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MIS782 Value of Information

This guide is designed to help you find resources for the MIS782 assignment. Use Library databases and open access resources to locate relevant information. To 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.

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On the left hand side:

1. Limit your search by date, and resource type e.g. academic journals, industry profiles, magazines etc.

2. Limit your search by Subject: Thesaurus Term and Subject for more keywords and concepts to use in your research


Search for news and media information about LinkedIn from our newspaper databases. 

Planning your search

Before you begin looking for resources for your research, invest some time planning your search strategy. Spending a small amount of time now will save you time and frustration later. This sounds obvious, but to begin searching you should be clear about the topic of your research or assignment. Ensure you review your assessment instructions. You may already have received a topic, a statement or clues to guide your search. So write down your summary and check that it's clear and focused.

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Summarise your question or topic

This sounds obvious, but to begin searching you should be clear about the topic of your research or assignment.

If this is for an assessment, ensure you review your assessment instructions. You may already have received a topic, a statement or clues to guide your search.

So write down your summary and check that it's clear and focused.

Identify the keywords

Now highlight, underline or circle the keywords or main concepts in your summary. These words can help you build your search strategy and set parameters.

Think of similar search words for each concept

These can be synonyms, related words, abbreviations, acronyms and other words that are specific to your topic. For example,

  • competitive advantage can also mean business advantage
  • social media can also mean social networks

To discover synonyms, refer to a thesaurus (such as and see what other words could be used.

Be clever

Now you have a strong basis for your search, it doesn't stop there.

Use Advanced Search to improve your search strategy. Create clever search strings using symbols and special characters to get better search results! More details about these advanced search techniques are in the section below.

Document your search

This will help you plan your search properly and remember the techniques.

Download the planner below and follow the steps to create your own search strategy.

Search Planner (DOC, 1MB)

Library Advanced Search

To make the most of Library Advanced Search,  it is good to know a few tips and tricks! Using the Advanced Search in the library, you can search for more than one concept with its predictive text function that will bring up relevant keywords and concepts you  may  never have thought of. Use the tips below to target your searching to return more relevant results.

Phrase searching narrows a search to show results that contain an exact phrase e.g. "competitive advantage"

To conduct a phrase search, add double quote marks around two or more words you want to search for.

For example: searching for "social networks" will only return records that contain this exact term. The search will not return results where the word 'social' or 'networks' appear alone.

Truncation searching broadens a search to show results that include words with variation.

To conduct a truncation search, use an asterix character * to signify where the variation should exist.

Use this when you want to show results that include words with different endings. For example, searching for project* will return records that contain any of these words:  'project', 'projects', 'projection', 'projector', etc.

Truncation can also be useful when spelling variations exist. For example, searching for organi*ation will return records that contain either of these words:  'organisation', 'organization'.

Truncation searching is sometimes referred to as wildcard searching or stemming.

Boolean searching is a type of search that allows users to combine keywords with operators (such as AND, OR, NOT) to produce more relevant results

Using the word AND between two search terms narrows a search to show results containing both terms.
Example: "facebook" AND "competitive advantage"

Conversely, using the word OR between two terms broadens a search to show results containing either term.

Example: "social media" OR "social networks"

Using NOT will narrow your search by excluding certain results from your search, however as the video on the next tab shows it should be used with care as this technique can remove relevant results.

Example: "higher education" NOT "community college"


Suggested keywords and concepts

Use the predictive text function in Library Advanced Search to generate similar keywords and concepts. This can also help refine your research.

What resources to use?

Library Advanced Search will generate search results from a wide range of resources. So which one/s should you use? This will depend on your assignment. If you are required to use scholarly or peer reviewed articles, then you must use include them.

Books        Journal Articles      Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Not sure what academic or scholarly resources are or how to find them? See Access Resources


Filter your search results

Tick the respective boxes to select the appropriate resource type and limit your date range manually or dragging the date toolbar.

Tick the Scholarly/Peer Review box if you like to only see scholarly/peer reviewed articles. If not leave all boxes unchecked.


How can you tell the quality of your resources

There are many sources of information. How do you know if they are good quality? Some helpful hints and tips on evaluating and assessing information sources. Under Evaluating Resources, use the CRAAP Test.