Management: Find Resources

Where to Start?

You can find them online

via the Library Catalogue

Check out the video

Think.Plan.Discover.Why Keywords Matter

Scholarly Sources Explained video

Learn why to use scholarly sources and how to find them

Learn more watch

You be the judge: learn to evaluate video

Journals and journal articles


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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.


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How to find journal articles on a topic

  • Browse journal issues (can be interesting, but takes time, and you won't find everything written on the topic)
  • Search the Library Catalogue
  • Search a database

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:

  • To find articles on a subject, type in your keywords and then refine by Format > Articles e.g. "leadership styles" AND management
  • To search for articles from a specific journal, try Advanced Search
  • Use double quotes for phrases e.g. "south australia"
  • Use an asterisk * to find alternate word endings e.g. manag* finds manager, managers, management, managing, managerial, etc.


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 Management:

Database subject list via the A-Z Database page

Access many more databases via the subject listings, including:


What is a scholarly source?

A scholarly source, or academic source, is written by a qualified author who is an expert in their field. They are usually published in books or journals, rather than on websites. A scholarly source will likely have a reference list or bibliography at the end of it.Graduate Cap by Freepik. CC BY-3.0:,

How can you tell if a source is scholarly?

Books: A scholarly book or eBook might be from an academic publisher or a University press. You can also find out information about the author and look for their qualifications.

Journals: Many academic journals are peer reviewed. This means that the article has been evaluated by experts on the subject before it was approved for publication.

For more information, read the Finding peer reviewed journal articles guide.

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Finding newspaper articles

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To find newspaper articles on a particular topic look at the Library databases listed under the News subject heading on the A - Z database page. These databases contain both Australian and international content and include:

Library catalogue

Start your search in the Library Catalogue.

1. Make a list of keywords, search for phrases using "quotation marks"
2. Combine these keywords using OR, AND
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    AND: Combines different concepts



  • "supply chain management"
  • "competitive advantage" AND risk
  • "management styles" OR "leadership styles"

Then further refine your search by date and format. For more information, check out the "How to find..." section below, and the
How to connect and combine search terms guide.



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  • definitions
  • overviews
  • step-by-step guides
  • in-depth information on a topic

...and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage targeted at the layperson.

Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.

The Library Catalogue is the best place to search for books

eBooks in library catalogue, copyright UniSA library

Catalogue search tips:

  • If you know the exact title select Title from the drop-down list e.g.
     The essential manager (you don't need to type the full title in)
  • If you are searching for a title with a common name add the author's name to your search
  • Use double quotes for phrases e.g. "South Australia"
  • To narrow your results to eBooks refine your search
    • Format = Books
    • Show Only = Full Text Online

For more information about eBooks check out our guide

If you would like to browse the shelves for items you can search the collection using call numbers. Most Management related books are located at the City West Library under the following numbers:

Subject Heading Call Number
Management 658
Human resource management 658.3
Corporate governance 658.4
Management communication 658.45
Entrepreneurship 658.421 OR 338.04
Business logistics 658.7
Arts management 700.68
Sport administration 796.06

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Could not find the book you were looking for? Why don't you try one of these options:


Case studies

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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.


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How to find case studies in books

You can search for case studies using the Library catalogue:

  • add the phrase "case studies" to your search
  • limit by format/content type eg book or eBook 


Try these Library catalogue searches below to find case studies within books and eBooks.


Case study journals

The Journal of Business Case Studies is an open access journal which allows you to search for case studies across a range of topics, including management. All case studies are fully downloadable as pdfs.


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:

  • "strategic management" AND "case studies"
  • leadership AND "case studies"

Need to know how to respond to a case study? Consult the Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU) case studies online resource for more information.