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Here’s what you need to know.
There are many sources of information available to you, and thus, it is important to know where to access resources for your academic research that are reliable, accurate, objective and current. The purpose of this guide is to point you in the right direction and introduce some invaluable tips and resources to get the most out of your online research.
Reliable sources may include:
Unreliable or non-academic sources may include:
An online database of academic articles, journals, images and news.
Click here for a short video overview of how to use EBSCOhost
Click here to access EBSCOhost
To filter your search results;
Search this database for a current issue (eg: COVID-19, refugees, gun control, etc), and find resources that present multiple viewpoints. 4 main essays are presented for each topic, along with supporting full text from journals, newspapers, etc. Great for research projects, and debates.
Click here for a short video overview on how to navigate AU-NZ Points of View Reference Centre
An easy-to-navigate academic database especially geared towards secondary school students.
Click here for a short video overview of how to navigate Explora
Enter your search terms into the search bar or click on one of the listed categories or topics.
If you click on one of the listed categories or topics, the first search result will be a Topic Overview which may be useful for your research
Filter your search results;
Found the article you want?
JSTOR – is a highly selective digital library of academic content in many formats and disciplines. The collections include top peer-reviewed scholarly journals as well as respected literary journals, academic monographs, research reports from trusted institutes, and primary sources. Ask the library staff for login details
Click here for an introduction JSTOR.
JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. JSTOR helps you explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform.
Search for academic articles through Google
Step 1: Go to Google Scholar
Step 2: Enter your search terms
Step 3: Look for articles with a [pdf] link in the right-hand column
Step 4: Change the date range to narrow your search to more recent articles
How to find License-free Images using Google
You can only use online images in your work if they are freely available and are not restricted by copyright.
To locate unrestricted images:
Step 1: Go to ‘Google Images‘
Step 2: Search using keyword/s
Step 3: Click on ‘Tools’
Step 4: Usage Rights
Step 5: Select the option that best suits your needs
*You may need to check whether your teacher requires images to be referenced in your work
Watch this YouTube video “How to Google like a Pro” for some excellent tips on effectively targeting your online searches
Once you have found an academic article, read the abstract (summary) to see if it is related to your topic or focus question. If so, save it to your preferred online place, and then use the references at the end of the article to lead you to more related resources on your topic.
Academic Misconduct / Malpractice (Plagiarism, cheating & collusion)
Academic Misconduct / Malpractice may include:
The Killara High School Assessment Policy states:
“Students determined to have been involved in malpractice in relation to any assessment task, including exams, may expect to receive a zero mark for that task.”
Note: Teachers at Killara High School often submit assessments using Turnitin (the Internet-based plagiarism detection service). Any plagiarism will be automatically picked up by the Turnitin service.
You can broaden your research by using the huge variety of resources available at many libraries, rather than relying on the Killara High School collection. You can easily join all of these libraries and access all of their resources for free.
National Library of Australia – Trove
Find and access Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.
State Library of NSW
The State Library of NSW has amazing research and other HSC resources on their website. Just search for “State Library HSC Base Camp” and “State Library NSW eResources”
The State Library also holds free ‘HSC Help’ sessions for English, History and Society & Culture twice a year. The library employs specialist Research Librarians ready to help you with your research questions.
City of Sydney Library
Join online to access a huge range of electronic titles to support your research.
Your Local Library
Your local library will have a selection of HSC and other resources in print and online, and may give you access to online subscription databases for academic research.
Search for your local council library on Google:
Eg: “Ku-ring-gai Council Library or Hornsby Council Library”
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