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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:
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:
Look at online thesauri such as the Oxford English Thesaurus
Identify synonyms or related terms while you are reading. It is a good idea to jot down these terms as you read so that you can refine your search at a later time
Finally, take a look at the subject tags associated with resources you find. In MultiSearch, these are located in the details tab. Other sources, such as journal databases, will display subject terms in the detailed record of each article.