Project Management: Find Information

Where to search

Knowing where to search is just as important as knowing how to search.  The following video will help you to understand why and when to use different search tools.

 Video Length: 2:14

   Key points from the video
  • Searching for your whole assignment is not very effective
  • Identify the key concepts in your question or topic
  • Think about what other words (similar words or alternative terms) might be used to describe the key concepts
  • Connect your concepts using AND and OR
  • You can change your search as you find more information
  • Not all search tools will give you access to the same information.
  • Understanding why and when to use different search tools will save you time.
  • Some types of specific information are best found using a search engine or specific website.
  • All resources need to be evaluated before using them.
   Read: How to find scholarly sources
undefined   Watch: Scholarly sources explained (2.22)

Option: Library Catalogue

   Search the Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue is a good place to start your search for scholarly material. You can use it to find eBooks, journal articles, reports, videos and more.

Using "Refine my results" menu to refine your search to find exactly what you need.

Search the Library Catalogue

undefined   Watch: How to search the Library catalogue (1.47)
   Test your knowledge

Practice using the Library catalogue with our interactive tutorial (15.00)

Option: Databases

   Search databases

Databases are online collections of resources including articles, papers, book chapters and reports. Databases have advanced search options, helping to focus your search and find more relevant, scholarly references quickly.

   Read: How to save time searching databases

Option: Google Scholar

   Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than the whole internet. By accessing Google Scholar from within 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. Use the Google Scholar link from the Library website for best access to full-text references.

   Test your knowledge

Practice using Google Scholar with our interactive tutorial (10.00)

   More information

 Visit this Library online resource to teach you how to search Google Scholar, the Library catalogue and databases successfully.

Option: Journals

Check professional practice

   Working with Aboriginal communities

This resource has been prepared for students working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to assist with developing professional skills to work with purpose and sensitivity across cultures.  The principles involved in working with Aboriginal communities presented here, are fundamental to working effectively and respectfully across ALL cultures.

Navigate to Indigenous Content in Undergraduate Programs University webpage

Find resources designed to inform your professional practice when working with and for Aboriginal communities:

Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Construction, Information Technology and Aviation

Find more

image   Standards

Have a look at the Patents and Standards guide to find standards specific to your area of expertise.

Navigate to Patents and Standards guide

    Find Company and Industry information

Have a look at the Library's Company and Industry Information Guide.

Navigate to Company and Industry Information guide

   Find Case Studies

OR when searching databases or the catalogue for case studies, simply type 'case study' into the search bar.  

   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.

Navigate to News Media guide

Start your search with:

   Find Statistics

A huge range of statistical resources can be found on the Library's Company and Industry 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:

Final Step: Choose what to use

   Evaluate your resources

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 Catalogue or Databases.

 Video Length: 3:16

   Key points from the video
  • Searching for your whole assignment is not very effective
  • Identify the key concepts in your question or topic
  • Think about what other words (similar words or alternative terms) might be used to describe the key concepts
  • Connect your concepts using AND and OR
  • You can change your search as you find more information
Currency How current does the information need to be? Do you need to use information published in the last five years or are older, seminal works fine to use?
Relevance Does the information found answer your question? Do you understand the content and is it at the right level for your purpose?
Authority What are the author's qualifications? Are they linked to a particular organisation such as a university, research institute or government department
Accuracy Is evidence given for the research undertaken? Can you verify the information presented by using other sources? Is there a bibliography or references given?
Purpose Is it trying to communicate research, persuade you or sell you something? It is expressing an opinion, or is it balanced and objective?
   Read: Critically analysing a website

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