This guide will introduce you to physical and online resources. It will also help you to develop a search strategy to locate useful material to complete assessment tasks.
1. Collect all your information about the assignment
2. Analyse and prepare
3. Read for Information
4. Start writing
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Watch this video to learn how to identify keywords when searching for information on a topic
Successful keyword searching requires applying search techniques such as using operators to join search terms, specific phrases or relevant word variations. Use the tabs at the top of the panel to explore them.
The three most commonly used operators are AND, OR and NOT. They can broaden or narrow your set of results and exclude unwanted search terms and concepts.
children AND sugar
To search for two or more words in exact order, place double quotation marks " " around the words. The database will only return articles containing that specific phrase rather than articles containing each word found individually anywhere in the text.
The phrase "sugar consumption" will retrieve articles with all words as you type them in with no other words in between.
Truncation is also known as stemming, is a technique that broadens your search to include alternative word endings and spellings.
sugar** = sugar and sugars and sugary
It is important not to shorten the root too much as it may retrieve too many irrelevant results. For example, su* will bring up the surface, sum, and sushi.
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