Identifying sources and
KNOWLEDGE, ENQUIRY AND
Identify the relevant sources to be able to
gather the information specific to the
research question/s you have identified.
Discuss the purpose of identifying
relevant information and organisation of
the data surrounding your research
Review your research study and identify the
(Refer to your last lecture/Does the literature or approach, link to the
Is this a qualitative or quantitative research
In finding this study, what were or what key
words could you use to locate it.
(May depend on your question)
May broaden your outlook or give you more
understanding of the area and allow you to develop
your own opinion or recommendations.
Encourage critical thinking throughout your search,
becoming aware of the diverse sources available.
Encourages development of efficient time management
and assist you to develop efficient gathering and
Relevance of identifying
sources and data gathering
Effective identifying of sources and gathering information requires:
Commitment, organisation skills and time.
Flexibility to gather from a wide variety of sources.
Knowledge of the different sources available.
Skills to be able to differentiate between valid and reliable
information. i.e. peer referred journals (have the articles had
to go through any formal review process?)
This needs to be organised in a timely organised manner.
Organisation of the data
To be able to access it
E-mail and files
Create a Chart (Boynton, 2005).
Diary/Blog (In evidence)
References to other studies etc.
Reviewing a source
(This should be recorded in your blog as
Note the scope of the source
Value of the source
Paraphrase the literature
Cite the references or links
Different sources of
Your own notes/experiences
Journals/links and references from journals
Videos/CD ROMs/audio tapes
Online sources- databases (from library)
Your own enquiry
Name of study
Qualitative or quantitative
Paraphrase findings or quote important facts
(For the purpose of your blog you must provide
evidence of your enquiry process, connect your
question to the study/article and state the relevance to
Boynton, P. M. (2005). The research companion: A practical guide for the
social and health sciences. New York: Psychology Press.
Hart, C. (1988). Doing a literature review: Releasing the social science
research imagination. Thousand Oaks: Sage.