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Research Skills

Selecting Your Resources

The ART of Selection

Accurate

Tick box icon Is information correct?

Tick box icon Is it from a credible author / source?

Relevant

Tick box icon Does it relate to your topic?

Tick box icon Does it meet your research goal/s?

Timely

Tick box icon Is information current / up-to date?

The Holmesglen healthy research diet: Websites are great sources of general background information. Stick to academically suitable options only and use in moderation where possible. Books, articles and reports are excellent academic sources. There is no limit to their usage and should make up the bulk of your research diet.

Evaluating Resources

Guide to Resource Types

Red book iconBooks / Ebooks

Cover broad topics and / or subjects. 

e.g. Leadership management 

Where to find

Library Search 

Ebook platforms:

How to search

Check index and / or contents for topic and related keywords.

Index is located at back with topics / terms listed alphabetically.

Contents is located at front listing chapter content.


Article icon Journal Articles

 Cover specific topics and subjects with narrow focus. 

e.g. effect of charismatic leadership on employee performance

Where to find

Library databases 
Browse by subject or A - Z listing

Google Scholar 
Use on campus

How to search

Check abstract and subject listing for keywords and related topics.

Abstract provides a summary and outlines main focus.

Subject listing lists related topics and wider focus.

Academic hat iconView example


Image icon Images

 Provide visual representation of events, concepts and / or data. 

e.g. image of human body's circulatory system

Where to find

Free / CC image sites:

How to search

Check for any terms of use, CC or copyright licenses before selecting an image.

Free images can be freely copied, re-used and adapted.

CC Creative Commons images can be copied or re-used according to the terms of the specific CC license.

© Copyright images cannot be copied or re-used without explicit permission from creator.


Report icon Reports

 Cover statistics, industry / annual reports and performance, research findings and recommendations. 

e.g. Dental services in Australia industry report 

Where to find

Library databases 
Browse by subject or A - Z listing

Google
Government, educational, business/company and NGO websites

How to search

Check contents and / or executive summary (where available) for topic and related keywords.

Contents is located at front listing section content.

Executive summary is located on first few pages summarising content and findings.


Laptop icon Websites

 Cover general background information, may publish statistics and provide links to frameworks, reports, fact sheets and other resources. 

e.g. Department of Social Services https://dss.gov.au

Wikipedia is NOT an appropriate academic source. Only use as a starting point for your own information.

Where to find

Google
Government, educational, business/company and NGO websites

How to search

Check website domain contained in URL and about section to determine if source is academically appropriate.

.gov → Government

.org → Organisation 

.au → Australia

.edu → Education

.com / .co → Company / Business