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COMM 1081: Introduction to creative industries 


This Assignment Help will assist you in finding information for Assessment 2 & 3.

  • For Assessment 2 you will need to write an essay investigating and discussing a key issue facing an industry sector.
  • For Assessment 3 you will need to find a piece of South Australian arts policy and write a report on the document.

Please refer to your Course Outline and Course Learnonline Site for full assessment information.

Plan your search

Example question:

"Investigate and discuss the importance of diversity in the film industry."

1. Break your question down:

Identify the task word(s) in your question. "Investigate" and "discuss"
Next identify the content words in your question. You can find these by taking the task word and adding the question “What?”

Investigate or discuss what?

  • Diversity
  • Film Industry

2. Identify your key concepts 

Think of synonyms or similar concepts that can be used.  This is important as not everyone will use the same terminology.

Concept 1: Diversity Concept 2: Film Industry

Synonyms or similar concepts:

  • Multiculturalism
  • Equality

Synonyms or similar concepts:

  • Movie industry
  • Hollywood

3. Build your search strategy

Connect your concepts using AND or OR 

e.g. (diversity OR multiculturalism) AND "film industry" 

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Finding information

How to start your search (opens in a new tab)

The Library Collection is a great place to start finding information. 

Use your search strategy in the search bar:

(diversity OR multiculturalism) AND "film industry" 

Too many search results? Use the Refine my Results menu (on the left hand side) to refine your search.

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Try Google Scholar to find scholarly information. Access Google Scholar from the Library home page to get access to the full text of any resources that we have in the UniSA library collection.

The Advanced Scholar Search option gives more flexibility when you search. To access it select the menu (three lines) in the top left hand corner of Google Scholar. This menu will appear once you do an initial search in Google Scholar.

Here's how it looks with our example question:


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Databases are searching tools for finding articles, papers, reports and more.  Some databases are subject-specific, whilst others may cover multiple subject areas. You can find databases by browsing the database list by subject.

Finding policy documents with APO

Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO)

For this assignment, it has been recommended that you find your policy document using the Australian Analysis and Policy Observatory.

There are 3 key ways to search the APO website, all of which can be found in the menu bar at the top of the webpage:

  1. Select Browse to search by subject area.
  2. Select Collections to search the 'Cultural Policy & Creative Industries' Collection.
  3. If you know the name of a policy, you can type the name in to the Search Box.

Tip: Refine your search results to South Australian Documents using the Geographic Coverage option in the left hand menu.

A cultural policy is a plan or course of action that will influence and determine cultural decisions, actions and other cultural matters.

Note: A policy will sometimes be called by a different name.  Examples include strategy, plan or procedure.

Cultural policy documents can come from a wide range of groups and organisations.  

For the purposes of this assignment, you may select policy documents from:

  • National (sub-national or local) governments
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Transnational organisations
  • Private companies
  • Foundations

Writing your assignment

UniSA has an excellent tutorial called Writing Your Essay that walks you through every step of writing a successful essay.
For more tips on essay writing watch the below video (video length: 2 min 27 sec).

For more information on assignment writing, please visit Study Help for a range of resources to help with study and assignments.

For some tips on report writing watch the below video (Video length: 2 min 54 sec)

For more information on assignment writing, please visit Study Help for a range of resources to help with study and assignments.

Referencing support

Other referencing support tools:

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

Use 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.