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BUSS 2077: Finding resources for your assessments

1. Assessment

This assignment help page will help get you started finding resources for your assessments.

Note that your assessments are case studies which have specific requirements. Review your course assessment page for full details.  

2. What is a case study?

Please watch the video below (4 min 7 sec) and read this quick guide: Overview of a case study (PDF, 170 KB). Both resources will help you with understanding how to answer a case study.

Check the course outline for how you should layout your case study.

3. What is a refereed academic journal?

For your assessments you are required to find peer reviewed journal articles. The minimum number of peer reviewed (refereed) journal articles required are in your assessment details on your course site.

So what are they? And how do you find them?

Watch the video (2 min 22 sec) and read the how-to PDF to find out.

4. Plan your search

To find information you will need to think of 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
"inclusive leadership" "minority in leadership" OR "women in leadership"
"organisational culture" "company ethos" OR "organisational values"

Above are just a few examples. For more information and tips on planning your search visit the:

5. Where to search

The Library Collection can be a useful tool for locating academic references. It is like a search engine that searches across the Library’s collection of print and electronic books, audiovisual material, and theses, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous databases.

To do a more effective search, try including:

  • "double quotes" for phrases
  • truncation* to find the plural and other forms of a word
  • AND, OR and NOT to connect concepts

Sample Library search: "inclusive leadership" AND "organisational culture"

At the results list you can:

  • Limit to articles from Peer Reviewed publications 
  • Limit by Date, e.g. 2019 to 2024
  • See the full text for many items by selecting the title, then look for the Online link.
  • See Library Collection Help for additional searching tips.

Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than over the whole internet like a regular Google Search. 

Tip: Make sure you access Google Scholar from the Library website, so 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 below to find out more. 

Business Source Ultimate provides information covering all areas of business including accounting and finance; banking; finance and insurance; construction; computer science; economics and more. Includes country economic reports as well as detailed company profiles.

This is an example of an Advanced Search using Business Source Ultimate.

Sample search: "job characteristics" AND "employee satisfaction" OR "job satisfaction"

You can limit your search by publication date range and to peer reviewed journals from the filters on the left hand side of the results screen.

7. Evaluate references

For your case study you are required to find a minimum of six (6) unique credible references. A credible reference can also be known as a scholarly source or peer reviewed (refereed) article. 

Watch our video on Scholarly Sources Explained (2 min 22 sec) to learn how to verify information is academic, scholarly, or peer reviewed.

The following video (3 min 17 sec) will help you to evaluate the sources you have found.

8. Referencing Support

Managing your references

What do you do with all those references you have found? Use a bibliographic management software to store, organise and cite your references.

There are many free systems available. The Library supports the bibliographic management tool EndNote. For more information see the EndNote guide.

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