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Assessment Help: Research Strategy

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Research Strategy Evaluate Resources Organise and Write Plagiarism Creative Commons APA Referencing

1. Where Do I Start?

Understand your assessment question.
• Read the instructions carefully.
• Identify the main keywords, search terms and / or phrases.
• Summarise the topic in your own words.

2. Course Resources

 Check to see if there is a Course Resource related to your topic on the library website.
• They list subject specific books, eBooks, websites, articles and more to get you started. 
• In each topic on Library Course Resources you can find links to many useful websites.

3. Research and Note-taking

• Develop your topic, analyse and take notes.
• Do a preliminary search for information.
• Locate your materials or resources.

4. Search the Library Catalogue

• Use the Library Catalogue to find background information.
• You can find books, eBooks, journals, articles, videos and electronic resources by using the Search the Library Catalogue box below or on Library Catalogue Advanced Search. Use the filters and limits in the Library Catalogue Advanced Search tool to optimise your searches.

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5. Library Databases / Online Resources

• If you need to use databases to look for journal articles for your assessment you have the option to select subject-specific databases.
• Use the dropdown in the All Subjects search box, to view a list of databases that focus on your discipline.
• Watch the video below on how to search for Journal Databases.

6. How to Search ProQuest

• ProQuest is one of our online databases.
• Watch the video below on how to find quality articles on a specific topic or subject in ProQuest

7. Why Can't I Just Google?

 Brainstorm alternative search words and enter your search words into the Google or Google Scholar. 
• If Google Scholar is not finding any articles or information on your topic. Start by finding your topic on databases, eBooks, video online from Online Resources page or on Course Resources Guides page. 
• Google can be used for a basic overview to find general information about a topic, but there are limitations. The information may be out of date or biased. Not all information is credible. Google only searches 10% of information.

8. Search other Websites

• Search other websites.
• You can broaden your search by searching other online resources for example from the State Library of Western Australia.

9. APA Referencing

• Make sure you have enough ideas and evidence from valid sources.
• Write your assessment and report.
• Make sure the sources you used are cited properly.
• Check your referencing styles is correct.
• Use the American Psychological Association (APA) style of referencing 7th edition.
• For information on referencing see the APA Referencing Guide

10. Proof-read and Review Your Assessment

• Read through your text and check for any spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
• Use a spellchecker to check grammar, spelling and punctuation. 
• Choose accurate and clear language. Be concise.

11. How to Submit an Assessment in Blackboard

• Finally, submit your assessment before or by the due date in Blackboard.
• Watch the video below on how to submit your assessment in Blackboard.

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