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MBA Global: Getting Started

Tips for using the library to help you succeed

Library services

Some services for JCU Online students

You will find everything you need to study online, but there are other services you can make use of as an off-campus student.  

If you find yourself near a campus you can visit and use our libraries, remember your photo id. 

InfoSkills Toolkit

Go to the InfoSkills Toolkit by clicking hereInfoSkills Toolkit

The InfoSkills Toolkit is a self-paced training tool to help you understand what is needed to unpack your assignment question, work out the keywords for your research, find good quality sources and reference them appropriately.

There are four modules, and you can work through them in order, or jump straight to the part you need. Come back to the guide whenever you need a refresher on basic searching skills.

Welcome

Welcome to MBA Global @ your JCU Library guide to services and resources. We recommend you get familiar with the notes and resources listed on this page. It will help you be more effective at your library research and assignment preparation. You will find further resourses and tips to save you time under other tabs.

  • Key Resources tab: more details and more databases for finding information for assignments
  • Referencing tab: the basics of APA referencing and a link to the more detailed APA LibGuide
  • Assessment tab: general assessment tips
  • Contact Us tab: where to go for assistance

Tips to get you started and save time

computer  Understand your assessment topic. Do some background reading - use reference sources such as Credo (citable academic source) and Wikipedia (Not academic source but good for understanding and keywords on the topic). Read the marking rubric for the assessment in your subject outline and familiarize yourself with what you are required to demonstrate.

tip  Develop a mindmap to help you explore the topic, find alternate terms and synonyms; then decide on your approach to answering the quesiton.

tip  Develop some effective search strategies - use some of the terms you discovered in your background reading and your mindmap.

computer  Do some searches in the recommended databases, One Search and the web if appropriate. If your results don't match what you are looking for, try different search terms. Use the advanced search features of the database. Check under the Key Resources tab, find your subject code under the Subject Codes tab or look under the Cunningham Case Study tab for recommended databases and other sources.

evaluate  Evaluate your sources particularly if you are using non academic web sources.

Read your journal articles, book chapters and other web sources and take notes.

Write your assessment.

tips  Rewrite and proof read - several times until you are sure you have answered the question - not just discussed the topic.

tips Ensure you have satisfied the marking rubric requirements for the assessment. Check your subject outline for marking rubrics.

Use these databases to search for quality business information

Searching for quality business information?

Doing a research project? 

One Search

One Search quick search

Find articles, books, book chapters and more - use One Search to search through everything the library holds.

 

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