.
Remember searching the literature is an iterative (repetitive) process that takes time and effort.
Emcare search example
Select the Multi-Field Search option to search for a new concept on each line.
Start by putting each different concept on a new line. Notice your different concepts are connected with AND.
Try broadening your search by adding some synonyms or similar concepts to each line. Connect these with OR.
If you need to look for a particular age group, gender (male or men / female or women) or geographic location (Australia) consider adding this to your search.
Alternatively explore what limits are available to you to focus your search. Select Limits (under search box) to see some basic limits. Select Edit Limits to see even more limits!
Google scholar search example
Google scholar can be useful for finding scholarly information including articles. Access Google scholar from the Library's homepage to see full text content.
Start by putting a few different concepts into the search box:
You can add another concept if you need to:
If you are having trouble finding relevant articles try changing your terms:
If the database you are searching does not have the full text article available select the Find it icon if available. Find it is a software program which searches for the full text across the Library's collection.
Still haven't found the full text? Copy and paste the article title into the Library Catalogue or Google Scholar.
What is a credible academic source? An academic source is also sometimes referred to as an scholarly source or peer reviewed (refereed) article.
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