This page will assist you to find scholarly information to support your reflective journal and case study.
There are limits to the number of external sources required for your assignments; most sources are supplied on the course site.
Remember to read all the information on your course website related to your assessments to understand exactly what you need to do.
First, you need to understand what reflective writing is. Check out these resources for help:
Tip: Even though these resources use examples from different contexts, use them to get a feel for the writing style and depth of reflection.
Once you have read the assignment, think about the key ideas and issues it raises.
Try mapping these out in a table or mind map. Think of alternative concepts or synonyms you can incorporate into different searches.
Here is an example table:
|Concept||Synonyms or alternative concepts|
This table is not comprehensive. Once you start searching you may come across more keywords.
For more help creating a search plan see:
For your previous assignment you may have used the Library Collection or Google Scholar to find relevant information. You can still use these to do some quick searches to help you understand your topic area.
Library collection search example:
Tip: Use the 'Tweak my results' menu to limit your search to books or articles.
However, we recommend you use these key business databases:
For more help watch:
Watch the video below for an overview of case studies (4 min):
The following resources may also be useful:
Developed by the Student Engagement Unit, these examples will help you understand case studies and how to prepare one.
Case Study Analysis: a guide for students - James Cook University
The JCU case study guide will walk you through how to analyze and structure a case study.
Writing a case study - Monash University
Monash University has created a guide on how to write a case study.
For more help on improving your academic skills, please visit the Study Help page.
Apply the keywords you brainstormed earlier to databases to find relevant references.
Business Source Ultimate is a key business database that you should become familiar with. It will be useful throughout your studies.
These can help to narrow your search.
Search this database the same way you search Business Source Ultimate. It is really useful for finding Australian content.
For help writing your assignments or referencing see: