Accounting: ACG38: Sustainability Accounting and Reporting - OUA SP4

Assignment Help

1. Major Research Project

The Major Research Project requires you to utilise the concepts learnt in your course by undertaking a research project on sustainability accounting and reporting. 

This assignment help is designed to help you find academic sources and assist you in research writing

 Please see your course outline and course site for full assessment details. 

2. Plan your search

Before you begin your research, you need to plan your search to get the best results. This video (2:26) and the following PDF will help you get started.

3. What's an academic source?

You have been asked to use academic reference sources to substantiate your key arguments. 

An academic source may also be known as a scholarly source or peer reviewed (refereed) article.

To find out if a source is academic, follow the guidelines in the video below (2:22) or view this document about finding scholarly sources

4. Finding academic sources

 The Library catalogue can be a useful starting point for academic sources. It will search across the library's collection of print and electronic resources, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous databases. 

To do a search, try using

  • double quotes for phrases
  • truncation* to find plural and other forms of a word

climate change catalogue eg

At the results list you can:

  • Limit to peer-reviewed journals
  • Limit by date (eg, 2013 to 2019)
  • Click Full text available to access online

 Google Scholar provides access to the full text of many UniSA academic articles.  Access by selecting the Google Scholar link from the library home page. 

The advanced search option gives you more flexibility when you search. This can be accessed from the hamburger menu in the top left of Google Scholar, under 'Advanced search.'

google scholar search

5. How to write a research project

Now that you have done your research, it's time to put your information together. You have been asked to follow standard academic conventions in relation to the write-up and referencing. 

 An example has been provided for you:

Lodhia, S 2012, Web based Social and Environmental Communication in the Australian Minerals Industry: An application of Media Richness Framework’, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 25, pp. 73-85.

The Student Engagement Unit has developed information on research projects

6. Referencing Support

Referencing Roadmap (Harvard)
Need help referencing? Follow the roadmap!

Referencing Roadmap (Harvard)
Help with the Harvard UniSA referencing style. Find in text-citations and reference examples, from different sources such as articles, books & chapters, websites, and more.

Other referencing support tools:

  • Referencing hub
    Information around what is referencing, paraphrasing, referencing rules, referencing styles and Academic Integrity. Also includes a link to the Harvard Referencing Guide UniSA (pdf).
  • Referencing forum
    Discuss referencing, exchange advice and post questions and answers about referencing (facilitated by Student Engagement Unit).

What do you do with all those references you have found?

Use a bibliographic management software to store, organise and cite your references. The Library supports the bibliographic management tool EndNote. There are also many free systems available.