Plan your assessment
Find scholarly resources
What is a scholarly journal?
Can I use Wikipedia?
Develop your search
Break your topic down into the following types of words:
- Task (or direction) words - words that tell you what to *do*
- Content (or subject/topic) words - the "meat" of the assignment (key concepts and words), particularly useful for finding secondary, scholarly sources
- Limiting words – words that help you work out where you need to focus (time and place)
- Context words - sentences or phrases that may help you frame your assignment
Identify relevant keywords and alternative keywords to start your search.
Think about the differences in spelling e.g. ageing or aging.
Consider variations in terminology e.g. aged or elderly or "older person".
Use OR between similar terms or synonyms to broaden your results
Use AND between different terms or concepts to narrow your results
Use * after a word to find different variations of a word ending - e.g. sport* to find sport, sports and sporting and Australi* to find Australia and Australian