Most people ignore planning and jump straight into searching, yet planning is essential for effective searching. As part of the planning process consider:
Watch - Think. Plan. Discover. Why Keywords Matter for tips about choosing keywords and searching for information (1 min 30 sec).
Follow-up on the recommended resources
Go beyond your set readings
Use the most appropriate search tool for what you need to find
Use the terms of others in your searches - what subject terms appear in Catalogue/database record?
Try different combinations of search terms
Searching takes time!
Always evaluate what you find
Books can provide:
...and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage targeted at the lay person.
Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.
The Library continually purchases books to support all disciplines and research areas. Many of these are available online.
Catalogue search tips:
You can either view ebooks online, or download them to read them later. To find ebooks in the Library Catalogue conduct your search, then select the Refine Search to Show Only: Full Text Online option and limit to Format Books.
If you would like to download ebooks you'll need to install either an app or ereader, depending of what type of device you're using. Don't worry - they're free and it's easy to do!
You can find information on the software you need and links to the download sites in the Library's ebook guide.
Other sources for books:
To determine if a book is scholarly, look:
Journals enable you to keep up to date with the latest - research, trends, events, conferences, projects, theories...and to gain an historical perspective by accessing material published in previous decades.
Journal articles usually focus on a very specific aspect of a topic, and may be the only source of information on that aspect.
UniSA Library subscribes to thousands of journals on behalf of UniSA students and researchers. Most are available as fulltext online from your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
The Library Catalogue lets you search inside many journals, but does not cover all relevant publications. It also covers every discipline. If you're looking for something specific to a discipline, it can be faster to go straight to an appropriate database.
Catalogue search tips:
Databases help you to find publications (e.g. journal and newspaper articles, conference papers, book chapters) by a particular author, from a specific publication or on a topic.
They can provide either the full text to a publication or the reference and abstract only.
These databases will help you locate material relevant to Sport and Recreation Management:
These are a few journals with articles relevant to study and research in sport and recreation management. There are many more!
Access full text online by selecting these links.
It is important to evaluate the articles that you find.
At University there is the expectation that you will use scholarly material to support your arguments. You may be asked to use peer reviewed journal articles.
To find out more about scholarly or peer-reviewed journals try our
Case studies are written accounts that give detailed information about a person, group, or organisation and their development over a period of time, with a view to making generalizations.
Many textbooks and recommended readings contain case studies, and you can also find them in the Library's databases.
How to find case studies in books
You can search for case studies using the Library catalogue:
Try these Library catalogue searches below to find case studies within books and eBooks.
Finding case studies in databases
You can search for case studies in the following databases:
You can also add the phrase "case studies" to your database search in other databases to find case study articles.
Try the following searches in the Business Source Complete database to find case study articles or chapters: