The skills and tools required for researching assignments become more demanding in your second year at university.
|1st Year Expectations||2nd Year Expectations|
|Introductory research skills||Advanced research skills|
|Locates assignment resources primarily using One Search||Locates assignment resources using One Search PLUS recommended discipline-specific databases, e.g. Scopus, ProQuest, Informit|
Before you can successfully search catalogues, databases and the Internet you will need to develop a good search strategy.
This involves the following steps:
Click across the tabs on this box to explore the basic building blocks of constructing a good search.
Before we begin searching, we need to make sure we have already come up with the appropriate keywords to use. Keywords are identified when we unpack the question which form the main ideas and concepts for our research.
Keywords will help us find the information we are looking for. If you still have to come up with your keywords, head to Defining Your Topic module, to help you get started.
TIP: Keep an eye out for new keywords once you begin searching.
Boolean Operators are the words AND, OR and NOT. When these words are used between keywords in a search string, results are more relevant to your topic which will save you time.
Trucation is a way to efficiently broaden your searches and saves you time.
To truncate a keyword is to remove the ending of the word and add an asterisk (*) in its place. Be sure to end the word at the most appropriate place so to retrieve relevant and useful results.
Tip: Be careful where you insert the asterisk (*)
Too soon in the word can retrieve irrelevant results
Too late in the word can miss useful results
Phrase searching is a powerful, easy to use tool that will save you time.
When keywords are a phrase (combination of two or more words), use "quotation" marks to lock them together. This will ensure that the search results will find information related to those words combined, in that same order and not search for each word individually.
Search strings are a combination of your keywords, truncation and boolean operators. An effective search string can save you time by returning accurate results faster.
Scopus is JCU Library’s largest multidisciplinary abstract and citation database. Special features include:
A library database is a collection of quality information that can be focused on a specific subject area or deal with general (multidisciplinary) sources. Databases hold articles that are accessible through a subscription purchased by the Library. This allows students to access reliable and relevant content at no charge.
You need to find information for an assignment. Your topic is:
Evaluate the pros and cons of essay assessment in higher education.
You have decided to try out advanced searching in Scopus database to find your information sources.
Watch this video if you need a searching Scopus database refresher.
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