HUMS1004 Social Enquiry Methods
This page will help you find scholarly references for your research critique and research proposal. It will also help you find information about different research methodologies.
To critique an article and develop a research proposal, you will need to:
Remember to always check your course website and outline to know exactly what you need to do.
Planning your search will help you find information more efficiently. Start by:
A table or mindmap can be a useful strategy for doing this.
For example, if you are researching 'youth homelessness in Australia', you could do:
Tip: As you search, you may come across more concepts or synonyms you can incorporate. Don't be afraid to change or modify your search as you go.
Now you need to connect your search concepts together to form different search strategies.
The below table summarises how they work:
|Operator words||What it does||Example|
||homelessness AND Australia|
||youth OR teenager OR adolescent|
||youth NOT adult|
Watch or read the below to see how to put together a search using operators:
Test your knowledge of operator words with the activity below.
For the assessments you will need to use scholarly literature. Academic or scholarly is an umbrella term for several different kinds of authoritative and credible sources including peer reviewed articles, some books and resources known as ‘grey literature’.
Watch or read to learn more:
Your research critique requires you to identify the various research methods used in the article. In the research proposal, you will need to identify research methods and justify the choice of method. If you need help understanding different research methods, see the database:
Here is a search example using the keywords we brainstormed earlier:
Tip: You may find it easier to use the Advanced Search option. For help see:
Here is a example search in ProQuest Social Science Premium Collection.
Here is a example search in Scopus.
Tip: Use our How to save time searching databases cheat sheet for more help.
Now you've found the information you need, check out the following resources to help you put it all together!