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Business and Economics: MGF1010 Sem. 2 2020

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MGF1010 Sem. 2 2020 (Caulfield) Research tips for Assignment 2


“The current COVID-19 pandemic is proving that successful managers must be proactive as well as reactive in terms of the management approaches they employ. Discuss, using relevant theory and real-life examples.”

Through the use of relevant theory and real-life company examples, students are required to write an argumentative academic essay addressing the above statement.

Be sure to read the full assignment instructions and the marking templates for both Parts I and II (on the unit Moodle site). They refer to using academic and non-academic sources (including news), which is discussed below.

Beginning your information research

The following techniques and resources are important, not just for the MGF1010 essay assignment, but for future unit assignments as well.

  • Start early, to give yourself the time needed to investigate and decide on the scope of your essay.
  • Start from what you know- i.e. your lecture materials, notes and any relevant unit readings.
  • As you read, note potentially useful references (i.e. cited books, journal and news articles) to search for later. Some online journal articles include direct links to their reference list items, and to items that cite that article.
  • Make a note of possible search terms, including any alternative expressions.
  • Management textbooks may also help you to get started.
  • Use Library Search, the Library's resource discovery tool, to look for relevant electronic books held in the Monash libraries. Search also includes articles from some of the journal article databases that the Library subscribes to. However, the content of many databases is not able to be included in Search, notably Business Source Complete and Factiva, which need to be searched separately (see below). 

For further tips and advice see: Research and writing for assignments including advice on understanding an assignment topic.

Searching for academic and non-academic sources

Academic journal articles can provide both relevant theory and examples, while non-academic sources such as business magazines and news sources can be useful for examples of applications of the theory in particular companies and industries.

The following links are part of this Business and Economics library guide, and will introduce you to identifying and searching for academic and non-academic articles.

Go to Journal and news databases, then the following sub tabs:

  • Academic and non-academic articles:  Why are they important and how to distinguish between them.Check out the short tutorial and find out how to save time when reading (often long and dense) academic articles.
  • Journal articles- key databases:  Find out about Business Source Complete via a short tutorial, and how to design a database search for academic and non-academic journal articles. 
  • News articles- key databases:  Find out about Factiva via a short tutorial, and how to search for news articles from around the world.
  • Finding a known article:  How to get the full text of an article when you have its citation (reference) details.

Both Business Source Complete and Factiva will be major information resources throughout your studies at Monash. Also try other key journal databases, such as ProQuest and Emerald, which are listed at Journal articles- key databases.

Your previous reading and understanding of the task is important for identifying which articles from a search result are most relevant for your response. Look for further potential search terms in the records you find to try in subsequent searches.

Referencing in the APA style

Be sure to reference the articles you use in your essay according to the APA style. How to do this is covered in Chapter 3 of the Q Manual.

In Business Source Complete and ProQuest databases you can obtain the reference details from the record for a particular item by clicking Cite, choosing APA, then copying and pasting the formatted details into your document.

However, beware that the pasted text usually requires subsequent manual editing to conform to the APA style. You will need to check it against Chapter 3 in the Q Manual, and make any necessary corrections.  

The Citing and referencing library guide also includes detailed APA advice and examples. 

If you have questions about researching and writing your assignment at any point, get advice via a Zoom drop in with a librarian or learning skills adviser.