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Commerce: MBA & PostGrad students


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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 familiarise 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. 

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.

Foundation skills for students who have not studied for a long time


The standard referencing style for business is APA 7th edition

If doing longer assignments with over 15 references you may like to use referencing software. JCU library supports EndNote, a reference manager that enables click of a button in text referencing and the creation of a correctly formatted reference list. To get the most out of using EndNote it is best to start using the application at the beginning of your research rather than the beginning of your writing.

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