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Foundation English 2

Assignment research

You are required to provide credible academic references for your assignments. If you need some ideas you can have a look at the Themed academic articles. You can also try searching your topic in one of the recommended databases below. Check the research tips page for more guidance. You should follow the APA 7 referencing guide when you create your references. 


Looking for articles about education? Check the Education page

Looking for articles about systems? Check the Business and manufacturing, Education or Health and medicine pages

Looking for articles about order? Check the Law and crime page

Looking for articles about communication? Check the Globalisation and migration and Technology pages

Looking for articles about intelligence? Check the Education page

Looking for articles about culture? Check the Culture page

Looking for articles about technology? Try the Technology page


Looking for articles about interpretation, persuasion, connection or independence? Try looking through the Themed academic articles or searching the recommended databases below. 


Use 'Library Search' to start your research. From here you can access books, DVDs, journal articles, newspaper articles and other types of resources.

Library Search


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Recommended databases

Use these databases to find more information for your assignments. Resources you find in these databases will be different from what you find in 'Library Search.'

Background research

Use these to find more information about a concept, or to provide a definition of a concept in your assignment. 

Academic databases

Use these to find academic journal articles and books on your topic.  

Image databases

Browse the ABS by topics (a more detailed list).

Finding international statistics

How Do We Find Statistics Internationally To Compare Against Australia?Here is a list of statistics websites from various countries, with similar types of information to the ABS:


Reference your sources (including statistics, datasets, images and tables) using the APA guide. 

You can use operators in a Google search to help refine your results.


This tells Google to return results from specific types of websites. For example, if you want to find information from Australian Government websites on ageing populations you could type: 

"ageing population" 

into Google. All of your search results will be from sites that end in - meaning they are Australian government websites. 


You can also use this operator to search within certain websites for information. Sometimes this works better than using the website's own search feature. Example: