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INF200 Research Skills Guide: Assessment 1

What are you being asked to do?

To produce this report, you need to demonstrate your understanding of change and change management in information organisations.  

Where should you start?

First, make sure you read the information in the Subject Outline about this assessment task carefully, as well as any information provided to you by your lecturer. Ask questions if you don't understand something. 

Then, refer back to the Identify section in the INF111 Research Skills Guide, for examples of how to break the task down and identify key concepts. You can then develop keywords to use while searching. Some of the key theoretical areas you might choose to investigate for this report include:

  • Change management and major change projects
  • Change in information organisations in particular
  • Managers, supervision and management theory

Sources of information

You need to demonstrate your understanding of the specific requirements of supervising and managing change in an information organisation. You are required to discuss the importance of managing change effectively, outline types of decision-making, etc. Refer to the Rationale in your Subject Outline for more learning outcomes that will be assessed. In your research, you could look for both theory and practical case studies or professional examples.

Background information

Before you get started on your research, sometimes it's a good idea to look for some background information on the key concepts involved in your assessment task, especially if you're not familiar with all the phrases and terminology involved. For example, you might do some basic, preliminary reading on concepts like change management and management theory, just to make sure you understand the basics before getting into in-depth research.  

This might seem like doing more work, but it actually provides you with important context that can make the rest of your research project more efficient.

There are a number of places to find background information:

  • Reference resources like encyclopedias and dictionaries, which you can find using Primo Search
  • Reliable websites (from informed or authoritative sources; see the Using Internet Resources page for tips on evaluating websites)
  • Some types of news articles, including reviews, feature articles and explainers.

While you shouldn't use Wikipedia as a source in an academic paper, it can be a fairly reliable source for background information. Citations in Wikipedia articles can sometimes lead you to other good sources, especially on contemporary topics. 

Reference items to use in your assignment

When it comes to in-depth research, different sources of information can assist you with different parts of your assignment.

  • Books and eBooks often contain overviews and discussions of theory, and are good resources to use in your assignment. They can be found using Primo Search.
  • Journal articles usually have a narrower focus, for example discussing a specific piece of research or specific aspects of a theory. They can give you a good idea of how certain theories are applied within practical or project-based contexts. These can be found by using Primo Search, Journal Databases and Google Scholar.
  • Professional articles are written by and for professionals working in the field. They are published in professional or trade journals, and they are not scholarly but are often written by managers and staff in organisations, so they can be a good source for practical information. You can find them in Primo Search by excluding peer-reviewed material in a search for articles, or by identifying specific trade journals and browsing. 
  • Reports from reputable sources can also be used for information on practical applications of theory, though they tend to be less scholarly. These can be found using Google Search.
  • Websites can be used for background reading, though not all will be suitable to use in your assignment.

 

Sources of Information

Professional journals

While it's important to use scholarly resources in your assessment tasks, professional or trade journals might be useful for this essay, as they are written by librarians, for librarians, and often discuss the experience of working directly with client groups. Trade journals are not usually considered scholarly, but can be highly valuable in certain contexts.

Some of the key professional journals in the library and information studies industry include:

 

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