SHE3001 Social Bases of Health: Getting started

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This page provides information on getting started on your assignment and keyword searching strategies.

Annotated Bibliography

Here are a list of some resources explaining what an Annotated bibliography is, the purpose and how to write it.

APA Referencing

Refer to the APA referencing guide to learn how to create a reference list and insert in-text references.

Steps to a successful assignment

  1. Collect all your information about the assignment.
  • the handout on the assignment
  • the type of resources required for your Reference List e.g. books, journal articles
  • notes from classes on how to do the assignment
  1. Analyse and prepare
  1. Read for Information
  • read Required Reading and make notes
  • read the additional articles etc for information not in the Required Reading
  • prepare each Reference as you read it, ensure it is written in the Harvard referencing style. See the Harvard referencing guide for further assistance
  1. Start writing
  • collect notes from your reading and start to build your assignment
  • write the correct References for each of your readings for your Reference List

Keyword searching strategies Video

Keyword search strategies

Once you have analysed your topic and done some preliminary reading you are ready to break down the topic into areas for research.The next step is to identify keywords that you can use to search for information on your topic. Use these words in Library Search to find relevant resources.

Select  keywords from both the topic and your readings. Keywords can be single words or phrases. You will need to use a variety of keywords to ensure you cover all aspects of the topic and apply the following strategies to combine them

  • using the Boolean logic (AND OR & NOT), for example, Obesity AND overweight
  • think of possible synonyms and related words or phrases, for example, physical activity OR exercise OR fitness OR sport
  • search exact phrases by enclosing the phrase in quotes, for example, "type 2 diabetes"
  • find a term with variant spelling  by using a hash (#), for example, entering  behavio#r will find both behavior and behaviour
  • find a term with various endings by using as a truncation symbol represented by an asterisk (*), for example, inactiv* will retrieve inactive, inactivity and inactivities
  • group terms together by placing them in parentheses, for example, (domestic violence)

View the videos in this guide to learn how to search for books, e-books and journal articles available  at  Victoria University Library.