By Darlyna Hong
You know you’re becoming a real adult when you learn that Wikipedia is no longer considered a reliable resource. So now that you’re finally starting the assignment that you’ve been avoiding – where should you look to find the best resources and tools for your assignments? Here are the best places to start your research and take on that assignment!
If you haven’t done them, that’s ok. But you probably should. These readings are given to you to afford you a deeper understanding of your subject, and offer different perspectives. Unfortunately, they are long and often old so you don’t even want to look at it. But they are filled with the knowledge you are required to know, and they also look great in your assignment. Besides, it is better to get the readings done along the way and have the knowledge rather than cramming all the readings during assessment time.
I know, I know. Is that $70 book really worth your hard-earned dollars? You bet it is! These textbooks have been carefully selected by your educators to give you the best understanding of media and communication in your subjects and are filled with a plethora of useful skills and an abundance of knowledge. They will also remain useful after you graduate, proving a valuable resource as you enter the workplace. However, if you are unsure on how much use you will get out of the book, ask your tutor or lecturer – or wait a few weeks before purchasing the book and see how you find studying without it. If you don’t have the money to splash on an expensive textbook, you should definitely utilise your University’s library and see if you can borrow the book instead. Speaking of the library…
The library is filled with a wide variety of books. You can go and visit in person and take your time skimming the books for what you need, or instead opt to check out the QUT library database. This resource expands your search by also reviewing online articles that you wouldn’t be able to find searching through books. The library provides an excellent guide that can help students find what they are looking for and runs workshops that the library occasionally runs to help students with researching.
There is nothing better than reading your lecture slides to find that they perfectly – and succinctly – sum up that 20 page reading you were supposed to do! Looking through lecture slides can help stimulate your ideas and give you inspiration on how to best approach your assignment. It also helps that these lecture slides often have snippets of the best parts of your readings, so be sure to check them out!
Tutors and Lecturers
Although it may not always seem like it, your educators are here to help you (even when it feels as though your assignment is killing you). If you are feeling uncertain or need some guidance with your ideas, send them an email or arrange a time to speak with them in person. Talking with them will offer you inspiration or at the least, give you the reassurance of knowing that you are on the right path.
This tool provided by QUT is one of the most useful resources you will encounter at university. It includes a referencing tool to guide you through referencing for the APA, Harvard, Legal and Vancouver styles. It also provides a writing guide for everything you could possibly need at university: essays, reports, critiques and more. So, if you are blanking on how to being your assignment, QUT Cite Write is a great place to start! Griffith University and The University of Queensland also have their own referencing tools that they also provide.
Need more help with referencing? See our previous post specifically tailored for you!