For your assessments, in addition to the course content and sources, you may find it helpful to research industry relevant content which could include commercial sources as well as academic journals, books and conference papers.
This guide will help you do this.
Important: Before you begin, it is strongly recommended that you fully read the assessment instructions available on your course site.
To find information you will need to identify relevant keywords in your topic that you can use in your search.
Determine your keywords/search terms
Next think of synonyms or alternative words for these keywords
|Keywords/search terms||Alternative words|
"internet of things"
"extended reality", "virtual reality", "augmented reality"
|Tip: Your selected industry||
Include your industry name to narrow results to that industry.
Consider adding 'innovation' or 'transformation' to focus on emerging solutions.
Tip: Revisit the readings included in the applicable weekly topics for this assessment for key concepts and examples. Applications of technology in other industries could provide a starting point for keywords to help with your research.
Above are just a few examples. For more information and tips on planning your search visit the Plan your Search page and the following resources:
Management consultancies can be a source of technology information and application to business and in some cases specific industries.
Business magazines are a great way to get an insight into the latest business trends and challenges.
Using Harvard Business Review
It is recommended to access the Harvard Business Review journal through Business Source Ultimate database. To search for articles on specific topics within the journal, click the 'Search within this publication' link and on the search page, enter the title or keywords starting from the second row.
Note: leave the first row as it is.
Industry reports are a good place to start to get an overview of an industry. These reports often include sections on industry trends and an analysis of the industry including insights into potential technology applications and insights.
Tip: Both Australian and global perspectives are useful.
Further suggested databases can be found on the Library's Company and Industry Information guide. This guide will help you search the web and our databases to find company and industry information.
Top suggested databases include:
To browse all Industry Research reports
1. Select 'Industry Research' from the menu on the IBISWorld homepage.
2. Select the 'Country' you are interested in from the options on the left hand side
1. In the D&B Hoovers homepage, type your industry into the search box, e.g. motor vehicle manufacturing.
2. Open drop down menu, select Industries then click the search button.
3. Choose the appropriate link to the industry code from the search results.
MarketLine Industry Profiles give a clear picture of the key dynamics in each sector, including analysis of factors affecting the sector's performance, details of the leading companies operating within each country or region, new entrants, key supplies and levels of competitor rivalry. Industry Profiles include five year forecasts, practical application of Porter's Five Forces analysis, and company financial metrics.
To access MarketLine Industry Profile, go to the left hand side of the industry page. Click the Country/Region on top of the table to sort reports by country.
Databases are online collections of resources that include journal articles, conference papers, books, chapters and reports. They include advanced search options helping you to focus your search and find relevant, scholarly references quickly.
This is an example of an Advanced Search using Business Source Ultimate.
You can limit your search to Full-text, Peer Reviewed (scholarly journals), and by publication date on the left hand side of the results page.
Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than over the whole internet like a regular Google Search.
Make sure you access Google Scholar from the library website, you will be able link directly to articles that the Library has access to by clicking on the Full-text at UniSA link.
Watch the video: Why use Google Scholar? (2 min 13 sec) to find out more.
Technology is constantly evolving. Searching the latest news and developments can provide insights into the current and potential opportunities within an industry.
See the News Media guide for a full list of relevant databases that provide access to Australian and international news media.
You can also browse news media articles by by using the 'Suggested Topics' on the homepage of NewsBank. To do this:
Once you have all your information it is time to put everything together.
These resources from Study Help will assist you:
Visit the UniSA's Referencing website to find in text-citations and reference examples, from different sources such as articles, books & chapters, websites, and more.
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