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1.2.1 Understand your references

 
Determine your information  needs
1.1 Define your topic
1.2 Increase familiarity with your topic
  * 1.2.1 Understand your references
  1.2.2 Locate your references
1.2.3 Understand call numbers
1.3 Map your ideas
1.4 Types of assignment
1.5 Amount of information
1.6 Types of sources
1.7 Types of publications
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Glossary

To do the background reading recommended by your lecturer, you need to understand what type of publications have been referenced. They could be books, book chapters, journal articles or Web pages.

Let's look at the readings that have been set:

A book reference

The place of publication (Hoboken, NJ) and the publisher (John Wiley & Sons) are identified in the reference: Razaee, Z. (2009). Corporate governance and ethics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

The parts of the reference that help you understand this is a book are the place of publication and publisher.

A book chapter reference

No authors are listed for this chapter. The chapter title (Ethical theory and business practice), book editors (T. L. Beauchamp, N. E. Bowie, & D. G. Arnolds) and book title (Ethical theory and business) are identified in the reference: Ethical theory and business practice. (2009). In  T. L. Beauchamp, N. E. Bowie, & D. G. Arnold Eds.), Ethical theory and business (8th ed., pp. 1-44). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

The part of the reference that helps you understand this is a book chapter is the word In.
You know this is a chapter in a book because both the place of publication and publisher are recorded.

A journal reference

The journal title (Corporate Governance), volume (9), issue (2) and page numbering (189-201) are identified in the reference: Jones, P., Hillier, D., & Comfort, D. (2009). Corporate social responsibility in the UK gambling industry. Corporate Governance, 9(2), 189-201. doi: 1108/14720700910946622

You can tell this is a journal article because the volume, the issue and page numbering are recorded.
Notice the place of publication and publisher are NOT recorded.

A Web page reference

The URL or Uniform Resource Locator (http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/gambling-2009/draft) are identified in the reference: Australia. Productivity Commission. (2009). Gambling : draft report. Retrieved  from  http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/gambling-2009/draft.

You can tell this is a Web page because the reference contains a URL and access date.

References are also discussed in 4.4 Citations and references.

Activity

Activity indicatorWhat type of reference is this?

Biggs, J. (1999). Teaching for Quality Learning at University. Buckingham, UK: Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press.

a. Web page
b. book
c. journal article
d. book chapter

Response:

You have now identified the references you have been given. How will you locate them effectively?




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