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Getting started with Task 3

Before you start researching, make sure you understand what your assessment is about.

Visit the Assignment Calculator and work out a time frame for Task 3. Then follow the instructions outlined in Step 1 of the calculator to gather all materials for your assessment. Return here to begin analysing your assessment task.

Research process for Task 3

When do feedback, listening and questioning occur in your discipline? Is it:

  • formal or informal
  • verbal or written
  • individual or collective
  • one-way or two-way

What other words do you use when referring to these three skills in your discipline? Hint: a text book will include this terminology.

For example, a psychologist will listen, question and provide feedback to a patient during a therapy session. However, they may call it probing rather than questioning. Feedback may be in the form of restating the patient's view or providing a different perspective. Psychologists may refer to the overall interaction as a client consultation.

Duration 3:22

Why do you need Text books?

Text books are a great place to begin your research as they provide details about:

  • the history or overview of a topic
  • changes and major developments
  • key theories and approaches for a discipline
  • discipline specific terminology and definitions

Check out some of the ebooks and books we have about communication in different disciplines.

Duration 1:51

After you have analysed your topic and found new terminology from some text books, it is time to think about your search strategy to find journal articles. There are several tools you can use to make your search more efficient. Visit the Boolean Operators guide or watch the video Online Research: Tips for effective search strategies. In summary:

  • place OR between alternative keywords for a single topic
  • place AND between the different topics
  • use truncation * to find alternative endings to words
  • use "phrase searching" to find exact phrases

Duration 3:04

What are scholarly journal articles?

Journal articles are considered scholarly if they:

  • are written by academics and qualified professionals in the discipline
  • are published in reputable journals, usually peer-reviewed journals
  • use discipline specific vocabulary
  • include in-text citations and a list of references at the end
  • weighs all evidence fairly

How do you find scholarly journal articles?

Before you start looking for articles, you need to really understand your assessment task and develop an effective search strategy.

Once you do this, you can use the Advanced Search in Discover to find relevant sources. Visit Find information to learn more about finding articles.

Evaluation criteria

It is important to evaluate any source you use to ensure they are credible. Here are some questions you might like to ask about each source:

  • Authority: Who is the author? Are they an expert in their field and the topic? Have they been cited by other authors?
  • Currency: When was the article/book published? How old is the information cited in the article/book?
  • Content: Is the information relevant to your topic? Is it written in an academic or scholarly language?
  • Accuracy: Can information be verified for accuracy in other sources? Have other experts in the field reviewed this information?
  • Bias: Is the research sponsored by an organisation? Is the author trying to sell or push a product or service?

Credible information


This cartoon explains how to think about a topic in broader and related topics.

What is bias?

Thinking around the topic

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