Hi! I'm Jess, your embedded librarian and I've created this guide to help you with your research for EMT302. 

Each section introduces the steps you should take when researching for an assessment. You'll find links to videos and resources that will give you the tools to find great information. Use the activities on the Test Your Knowledge tab to see what you need to revise.

Getting started with your assessment

The first thing is to make sure you clearly understand the task and what topic you are seeking information for, this is called topic analysis.

Assessment Item 1, for instance, asks you to investigate a topic or question regarding the use of technology in education. Be sure to thoroughly read your Subject Outline for the assessment details in full, including the Marking Criteria. 

With an understanding of your task you then need to plan how you will search for information. This starts with identifying and brainstorming keywords. As this topic is quite open-ended, you will also need to consider how you will narrow your focus.

From your assessment task:

Keywords Synonyms or related terms


A narrower focus may be assistive technology

Accessibility, aid, adaptive 

Adaptive devices, accessible technology

Education  learning, teaching, literacy, numeracy, pedagogy

Does your task place any limits? These might be "in the last X years"; Australian content; or a stage of education, like early childhood. These limits can also be used as keywords to search - keep reading for some example search strategies! 

For guidance in topic analysis check out:

Choose the right place to search

Before you start searching, think about what types of information you need and where you can search to find those types of resources.

Primo Search

Primo Search is a good place to start as it allows you to use one search box to bring back results from most of our Library collection including books, eBooks, journal articles, newspaper articles and more. You may get a large number of results and some of these will be from outside your subject/discipline area. Check the content is relevant to your assessment task before you use it.

Library databases

Databases will help you find academic resources and are often subject specific. You will get fewer results than Primo, but they will be more relevant to your subject/discipline. 

I recommend trying the following database:

The Education & Teaching list has more databases you can search.

Learn how to search efficiently in Primo and Library databases:

Other Sources

Web Resources

As your assessments focus on educational technologies, you may find reliable websites a useful and current source (in addition to peer reviewed journal articles and scholarly books). For example:


Assessment Item 1 also requires you to use a digital presentation application to share your findings, like PowerPoint or Keynote. To enhance your presentation, you may wish to include visual elements. To help you comply with Copyright law and source images responsibly, see:

Create a search strategy

When you search using Primo Search or a library database use the keywords and limits you identified above to create your search. Combine the keywords with search operators, rather than searching with a whole sentence or question. Search operators tell Primo or the database how to search with your keywords.

For your assessment topic potential search strings could include:

  • "assistive technology" AND "early childhood" AND educat*
  • (assistive OR access* OR adaptive) AND (tech* OR device) AND "early childhood" AND Australia*
  • "early childhood" AND pedagog* AND technolog* 

Remember: you will need to try a range of searches. Don't stop after just one.

To understand how search operators work check out:


Using credible information will improve the quality of your assessment and may result in better marks, but how can you tell whether the resources you've found are credible and suitable for your assessment? Have you been asked to use peer reviewed, academic or refereed articles? Are you using authoritative websites?

The information below will help you evaluate the information you find, in books, journal articles, or online to make sure it’s reliable.

Using AI

Have you been asked to use Generative AI Tools (GAITs) in your assessment? Or are you thinking of using GAITs for research and study? 

Make sure you are aware of the risks associated with using GAITs:

  • Academic integrity
  • Plagiarism
  • Inaccurate content
  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy concerns.

For more information see:

Microsoft Copilot

Microsoft Copilot is a chat interface that uses ChatGPT 4 to generate answers based on questions or prompts that you write.

Copilot is free, does not require a login and provides real-time information and citations. To learn more check out the Digital Skills modules.

Reading, writing and referencing

The Academic Skills team can help you to build your writing, referencing and reading skills to be successful at Charles Sturt.

Explore resources from the Academic Skills team in the Learning Skills section of the Student Portal.

Here are some pages to get you started: