Having trouble finding relevant resources for your assessment tasks? This tool will help you generate a search, which you can copy and paste into MultiSearch or any of the library databases to retrieve better results.
Follow steps 1 to 5 below to create a search that contains: key terms and their synonyms; Boolean operators; and symbols to search with wildcards, truncation and phrases.
If this is your first time using the assistant, read through the following pages in the Information Skills guide to better understand the process:
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Before you can begin using MultiSearch or the Library’s databases, you need to know exactly what it is you are searching for. This process includes:
In this tutorial, you’ll take a look at an assessment question and discover strategies with which to create lists of synonyms for each of the topics or key concepts it is asking you to write about.
Identifying the main topic words or key concepts from assessment tasks is an essential first step in beginning the research process. Searching with these words and phrases will assist in the retrieval of relevant sources of information.
After identifying key concepts and topic words, make a list of synonyms or related concepts for each of them. In doing so, you are trying to list all the ways authors might write about that concept.
Use unit readings, articles you’ve already found, subject words from journal databases, and other tools such as thesauri to find synonyms and alternative phrases.
There are a few ways of collecting synonyms for the key themes in your assessment questions: