The Library Collection can be a good starting point for finding books, journal articles, videos and other material in the UniSA Library collection. Here are a few example searches:
Learn how to search the library collection with our Interactive Tutorial (15 min.)
Watch the following video on how to locate policy analysis resources by searching the Library Collection and the Australian Parliamentary Library Collection.
Watch the following video on how to locate policy analysis resources by searching various published literature.
"an institute, corporation, or group organized to study a particular subject (such as a policy issue or scientific problem) and provide information, ideas, and advice" Merriam-Webster dictionary
May be linked to a particular ideology, political party or funded by corporations or individuals.
You can find a list of Think Tanks and related organisations on the Directory of Think Tanks.
There are around 40 Australian Think Tanks, here are some examples:
Media Watch: Disclosing the funding on think tanks
Media Watch episode 17, aired 17 May 2013 on ABC
The think tanks shaping Australia
5 part series on Australia's most influential think tanks by Christiane Barro, The New Daily, June 2019
The IPA has captured the Liberal Party
by Mark Buckley, Independent Australia, 22 March 2020
What are think tanks good for?
by John de Boer, United Nations University, Centre for Policy Research, 17 March 2015
Conference papers can be a great way to find up to date information, research trends and innovations on a specific topic because researchers often present their findings first at conferences. See the Find Information page for more
Includes a list of member organisations
Research reporting defining peak organisations, their key roles and contributions, and how they operate in South Australia. The report includes recommendations for future operation and funding.
Feed: latest VCOSS documents
'Peak bodies' provide a leading role in advocating and influencing policy to achieve the shared aims of their member groups or associations.
Hint: look for a 'publications' tab or menu option to locate submissions and more
Find news reports, articles, television broadcasts and more
Visit the News Media guide, featuring news sources from Australia and around the world. Includes links to resources subscribed to by the Library as well as to freely available resources
TVNews: A chief source for Australian television news and current affairs
Updated daily includes content from the free-to-air networks programs include: Dateline, Four Corners, Insiders, Insight, Media Watch, and Q and A.
Watch the following video on how to locate policy analysis resources by searching various new media databases such as Newsbank.
'Grey literature' is information that has not been published commercially.Take a look at some examples of grey literature in the chart below.
|conference abstracts||conference papers||patents||statistics|
|blogs||emails||preprints||theses and dissertations|
|clinical trial register entires||informal communications||repository content||webpages|
|practice guidelines||archival material||standards||wiki articles|
For more information on Grey Literature, take a look at the Grey Literature & Other Sources Library Guide
Use Google to search across multiple Australian government website by including site:gov.au (or site:sa.gov.au to limit to South Australian bodies) in your search eg. site:sa.gov.au policy
Watch the following video on how to locate policy analysis resources by searching Government Websites.
Find material that is no longer available on current websites.
Below are a few examples of referencing in Harvard UniSA style.
|Type of reference||Reference list example|
|Media release||Ley, S (Minister for Health) 2015, Government continues Medicare consultation, media release, 3 March, Department of Health, Canberra, viewed 2 August 2016, <http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2015-ley013.htm>.|
|Submission to parliamentary inquiry||Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) 2015, Re: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015, Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee, AASW, Canberra, viewed 2 August 2016, <http://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=4f6bb5db-76f4-46bb-a25f-cde80bc3ea20&subId=405118>.|
|Policy paper||Maas, F & Hartley, R 1988, On the outside: the needs of unsupported, homeless youth, Policy Background Paper No. 7, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, viewed 2 August 2016, <https://aifs.gov.au/publications/outside-needs-unsupported-homeless-youth>.|
|Hansard||Australia, House of Representatives 2003, Debates, 5 June, pp. 16248-16252.|
|Bill||Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare and Private Health Insurance) Bill 2003 (Cwlth).|
|Act||Mental Health Act 2009 (SA).|
|Newspaper article||Cook, H 2014, ‘St Kilda housing at risk of sell-off in government review’, Age, 26 August, p. 12.|
|Television program||Nine Network 2015, A Current Affair, streaming video, Nine Network, 20 February, TVNews.|
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