Find academic sources for your reflective journal and report
This guide will assist you with finding relevant theories within academic sources for your reflective communication journal and report.
Tip: For full assessment details read the assessment details in your course website and course outline
Reflective writing is not just describing an experience, it is about exploring your reactions, thoughts and questions to the experience. The below resources will help you understand more about reflective writing:
Before you start searching for academic sources it is a good idea to plan your approach.
For example, if for your reflective journal you want to explore the causes of miscommunication within the workplace start by:
A mind map or table can be a good strategy for organising ideas:
As you start searching you can add to the table or mind map.
Do the same for your reflective report. Remember for this assessment you will need to choose:
|Work place||University group||Sporting Club|
|Social group||Volunteer group||Religious group|
|Social Media||YouTube video||Current affairs|
|TV show segment||Novel||Other creative work|
For more help read or watch:
As well as referring to your readings for topics for both assessments you will also need to find academic sources to support your analysis. Academic sources are sometimes referred to as scholarly or peer reviewed sources.
|Getting Started||Key databases|
|Library Collection Help||Business Source Ultimate|
The Library Collection can be a useful starting point in locating academic references. The library collection contains resources such as print and electronic books, DVDs, journals and theses, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous databases.
To do a search, try using
At the results list you can:
Business Source Ultimate provides information covering all areas of business including accounting and finance; banking; finance and insurance; construction; computer science; economics and more.
How to search Business Source Ultimate:
On the results page, you can limit your search by date range and to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals Using the menu on the left-hand side.
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 to 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? to find out more.
Once you have all your information it is time to put everything together, the below resources from Study Help will help you: