When you are given a written assessment, read through it carefully.
Are you being asked to:
Circle the 'action' words so that they stand out. Note the number of words required, whether a certain number of references are expected, the format in which to submit it (emailed? handed in? upload to Blackboard?) and the date due.
What are the keywords or concepts in this assessment?
|What is the impact of fast food advertising on childhood obesity?|
Write a 500 word essay on the topic:
Think of synonyms for the main concepts:
impact > consequences, outcomes
fast food > junk food, snack food, convenience food
advertising > marketing, selling, sales pitch
childhood > kids, young children
obesity > overweight, weight gain
Searching the catalogue is easy!
SuperSearch lets you discover the majority of our books, journals, videos and electronic resources from a single search box!
You can even find articles within journals by using your search terms.
You can also refine the information you find to a specific date range.
Tips for searching databases:
|Use very specific keywords when searching for information|
|Select full-text when conducting your search|
|Include a date range to ensure up to date information, eg. 2014-2018|
|Read the abstract to see if the article is relevant|
|Take the time to watch the online tutorial for the database of your choice|
If you find a good, representative article, note the subject headings for that article. Use those headings when you search again.
No search engine covers the entire Web. They all have different ways of searching so use more than one search engine to ensure a thorough search.
There are many excellent websites that teach how to evaluate information.
One of the oldest, and one of the best, is Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to apply & questions to ask from UC Berkeley.
Subject based tutorials may be found at the Virtual Training Suite. Just scroll down to your choice.
Try YouTube's list of tutorials here.
Your work is not finished until you've correctly attributed (provided a reference for) every source you have used in your assignment. Remember that it's always better practice to keep a list of your references as you write the paper. For more information on referencing, see here for the APA Style.