Analysing your assignment topic will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
You will generally be given three key pieces of information:
Your BMS162 Assignment question is:
Your aim for this assignment is to write a report that demonstrates you understand the physiological mechanisms regulating a specific physiological factor ...
|Instruction words||Demonstrate [your understanding]; Include; Describe|
|Key concepts||Physiological mechanisms regulating a physiological factor|
There are a number of techniques you can use while searching to get better and more relevant results.
Basic and advanced search
Most databases will have a link to Advanced Search next to their Basic search option. (Primo Search has this too.)
Use these to combine your search terms to specify exactly what you want to find.
|Use AND to retrieve results that contain both of your search terms.||cortisol AND physiology|
|Use OR to retrieve results that contain any or all of your search terms.||pathophysiology OR physiopathology|
|Use round brackets to specify how operators will be used in a complex search||(adrenaline OR epinephrine) AND physiology|
|Use double quotation marks to search for a phrase||"blood pressure"|
|Search for words with different endings by using the asterisk (*)||physiolog* = physiology, physiological, physiologist, physiologically|
Most databases - and Primo Search Advanced Search - allow you to specify which field you want to search. The most useful fields for general searching are title and subject.
Once you've searched, you can usually refine (filter) your results. This is useful if you want results only from a certain date range, or all in full-text, or you want only peer-reviewed articles. The refiners usually appear to the left of the results list.
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