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1. What you need to do

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.


2. How to write reflectively

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.

3. Plan your search

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 
  • indigenous
  • first nation people
  • traditional owners
  • tourists, visitors, travellers
  • sustainable
  • polluting, pollution
  • environment, environmental degradation
  • ethical behaviour
  • cultural sensitivity
  • cultural values
  • cultural engagement
  • cultural awareness
  • values, entitlement, respect, beliefs, attitudes
  • economic benefits
  • economic opportunities

This table is not comprehensive. Once you start searching you may come across more keywords.

For more help creating a search plan see:

4. Where to search

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:

5. Case study analysis

Watch the video below for an overview of case studies (4 min):

The following resources may also be useful:

For more help on improving your academic skills, please visit the Study Help page. 

6. Building your search

Apply the keywords you brainstormed earlier to databases to find relevant references.

Business Source Ultimate

Business Source Ultimate is a key business database that you should become familiar with. It will be useful throughout your studies.

  1. Start by entering each of your different concepts into a new search box. Notice these are connected with AND.

  2. Incorporate any synonyms into your search. Connect these with OR.

  3. Apply limits if you want.









These can help to narrow your search.

Informit Indigenous Australia

Search this database the same way you search Business Source Ultimate. It is really useful for finding Australian content.

  • If you want you can use truncation, the star * symbol, to find word stems. For example ethic* will find ethics OR ethical.
  • Double quotes are used to keep phrases together, for example "first nations".

7. More help

For help writing your assignments or referencing see:

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