This guide has been developed to help you with your research for the unit MGMT1002 Communication, Culture and Indigenous Perspectives in Business. Use the menu above to access information that will help you with your assignments and read on for some helpful definitions and tips.

What you will learn

  • Tips to help you search effectively
  • Strategies to help you with finding references for your assessments
  • Information to help you improve your reading, writing and referencing
  • Where to get help

Common terms explained

Before you get started with your research, it is important that you understand the nature of the resources you will be using and the meaning of some of the academic terminology that you will encounter, especially if you are a new student. Below is a list of common terms to help you get started.

Journal articles report on specific research or studies, focusing on current developments in a particular field. More so than books, they are where to turn if you wish to discover the recent thinking for a specific discipline.

Journal articles are published in journals, essentially magazines, but for an academic audience. A journal will be published multiple times per year and is organised by volume (and sometimes issue).

Prior to being published, a peer-reviewed, academic or scholarly journal article must go through a quality control process. Assessed, either by a panel of experts or an editor who is considered an expert in the field, the article is reviewed and approved for publication. Peer reviewed or scholarly journals are considered highly credible sources because of this process.

Databases are online indexes which provide access to books and journal articles, as well as newspaper articles, theses and a lot more. Some of the largest databases, such as ProQuest and ScienceDirect are multidisciplinary, which means they cover a range of subject areas. Others, like Business Source Ultimate, are much more specific focusing on a particular discipline. You’ll find a full list on the Databases page.

The library catalogue is a search tool that contains the library’s physical collection (all the physical books, videos and other items that you can find in the library), as well as links through to the online resources (journal articles, eBooks and more) which are held in the databases.