Tips to complete your resource log video - transcript

This is a transcript of the video "AIRS - Tips to complete your resource log", hosted on YouTube.


The tips in this presentation answer some common questions about how to complete your resource log for assessment. You should also refer to the guidance on the resource log as well as the assessment criteria sheet.

The word limit is only a guide. No marks are deducted for being under or over the word limit. Rather, think about answering the question and be succinct. You will receive an email giving you details of when your assessment is due.

Question one requires you to write your overarching question. You don't need to write a statement of sub-questions as you would in your thesis. We recognise that your research question is likely to change over time - we want you demonstrate how to write a good research question using the six properties as a framework. Refer to the resources provided in module one, the article by Foss and Waters will help you.

Part B of question one asks you to identify your theoretical constructs. Justify why you have used these terms in your research question and not others - for instance, are they known terms used by experts in your field, and are they subject terms in the databases?

For your answer to question one part c, show your understanding of each property and how it is incorporated into your research question.

For question two part a, think about how another author might express the same idea. That is, what are the like terms or synonyms that can be used in addition to your terms?

For question two part c, start by selecting three databases highly relevant to your research. The databases you choose should be specialist databases used for comprehensive searching. Not the library catalogue, not QuickFind, and not QUT ePrints. Check the database page under your subject area. You can also contact your liaison librarian for help.

You are required to list at least three search statements per database using at least five search techniques. The specific rules of the database, often called syntax, can help you construct a search statement. In the example on your screen, the inverted commas, the words OR, AND…and the brackets… are all search techniques. This example shows phrase searching, Boolean operators and Nesting. You can copy and paste your search statements from the database into your resource log. See module four for more help.

Note that question 3 C is a two-part question.

First, we want to know how you make notes. Do you use pen and paper? An online note taking system? Tell us your process.

And second, tell us how you organise your notes. Do you use document folders? Or, perhaps you use bibliographic software or other methods?

In question four, tell us what type of data you will need to generate and justify how it will answer your research questions. In part e, remember to provide your reasoning for how long your data will be retained.

Question six b is a two-part question. Tell us what you will write about in your journal article and how this matches the scope of the papers accepted by this journal. You can find this information usually on the journal website under instructions or guidelines for authors

Question seven is worth 30 marks. There are three parts to this question.

  • In part 1, tell us which referencing style you've used to list your ten references. Please supply the whole reference
  • In part 2, list ten references, check the style of each of your references, and make sure you use that style accurately and consistently.

For the third part, we're looking for evidence that you have used multiple tools to establish the quality of each reference. This may be qualitative and / or quantitative information.

For further information refer to the assessment criteria sheet. Your liaison librarian can help, or book into an assignment clinic - check your email for assignment clinic dates. And finally, do it early, do it well, and do it your way.