HLT140 Think Health

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HLT140 Think Health :

HLT140 Think Health
HLT140 Think Health

This HLT140 Thinking Health Research Skills Worksheet has been designed to be used alongside the UniSC Library ‘Research Skills Tutorial’. You can use this worksheet to prompt, plan and record details of the key steps used to find and evaluate the credibility of resources to support responses in HLT140 Thinking Health assessment tasks and/or answer research questions. In addition, the information you record here will inform your writing of a ‘Search Methodology’ component in any literature reviews you are required to conduct in the future.

Table 1. Search Strategy for HLT140 Think Health

Record responses to the questions below based on your given HLT140 Thinking Health research topic or question. Your answers here form your ‘search strategy’. Use your answers to locate appropriate sources of information.

What key words will you use to search academic databases for information? Identify two (2) – three (3).
What time period will your search span?
What type of information is required? E.G. Statistical data, research paper, case study, literature review…
What quality/standard of information is required? E.G. Government report, website, peer-reviewed journal article… Tip: When using this is for an assessment task, go to your task instructions to answer this question.
What databases are most suited for this research question? Identify two (2).  Tip: Go to the UniSC Library website. Under ‘Getting Started’, navigate to “find sources for your discipline”, “health”, your discipline, then “journals and databases”. Read descriptions of the databases to inform your choices.
Why did you select these two databases for answering this question?
What synonyms or antonyms for your key words could you use to narrow or broaden your search if you don’t find the type of results you require?
What Boolean operators, truncations or wildcards could you use for each word to refine your search
HLT140 Thinking Health

Table 2. Record of Search Results for Think Health

Use this table to record the results of your database searches. Recording your search results assists you in identifying which databases and which combination of keywords and Boolean operators (also referred to as search strings) are most successful in finding articles relevant to answering your research question. In addition to helping track the progress and success of your database searches, the information recorded here also informs the ‘Search Methodology’ component you are asked to provide when writing literature HLT140 Thinking Health reports.

Database (Name of database)Key words & Boolean operators (Cut and paste evidence of search string used for each database)Number of ResultsRelevant Results (Number)Articles to read & review (Author, Year, Title)
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Table.3 Evaluation of selected information resources  

Use this table to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of each resource for providing evidence and credible information to respond to your HLT140 Thinking Health research question. The table considers 5 evaluation criteria that have been adapted from the UniSC Research Skills Library Guides Evaluation Criteria (available at to suit Think Health (HLT140) assessment tasks. Refer back to the Library Guide for additional prompts for other research questions and HLT140 Thinking Health assessment tasks. For the final criteria ‘limitations’ provide your own interpretation of anything that is not included in the document that would increase its suitability/appropriateness for answering your research question.

Publication Details Author name (s)YearDocument TitleAuthority Does the author’s knowledge/qualifications/ area of practice, qualify them to discuss the topic with authority?  Currency Was the document published within a timeframe that is appropriate for answering your research question?Content How is the information provided in the document relevant to your topic? Does the document cover some or all, of the required content areas?Bias Is the author affiliated with an organisation with a clear bias on the issue?Is the document sponsored/funded by an organisation that has a clear stake in the issue.Accuracy Has the document been peer-reviewed prior to publication?Limitations Is there anything missing from the content of the document that would reduce its relevance for answering the research question?
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