At university, you are expected to find and use scholarly information as part of your learning.
This page will show you how to plan your search so you retrieve the best results.
The main ideas (or key concepts) in your assignment question or research topic are your starting point for building a search.
The key concepts are:
|Cultural safety||Quality of Life||Palliative Care|
If you are working from a scenario, you can also use PICO to break down your question. Check the Evidence-Based Practice guide for more information.
Researchers will refer to the same concept using different terms. For example, when researchers are talking about labour, they could also say childbirth or contractions.
Track any terms you can think of in a table like this to include in your search.
|Cultural Safety||Quality of Life||Palliative Care|
Quality of life
End of life care
Use Boolean Operators to combine your search terms. You can build multiple searches using different combinations of synonyms & keywords.
Watch the video below to see how it works.
Depending on where you are searching, you can put together your search string in two ways:
e.g. Library catalogue, Google Scholar, ProQuest simple search
("cultural* safe*" OR "cultural* competen*" OR "cultural* sensitiv*") AND "quality of life" AND ("palliative care" OR "terminal care" OR "end of life care")
e.g. CINAHL, ProQuest advanced search
"cultural* safe*" OR "cultural* competen*" OR "cultural* sensitiv*"
"quality of life"
"palliative care" OR "terminal care" OR "end of life care"