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TOUR 1001: Understanding travel & tourism

1. TOUR 1001: Understanding travel & tourism

This guide was created to assist you with:

  • Assignment 1: Portfolio
  • Assignment  2: Analysis of a destination - United States

Refer to your course outline for a detailed description of the assignment. 

2. Plan your search

Typing your question into Google or the Library collection is not the best way to search.

Mapping out your search can be a good place to start:

  • Identify the key concepts in the assignment question - are there any synonyms you could use?
  • Remove task words from your assignment question
  • Use the course readings or reliable websites to understand your topic
  • Think about what types of information you need - which parts of your argument need references as supporting evidence?
  • Explore relevant theories that might apply to your topic
  • Check the assignment requirements - do you need to use recent information?

3. Finding information

The Library Collection can be a useful starting point in locating academic references. It is like a search engine which searches across the Library’s collection of print and electronic books, DVDs, journals and theses, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous databases.

To do a search, try using

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

Library Collection search example: "United States" AND tourism

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 Ask the Library for additional searching tips.

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.

Business Source Ultimate search example: "United States" AND tourism

You can limit your search by date range and to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals from the box on the left hand side of the results screen.

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 link directly to articles that the Library has access to by clicking on the Full-text at UniSA link.

Google Scholar via the Library Collection example search: "United States" AND tourism

Watch the video (2 min 13 sec): Why use Google Scholar? to find out more. 

4a. Assessment 1: Portfolio

Assessment 1 gives students an opportunity to develop a portfolio, with focus on learning reflection. Watch the video below (1 min 36 sec) for an overview of a learning portfolio:

The following resources may also be useful:

4b. Assessment 1: Reflective writing

If you are not familiar with reflective writing as an assignment task, this video (2 min 15 sec) and the resources below it may assist you in understanding what is required.

5. Assessment 2: Destination United States

Assess how the United States is promoted as a tourist destination while exploring resources:

Check the Company and Industry Information Library Guide for information on searching business databases for country information, as well as analysis of tourism industries. For example, you can search Library databases such as Statista and WARC, using keywords like United States and tourism.

  • WARC is useful to find articles, case studies, and research on industry and consumer trends.
  • Statista is the leading statistics portal for market data, market research, and market studies.

After you have logged into Statista, enter your search terms. For example: tourism United States.

From the right-hand side, you can Refine your search.

A screenshot of the Statista 'Refine your search' option

Select Location from the menu. Scroll down and select United States.

The filter will automatically apply once selected.

A screenshot of the Statista Location filter with the United States selected

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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.