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SS1010: Australian People: Indigeneity & Multiculturalism: The research phase


So now you have finished the first step, you have read the book and selected the topics and the passages that you are going to build your essay around, next is the research phase. This assignment requires you to use  a minimum of 5 references in your essay, they must include:

Muddy People: A Memoir By Sara El Sayed

Kim Lam & Fethi Mansouri (2021) Beyond (mis)-recognition: Muslim youth and religiosity in Australia. Journal of Youth Studies, 24(6), 765-780

And at least three other academic sources, which may include assigned readings from this subject and independent research.

Search strategy

So how do you find good additional journal articles to support your essay?

Well one of the best ways is to combine the focus words from our essay question and the key words from the theme you selected in the book and put them into OneSearch on the library home page.

For example, if I am searching for articles on young Muslim migrants in Australia my search words might look something like this:

muslim AND youth AND australia AND culture

You may have to try a few different combinations of search words to really land on the topic you want, but don’t give up. Once you find it you’re set, and your essay will be much easier to write.

You can learn more about breaking down your topic and developing search strategies on the InfoSkills Toolkit.

Four step reading process link

If you feel like a more structured approach to reading journal articles would be helpful to you, then consider using a reading strategy like this:


Tip 1 

The librarians help people navigate OneSearch every day, so if you are having a hard time finding the right articles just take your research question and your chosen theme to the front counter at the library and the librarians will be happy to help you. Alternatively, you can ask library staff questions online.

Tip 2

As you research, include the APA references for the articles seriously, you will save a bucket load of time later and a heap of frustration. Here is a link to the APA Reference Guide.


Digging deeper

Another excellent way to find new journal articles and other academic resources is from the reference list in other articles. Here is one that I pulled from the Lam & Mansouri (2020) reference list (remember you must use the Lam & Mansouri (2020) article so you are already on the right track)

Harris, A. (2016). Belonging and the uses of difference: Young people in Australian urban multiculture. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture, 22(4), 359-375.

You can follow reference lists like threads. As you are reading an article if something strikes you as valuable to your essay check to see if it is referenced and then you can search for the original paper and maybe find a gold mine of information.

Here is another article that popped up in OneSearch.

Kabir, N. A. (2015). Muslim youth’s identity in Australia: Vigilant, rational and bicultural. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 1(1), 82–96

Once you have found your articles, you still have to use them effectively. This means you will have to read with a purpose and catalogue the important sections (including the page numbers) just like you did with the autobiography.

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