It is important to break down the requirements of your assessment task before you start searching for information so that you can plan your approach.
Let's take a look at the subject outline:
Assessment item 3 - Annotated Bibliography
Annotate 5 peer reviewed journal articles on a contemporary indigenous health topic that has impact on the social and emotional wellbeing of family and lifestyles.
At first you may feel a little overwhelmed by all of these requirements. However, with some thought and planning, you can come up with a research plan that will suit this assessment task.
Let's start thinking about what terms you will use when searching for information. To do this:
This is a useful exercise because the language used to describe your topic may vary from source to source, and you don't want to miss out on a good source because it uses a different term to the one you are searching on.
Let's use Assessment 3 as an example:
|Keyword||Synonym/Similar term or phrase||Search tips|
|mental health, mental illness, mental disorder, psychiatric disorder||"mental health", "mental illness", "mental disorder", "psychiatric disorder"|
|Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, First Nations||Aborigin*, “Torres Strait Islander”, "First Nations"|
|Social and emotional wellbeing||Family, Lifestyle, wellbeing, social aspects||Famil*, “social aspects”|
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Tip: Online dictionaries and thesauri can help you identify synonyms.