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Monday, July 23, 2012

Just a few clicks away!

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The Research Project is called that for a very good purpose, it is about research. The majority of your grade will be awarded for the quality of research you conduct. Hence today's lesson with Anne from the library was extremely important. Whilst only half the class was there, I hope the those absent take the time to talk to others who attended and follow up the research information I will put up on this blog posting.

The research required for the Research Project must go beyond the normal "Googling" process. A more comprehensive process is required which involves the fantastic database research facilities we were shown today. If you don't know how to use them just ask others and practice using them. The codes are available on the bookmarks supplied – get one from me or the library (I can't put them up on this public blog!). You must use the databases if you are doing any issue/topic based Research Project (maybe product projects may also find the databases of use as well). Moreover, when you have found the source you must citate in accordance with the Harvard system which Ann again demonstrated today. Don't leave the bibliography until the end, it should be collated as you go along correctly citated. Go to citation facility on the library link to create the correct citation of the source.
Hopefully you are all still doing your log?!!

Anyway, here are the links from today for you to play with and use. All your research is just a few clicks away!

1. LinksPlus: available to all TSC students using the password.

This is an amazing categorised data base of websites which have educational value for a huge range of issues/topics. LinksPlus is designed to guide research and save time for students, teachers and librarians. Go to, log in using the TSC User name and Password and start looking for sites for your issue/topic.

2. Newstext: available to all TSC students using the supplied password.

Newstext contains nearly 30 million articles from 150 News Corporation newspapers worldwide, and is updated daily. Most of the newspapers are published in Australia. The archive for some newspapers begins in 1984.
Just go to and login using the TSC User Name and Password.
* Only open the article if the abstract looks promising (costs for each article opened).
* Print article, don’t ask for an email of the article because they all go to Anne in the library.
* Use “and” in your searches.

3. 3. EBSCO Host databases

EBSCOhost databases and discovery technologies are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide, representing millions of end-users. It contains thousands of articles from magazines, journals etc on every imaginable topic/social issue.

EBSCO Host contains:

* Australia New Zealand database

* Australia New Zealand points of view

Again, the User ID and Password is on the bookmark.

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