Hi. I'm June, your embedded librarian and this guide was created to help you with your research for IKC100. 

Each section introduces the steps you should take when researching for an assessment. You'll find links to videos and resources that will give you the tools to find great information. Use the activities on the test your knowledge tab to see what you need to revise.

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Getting started with your assessment

The first thing is to make sure you clearly understand the task and what topic you are seeking information for, this is called topic analysis. Check your assessment task details in your Subject Outline.

For Assessment 2, you are to develop a conference presentation in a format of your choice that demonstrates cultural competence and an examination of your own positioning, a critical examination of how 'racial science' influenced the institutions and systems (including health systems) which structure Australian Society. 

With an understanding of your task you then need to plan how you will search for information. This starts with identifying and brainstorming keywords.

From your assessment task the following keywords and synonyms can be pulled. 

Keywords Synonyms or related terms
Indigenous Aboriginal, Indigenous Australian, Torres Strait Islander, First Nations
social determinants economic status, risk factors, social status, education
cultural competence cultural safety, cultural awareness, multicultural literacy
health well-being, energy, fitness, strength

For guidance in topic analysis check out:

Create a search strategy

When you search using Primo Search or a library database use the keywords and limits you identified above to create your search. Combine the keywords with search operators, rather than searching with a whole sentence or question. Search operators tell Primo or the database how to search with your keywords.

For your assessment topic potential search strings could include:

  • "cultural competence" AND (Indigenous OR Aboriginal OR "Torres Strait Islander"
     OR "First Nation") AND health
  • "social determinants" AND (Indigenous OR Aboriginal OR "Torres Strait Islander"
     OR "First Nation") AND (health or well-being)
  • "racial science" AND (institution OR system) AND health AND (Indigenous OR Aboriginal OR "Torres Strait Islander"
     OR "First Nation")

Remember: you will need to try a range of searches. Don't stop after just one.

To understand how search operators work check out:

Choose the right place to search

Before you start searching, think about what types of information you need and where you can search to find those types of resources.

Primo Search

Primo Search is a good place to start as it allows you to use one search box to bring back results from most of our Library collection including books, eBooks, journal articles, newspaper articles and more. You may get a large number of results and some of these will be from outside your subject/discipline area. Check the content is relevant to your assessment task before you use it.

Library databases

Databases will help you find academic resources and are often subject specific. You will get fewer results than Primo, but they will be more relevant to your subject/discipline. 

I recommend trying the following databases:

The Indigenous Australian Studies list has more databases you can search.

Learn how to search efficiently in Primo and Library databases:

Writing and finding conferences

Attending and giving presentations at conferences can help you get to know the latest developments in your field. It can also help you put your work out there, make yourself known and connect with people who work in your field. 

There are a variety of different ways that people present at conferences. You can choose with this assessment one that works for your skills, technical capabilities, and time constraints. 

There are a number of resources available to assist in writing conferences and papers, and these can be discovered by searching in Primo Search:

  • writing AND health AND conference

Locating conference proceedings and papers can be difficult, as normally these are only available to the people who attend the conference. 

Conference proceedings can be found in our databases. Australia Indigenous HealthInfoNet is a good option to explore. As this is already a First Nations focused database, you can search for conference proceedings by searching:

  • conference AND health


Using credible information will improve the quality of your assessment and may result in better marks, but how can you tell whether the resources you've found are credible and suitable for your assessment? Have you been asked to use peer reviewed, academic or refereed articles? Are you using authoritative websites?

The information below will help you evaluate the information you find, in books, journal articles, or online to make sure it’s reliable.

Reading, writing and referencing

The Academic Skills team can help you to build your writing, referencing and reading skills to be successful at Charles Sturt.

Explore resources from the Academic Skills team in the Learning Skills section of the Student Portal.

Here are some pages to get you started:

Your textbook

Good news!

Your textbook is available online through the library!

However access to your textbook is limited. Follow the best practice in the video below to ensure you have access to what you need without disadvantaging other students in your subject.

Using AI

Have you been asked to use Generative AI Tools (GAITs) in your assessment? Or are you thinking of using GAITs for research and study? 

Make sure you are aware of the risks associated with using GAITs:

  • Academic integrity
  • Plagiarism
  • Inaccurate content
  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy concerns.

For more information see:

Microsoft Copilot

Microsoft Copilot is a chat interface that uses ChatGPT 4 to generate answers based on questions or prompts that you write.

Copilot is free, does not require a login and provides real-time information and citations. To learn more check out the Digital Skills modules.

Keen for more?

If you're interested in finding out more, check out the following: