Nutrition and Food Science: UniSA Online - Foundations of Nutrition and Health (BIOL 1054) - Assessment 1

Unisa Online: Foundations of Nutrition and Health

This page will help you get started with finding information for your Assessment 1: Report

Always read all the information related to your assessments to understand exactly what you need to do. Make sure you check your:

  • Course website and outline
  • Assessment 1 Report Rubric

Getting started

Plate of Food [ Image source, adapted from:, copied under CC0 1.0,]Find out more about the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and types of chronic diseases. Some authoritative website starters include:

Plan before you search

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.


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Below is an example table. For each concept try and think of other possible keywords (synonyms) you could use when searching.


chronic disease dietary habits Australia

chronic conditions, chronic illness

diabetes, diabetic

heart disease, cardiovascular disease, CVD

obese, obesity, BMI 30+, body mass index 30+

....[other chronic diseases]...

diet, diets, dietary, dietary guidelines

nutrition, nutritional

eat, eating

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.


Mind map chronic disease [Created using word, UniSA]


Tick [Image source: Pixabay,, copied under CC0 1.0,]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:

  1. Define any terms you are unsure of. Use an introductory book, dictionary, encyclopedia, handbook or website.
  2. Identify main concepts in your question / assignment. These will form the foundation of your search.
    • Concept 1: chronic disease
    • Concept 2: healthy eating 
    • Concept 3: Australia
  3. Identify any synonyms or similar keywords for each main concept.
    • Concept 1: chronic illness, chronic conditions (or you may search for particular diseases such as diabetes)
    • Concept 2: eating, nutrition, diet, dietary, food, fruit, vegetables, junk food
    • Concept 3: Australian
  4. Consider any:
    • word plurals (diet or diets)
    • different word forms (obese or obesity / diabetic or diabetes),
    • different word spellings (colour or colour / celiac or coeliac),
    • common acronyms (BMI or Body Mass Index / CVA or cardiovascular diesease)
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Where to search

When searching for academic literature, such as journal articles, it is a good idea to search either:

  • Google Scholar
  • A library database

Databases are search tools that help allow you find articles, papers, book chapters and report.

Key databases include:

Tick [Image source: Pixabay,, copied under CC0 1.0,]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.

Putting your search together

Emcare search example

Kiwi Fruit [Image source: Pixabay,, copied under CC0 1.0,]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.


Kiwi Fruit [Image source: Pixabay,, copied under CC0 1.0,]Try broadening your search by adding some synonyms or similar concepts to each line. Connect these with OR.


Kiwi Fruit [Image source: Pixabay,, copied under CC0 1.0,]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.


Kiwi Fruit [Image source: Pixabay,, copied under CC0 1.0,]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:

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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.

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Is my information academic and credible?

Checklist [Image source: Pixabay,, copied under CC0 1.0 Public domain dedication,]What is a credible academic source? An academic source is also sometimes referred to as an scholarly source or peer reviewed (refereed) article.

For more information watch or look at:

More help

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For further help see: