Breaking down your assignment topic will help you with your research and keep you on target to answer the assignment question
Before you begin searching:
Combining words: most search tools (e.g. One Search, Google, many databases) assume AND between your keywords
Phrase searching: to force a phrase search put your phrase in "inverted commas"
Finding words with different spelling: Replace letters in word with a wildcard symbol - usually a ?
Finding words with multiple endings: Use an * at the end of the word stem
Task words are usually verbs and they tell you what to do to complete your assignment.
You need to identify these words, because you will need to follow these instructions to pass the assignment. As you research and write your assignment, check these words occasionally to make sure you are still doing what you have been asked to do.
Here are some definitions of different academic task words. Make sure you know exactly what you need to do for your assignment.
Don't try to use them in your research - they aren't things to find, only things to do.
The task words from our sample question are:
Handwashing has been shown to dramatically reduce the spread of viruses. Summarise the role handwashing plays in public health and discuss appropriate methods for implementing a handwashing regime in one of the following industries: hospitality, child care or patient care.
So, you would need to give a short description of what handwashing is all about, and then offer an evaluation of different handwashing regimes.
When you use more than one keyword or phrase the search engine needs to know how to combine them in sets. You can do this with Boolean Operators AND, OR, and NOT. When these operators connect your keywords they either broaden or narrow your search.
We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.