This guide has 10 mini-sections to get you started with your
Before you start, it is strongly recommended that you:
Before you start looking for information for your assignment, it is important to analyse your topic and questions. Think about:
Identifying key concepts or keywords in your assignment will help you to locate relevant information more effectively. Also think about similar concepts and alternative terms eg MPAs OR "Marine Protected Areas", aboriginal OR indigenous.
These key concepts and keywords will form the basis of your search strategy.
Watch the video below on topic analysis. What are your key concepts and keywords?
Once you have identified the keywords included in your assignment question, you can think about how to use these keywords to conduct your search.
Using appropriate search techniques such as Boolean, phrase searching, and truncation can make your search more effective.
Watch the video below and try the Library Search for books and articles
Government publications such as legal material, government policies, reports, and statistics may only be available on the internet. The simplest way to find such material is by Google advanced search.
Snowball search is using a key document on your topic as a starting point to find more other relevant publications by tracking down the citations.
Watch the video below and try a snowball search in Google Scholar using the following title: Sand dune mobility under climate change in the Kalahari and Australian deserts. How many articles have cited this article?
Your Teaching Liaison Librarian is providing Q & A sessions to respond to any questions via the Canvas Discussion Forum.
The below session times are scheduled to correspond with your assignments.
|Monday 29th August||12 PM - 1 PM|
|Thursday 1st September||3 PM - 4 PM|
|Monday 19th September||12 PM - 1 PM|
|Thursday 22nd September||3 PM - 4 PM|
Watch the following video on evaluating your sources with the TRAAP method.
This assignment requires you to use either the Harvard or the APA style.
See the following example of a bibliography in APA 7th style.
Ashkenazy, Y., Yizhaq, H., & Tsoar, H. (2012). Sand dune mobility under climate change in the Kalahari and Australian deserts. Climatic Change, 112(3-4), 901-923. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-011-0264-9
Caric, H., Cukrov, N., & Omanovic, D. (2021). Nautical tourism in marine protected areas (MPAs): Evaluating an impact of copper emission from antifouling coating. Sustainability, 13(21). https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111897
Davies, C. E. (2021). Invertebrate health in marine protected areas (MPAs). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 186. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2020.107524
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. (n.d.). Legislation, regulations, agreements and policies. https://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-us/legislation-regulations-and-policies
Pechenik, J. A. (2016). A short guide to writing about biology (9th ed.). Pearson.
Qu, Z., Thrush, S., & Lewis, N. (2021). Evaluating decision-support tools for monetary valuation of ecosystem services for marine protected areas. Ocean & Coastal Management, 215. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2021.105951
Smyth, T. A. G., Wilson, R., Rooney, P., & Yates, K. L. (2022). Extent, accuracy and repeatability of bare sand and vegetation cover in dunes mapped from aerial imagery is highly variable. Aeolian Research, 56, 100799. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aeolia.2022.100799
You won’t be able to read everything on your topic and you don’t need to read a source from cover to cover, you need to read effectively.
Watch the video below on reading and note making for your literature review
Writing your report is an ongoing process of writing and re-writing. See the UON Academic Support Team’s Guide to Report Writing for detailed instructions on report writing, and always follow your lecturer’s instructions for what elements you are required to include.
Watch the video below on Report Writing. Contact academic support for more help.
If you need an image for decorative purpose for your Poster assignment, you may find and use some of the images in the public domain or with Creative Commons license from the following Open Access media collections.
You need to provide attributions when using any CC resources. See How to give attribution here.