Entrepreneurship: Find information

Study help: Plan your search video

Planning your search is key to getting the most out of your search results. The following video will help you get started.

 Video Length: 2 minutes 26 seconds

Plan your search

   Identify keywords

Typing your question into Google or the Library Collection is not the best way to search.

Mapping out your search can be a good place to start:

  • Identify the keywords (also known as key concepts) in the assignment question - these are the words which give meaning to the question, the main ideas
  • Remove task words (also known as instruction words) from your assignment question - these are the words telling you what to do with the key concepts (e.g. analyse, compare, discuss)
   Consider alternative keywords

Now you've identified the keywords in your assignment question, try doing the following to help you understand your keywords and find similar or alternative keywords:

  • Use the course readings, an encyclopedia, dictionary or reliable websites to understand your topic
  • Use a thesaurus to help you find similar or alternative keywords
  • Do some basic initial searching using the keywords you've already identified to see what other words are used in the papers you find
  • Create a mindmap or table to help you brainstorm alternative keywords
   Connect your keywords

Once you have identified your keywords and found alternative keywords, you need to connect these to put your search together.

Use the following operator words, which most search tools will have, to indicate how you want the tool to search for your keywords:

  • OR: Combines similar keywords
  • AND: Combines different keywords
  • NOT: Excludes words from the search (use cautiously and only when necessary or you might exclude results you actually want)

Remember to use "quotation marks" to keep phrases together.

For example:

entrepreneurship AND ethics

entrepreneurship AND "venture capital"

entrepreneurship AND "risk management"

"social entrepreneurship" OR "social enterprise"

Further help with searching

Need more help?

Visit the Library research skills guide for an in-depth look at improving your searching skills. We guarantee you will use these techniques throughout your studies.


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Find more information

    Find Company and Industry information

Have a look at our online guide to finding Company and Industry Information.

This guide will help you search the web and our databases to find company and industry information, financial information, annual reports and country information.

   Find Case Studies

See Where to find Business Case Studies (PDF) for a list of recommended databases containing case studies.

   Find News Media

The Library's News Media Guide provides help searching and evaluating a wide range of Australian and International news media including newspapers, television, radio and media releases.  Start your search with:

   Find Statistics

A huge range of statistical resources can be found on the library's Company and Industry Information Guide, or try the following key databases:

 Find Videos

Access to a wide range of video content through a number of key video databases, including:

Select appropriate references

While you are finding references, you need to think about whether they are appropriate to use in your assignment.  You may be asked to use scholarly or peer-reviewed material to support your arguments. 

You should evaluate all resources  before including them in your assignment - even if you found them through the Library Collection or Databases.