Information Technology: INFS 1020 Read and Respond Assessments

Read and Respond

Before you begin:

Assessment 1 is a Read and Respond task.

Before getting started it is strongly recommended that you read both:

  • the assessment instructions in your course outline,
  • and your learnonline course site. 

Plan your search

Before you start searching it is important to plan your search.

While this assignment doesn't have a question to address, the assignment instructions outline a number of topics that need to be addressed. It may be helpful to plan a search for each of these topics to ensure you get relevant results.

To get started, follow the steps below

1. Define any terms you are unsure of. Use an introductory book, a dictionary such as the Macquarie or the Oxford English Dictionary, an encyclopedia, handbook or website.

2. Identify main concepts in your topics. These will help you form your searches. For example, for the topic "Explain how crowdfunding supports digital innovation":

  • Concept 1: crowdfunding
  • Concept 2: digital
  • Concept 3: innovation

3. Identify any synonyms or similar keywords for each main concept. You may find it helpful to put these in a table.

Concept 1 fund, investing, sponsorship
Concept 2 electronic, computer, online, cyber, technology
Concept 3 new, original, entrepreneurial

4. Add in any:

  • Word plurals: sponsors, technologies, electronics
  • Different word forms: innovation, innovate, innovator, innovative (use innovat* to capture all variations)
  • Different word spellings: crowdfund, crowd fund, digitise, digitize
  • Common acronyms: IT vs Information Technology

Once you have identified your key concepts, you need to combine them using AND & OR.

1. OR is used to connect synonyms or similar terms for the same concept.
For example:

Concept 1 (crowdfunding OR "crowd funding" OR invest* OR sponsor*)
Concept 2 (innovat* OR entrepreneur*)

2. AND is used to connect different concepts.
For example:

Concept 1  (crowdfunding OR "crowd funding" OR invest* OR sponsor*)
Concept 2 (innovat* OR entrepreneur*)

3. You can also use:

  • Quotation marks " " to keep words together to search as a phrase.
  • Asterisk * to search for word variations, e.g. manag* will find manage, management, managing, manager, etc.
  • Brackets ( ) to keep groups of synonyms together, e.g. (importance OR role OR purpose OR value).

More help:

Start your search

The Library catalogue is a good place to start your search. You can use it to find journal articles, papers, book chapters, and reports.


To search in the Library catalogue:

1. Type your main concepts into the search box.

  • Tip: use double quotes to keep concepts together as a phrase.

2. Broaden your search by adding synonyms using the connector OR.

3. Apply filters by using the 'Tweak my results' menu (left side).

  • Tip: You may want to limit your results by adding a date range filter.


More help:

Try using Google Scholar to find scholarly sources or material from education and government websites.


To use the Advanced Scholar Search:

  1. Access Google Scholar through the Library homepage.
  2. Click the Menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Select Advanced Search to access more searching options.
  4. Look for PDF links or 'Fulltext at UniSA' links to access the resource.


More help:

Writing your assignment

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