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HRM320 Research Skills Guide: Assessment 1

What you are being asked to do

For Assessment Item 1 you are being asked to discuss the topic Attraction, Retention and Motivation. You are asked to support your views using relevant research including that from quality practice-based sources, relevant peer reviewed journal articles, and subject resources such as the prescribed text.

Keyword Brainstorming

Before you begin your search for resources, you can start by brainstorming synonyms (similar words) or related terms that will help you to identify words that you can use to kick off your search.

Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.

Two benefits of brainstorming keywords:

1. The language used to describe your topic may vary from source to source, and you don't want to miss out on a good source because it uses a different term to the one you are using in your search.

2. Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in 'other words', which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives while helping you to cement your understanding of the topic.

Draw up a table with two columns: in the left column you will write the keywords from your topic; and in the right column you will enter as many synonyms or similar terms as you can.

Keyword Similar or Related Term


Appeal; interest; desirable
Retention Procure; conserve; maintain; keep
Motivation Incentive; inspiration; stimulation

Once you have identified a range of suitable keywords you can go to Primo Search or Databases to start searching for information.

Primo Search

Use Primo Search to find information your topic:

  • After you have run a search, use the Refine My Results panel to limit to specific types of resources like books
  • For more tips on using Primo Search, see the Primo Search Help Guide.
  • For more information on borrowing, see the Library's Borrowing webpage.

Find additional keywords

Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.

In the Oxford Reference search box below, enter some of the keywords you've identified from your assessment question and note down any alternate keywords that you find.

Find your definitions by searching Oxford Reference Online

Other HRM dictionaries and encyclopedias can be found in the Human Resource Management Library Resource Guide.

Topic analysis

Charles Sturt University acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which its campuses are located, paying respect to Elders, both past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.

Charles Sturt University is an Australian University, TEQSA Provider Identification: PRV12018. CRICOS Provider: 00005F.