Note the due date Keep a copy of the assignment handy Read the question carefully Note the instruction eg explain, discuss, compare Define your topic If unsure of the meaning of a word, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopaedia Talk to your teacher if you are unsure
You may choose to underline, highlight or circle these Eg. Define innovation. Name and describe the 4 broad categories, known as the 4Ps
Think of other words that you can use for searching your topic Eg. Innovation = change, creativity, ideas, invention 4Ps = product innovation, process innovation, position innovation, paradigm innovation Keywords – Information Skills Tutorial on Library website.
Consider the type of information you will need. Try to think where you are likely to find this information, e.g. books, the internet, company reports, journal articles. You may need to start by doing some background reading from encyclopaedias or your textbook
No tool is a one stop shop. Library tools like catalogue and databases provide authoritative information. WSI Libraries website access to online resources
When searching the internet, library catalogues or databases you can combine keywords using the search operators to search more effectively AND narrows OR broadens NOT filters
Music AND Rock Music OR Rock Music NOT Rock Band AND Rock AND Concert Indie OR Rock OR Pop Rock NOT (Indie OR Alternative)
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase Quality control OR Quality assurance OR Total Quality Management or TQM (Quality control OR Quality assurance) NOT (Total Quality Management OR TQM)
Organised collections of information, usually related to a special subject Good for finding up to date information in journals, newspapers and conference proceedings Periodical indexes give you citations, abstracts and sometimes full-text
Francis, D., J. Bessant and M. Hobday (2003) Managing radical organisational transformation, Management Decision, 41 (1), 18-31
Title: David Williamson in the dock: paranoia, propaganda and 'the people'. Author(s): Musgrove, BrianMusgrove, Brian Source: Overland, no.182, Autumn 2006: 13-19 Journal Title: OverlandOverland Issue: 182 Pagination: 13-19 Date of Publication: Autumn 2006 Publication Year: 2006 Collation: bibl., port Name as Subject: Williamson, David Subject (Major): Playwrights; Australia: Culture; JournalismPlaywrightsAustralia: CultureJournalism Subject (Minor): CapitalismCapitalism Be sure to note the Source information as well as the Author and Title.
ANZRef Centre (Australia New Zealand Reference Centre) APAFT (Australian Public Affairs – Full Text) InfoTrac Business Source Complete Australian Standards Online MarketLine Proquest
Make sure the sources you use are factual and can be verified. Use the following criteria for evaluating your information Author Date Publisher Content
Currency Is there a date on the page? When was the page created or last updated? Reliability Who is the author or owner of the site? Is the site a.edu.org or.gov or.com.gov Government.edu Educational.com Company or commercial site.org Non-government organisation Is the information objective and unbiased? Accuracy Is the information accurate? Is the information referenced? Is the site edited? Purpose Is the site for commercial purposes only? (highly likely if it is a.com) Who is the intended audience for the site? Is the site appropriate for your needs
Acknowledge all sources you have used. This could include books, newspapers, journal articles, videos, web pages, interviews To use someone elses ideas and claim them as your own is plagiarising and in extreme cases can lead to heavy fines and withdrawal from a course
Write down the complete citation of every item you read, view etc When directly stating another persons words, use quotation marks and a short citation Always credit original authors for their information and ideas
Harvard APA (American Psychological Association) Chicago Style Check with your teacher which style you are expected to use. Check the Library website for examples.
Check: is it at this library? How do I find it on the shelf? TAFECAT Demonstration: managing finance > limit to HERE > find call number
1. Report Writing 2. Limit to Business 3. Report writing - 2112574 results (not limited) 4 Limiting by peer review and full results - 229011 results 5. Tips 6. Report writing - 2179 results 7. Report writing AND Australia - 374 results 8. Report* N/3 writing AND Australia - 1914 results 9. Cite (and change the citation) and email.