This guide is designed to help you find resources for the assignment. You would already be familiar with some databases from the Essential Digital Module (EDLM) such as Passport and IBISWorld. To further supplement and use quality resources to support your research, look at tips on using the Advanced Search to locate journal articles, newspaper/media articles and company information/data.
Before you begin looking for resources for your assignment or research, invest some time planning your search strategy. Spending a small amount of time now will save you time and frustration later. Your research will require you to use a range of resources to identify the market consumer segments, apply product differentiation and production positioning principles to build up a consumer profile.
What have you learnt in MMK101? Look at your textbook, study notes and assignment brief to find them. These marketing principles and theories are fundamental in MMK101. They form the keywords or main concepts in your research and can help you build your search strategy.
Now THINK! What is the company selling? What is the product or business? What are their values and philosophy? You can't formulate a marketing plan or consumer profile if you don’t know the product or company! Look at the assignment brief and company website. Product/company knowledge can help you build your search strategy and set parameters.
Use similar keywords. These can be synonyms, related words, abbreviations, acronyms and other words that are specific to your topic. For example,
To discover synonyms, refer to a thesaurus (such as https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus) and see what other words could be used.
Use AND to combine keywords with different meanings
"consumer behaviour" AND "wearable technology"
Use OR to combine keywords with the same meaning
"consumer attitudes" OR "consumer beliefs"
Combine AND, OR
"marketing strategy" AND (purchasing power OR purchasing ability
Use Advanced Search to combine marketing and product keywords and concepts. This search covers 80% of our databases. Use the predictive text function to see more potential keywords, themes and concepts you may not have thought about to assist you further! See Search Strategies and Tips
Suggests potential keywords, themes and concepts you may not have thought of
Enables you to use AND, OR
Limit your search results to peer review (academic) articles by ticking the Scholarly (Peer reviewed) journals, selecting a more current date.
If you want everything, leave the box All Results ticked.
This assignment requires the use of peer review academic articles. These articles are an excellent way to support your argument within an assignment. Work created by, and evaluated by, academics using a transparent method and accessible data set is often of a very high quality and is a powerful tool to use to support an opinion. Unless indicated, it is important that you use primarily academic sources for your university assignments.
They have been through a formal review process prior to publication to ensure they are academic in nature and meet specific criteria. Their aim is to inform or report research to a scholarly audience, and therefore tend to use technical language. They contain an abstract along with a list of references or other readings.
Here are some tips to help you identify a peer reviewed journal:
To give you an idea of what peer review articles are, here are a couple of examples:
Sparks, BA, Perkins, HE & Buckley, R 2013, 'Online travel reviews as persuasive communication: The effects of content type, source, and certification logos on consumer behavior', Tourism Management, vol. 39, pp. 1-9.
Ho, C-W 2017, 'Does practicing CSR makes consumers like your shop more? Consumer-Retailer love mediates CSR and behavioral intentions', International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, vol. 14, no. 12.
*Do not focus only on finding articles about the industry or product. Marketing principles are always applicable regardless of industry/product if you get your context right!
Tips on finding peer reviewed journal articles.
Use Library Advanced Search
Check the reference list of the peer reviewed article you have found.
Your textbook. At the end of every chapter is a reference list. There could be peer reviewed articles in there.
You may already be familiar with some databases from the Essential Digital Module (EDLM) But that's not the only ones you will use.
To show evidence of an analytical and critical approach to your assignment, you need to use a wide range of appropriate information sources.
You can use any type of information you want. What is important that you support your assignment with credible and high quality information. A newspaper article has more merit than Wikipedia. A marketing magazine article is more credible than an opinion piece from a personal blog. Peer reviewed journal articles would be more well regarded than newspaper or magazine articles. Most importantly, you must follow the assignment instructions.
Books Journal Articles Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Research Data & Statistics Movies/Videos Audio recording
It could be a peer reviewed (academic) article, newspaper article, or a magazine article. Ask yourself. Is it relevant? Is it reliable? Use the checklistfor evaluating information sources to decide whether or not it is worth including in your assignment or if it's really crap! Is the information you found of good quality?
Is the information you found of good quality? Watch the video Evaluating Information Sources (02:16)