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Finding and Evaluating Information: Tips and Resources

Understanding the question

The first thing you should do when you are given a new assignment is make sure you understand the question. Read the assignment brief carefully. Look for any describing words, key concepts and any qualifying pieces of information. Watch the video below for more details about understanding your question and identifying search terms.

Using Business Dictionaries

If you come across key terms or phrases you are unfamiliar with, look them up in a business dictionary. Business dictionaries contain authoritative and concise explanations of key business terms. Definitions are designed to be quick and easy to understand. Some good business dictionaries you can refer to are:

Need help understanding the question?

Contact your MMM132 Tutor, Unit Chair or the Language and Learning Advisors for help understanding the assessment task, and writing in an academic setting.

Searching by keyword

Use the Deakin Library website to retrieve academic and peer review articles. This search covers 80% of our subscription content. Need more help on finding information by keywords? This video can help!

What are academic journals?

Academic journals publish articles that have been rigorously researched and written by experts in the field. They are written for students, professors and researchers. They are usually focused on a specific topic, for example the Journal of Management focuses on management. Still not sure you understand what an academic journal is? Watch the video below for a detailed explanation.

Searching in Databases

You can also use subject specific databases to find articles for your assignment. A database is a collection of resources (journals, books, newspapers, etc) that are subject specific, up-to-date and easy to access. You can search for databases using A-Z databases. Some useful databases for locating management articles are:

What is a peer-reviewed article?

For your assignment, you are required to cite peer-reviewed (or scholarly) articles as well as non-academic sources. What are peer-reviewed or scholarly articles? How can you identify them? Watch the video below to help you answer some of these questions.

Evaluating sources

Once you have found some articles for your assignment, you need to evaluate them to check if they are a quality source of information and relevant to your question. A good method to help you determine whether a source is good is to use the CRAAP test.

Click on the infographic below to find out more.

News and Media (micro and macro environment)

Your assignment requires you to look at a specific organisation. The best source of information on companies and organisations is grey literature such as media and government reports. Grey literature is usually produced by organisations, governments and other institutions, and is not published in an academic journal. Looking at media on your company can provide insights into the general and specific environment of your chosen organisation. The library subscribes to some media databases you can use to search multiple newspapers at once:

The library also subscribes to some individual Australian media publications:

Government Reports

Governments, departments, organisations and your chosen company can be an additional source of information for your assignment. The easiest way to search these sources is either by going directly to their website, or by doing a Google Advanced Search.

The benefit of doing a Google advanced search is that you can search over a specific website by doing a site search, or over a number of websites by doing a domain search (searching websites ending with .org, .gov, etc).

Company profiles

Company profiles and information may include intelligence on industries, executive and corporate family structures, market share and size, industry outlook and analyst's reports. This information may be useful for your assignment as it will give you context to your chosen organisation in regards to the industry and market they are situated in. Some useful databases you could use for your assignment are:

For further information on finding company profiles and information, visit our Companies, Industries and Country Information Resource Guide.