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AFTRS Library

Research Skills


  • Plan your Search String.
  • Identify your keywords (more information on the next slide )
  • Identify what type of information you are looking for.
  • Books
  • Journal Articles
  • Video Recordings
  • Interviews
  • Government Publications
  • Decide where you will look for the information.
  • Databases
  • Library Physical Collection
  • Google Scholar
  • Industry websites
  • Subject Guides
  • Search for your resources.
  • Save your resources.


Create a list of keywords related to the subject you are researching.

The Search String

Query:The influence of feminism in the film industry within Australia?Keywords:Feminism /Women/ females / feminine influence/ position/ effectfilm industry / movies / cinema AustraliaSearch Strings:Feminisim AND Influence AND Film Industry Women OR Female AND effect AND film

  • Search the physical collection
  • Read eBooks online
  • Access Databases to find journal articles
  • Browse Industry websites

Online Library

Subject Guides

Are a great place to start searching for resources to complete your assignments.

  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Website links
  • Documentaries
  • Quick search keywords

Library Catalogue - Basic Search

You will also find links to magazines, streaming services and podcasts on the catalogue page

Enter a search term in the Library Catalogue search bar


Review and choose from books or DVDs in results


Access item on shelf or, if available, click link to digital version


Library Catalogue - Filters

Narrow the results you retrieve using the filters found on the side of the library catalogue.

Journals present the most recent research, and journal articles are written by experts. You find these by searching the databases.

Journal Articles


These hold a collection of information, focused on one subject or multidisciplinary.Databases should be used to find authoritative journal articles for your assignments.They can include:

  • Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Reports
  • Newsletters

  • Choose a Database from the AFTRS collection.
  • Login using your Moodle credentials.
  • Select Advanced Search.
  • Type in your search string and Search!

Conductthe Search

Research by Citation

Look to the end of the article, and see if any of the citations could be useful for your research.

Google scholar provides access to scholarly journal articles. You can find information for your assignments here. Referencing FeatureClick the symbol below an article you wish to reference. Google will provide this for you. Always double check if it is correct!

Google Scholar

Screen Australia

  • Provides statistics on the production and release of feature films, TV drama, documentary and other screen content in Australia.
  • Key funding body for the Australian screen production industry.
  • Supports and promotes the development of a highly creative, innovative and commercially sustainable industry.

The National Film & Sound Archive

Box Office Mojo

  • A collection of 2.8 million works, including films, television and radio programs, videos, audio tapes, records, compact discs, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings.

  • One of the most comprehensive databases for box office information and statistics.
  • Studios, eg. Lionsgate
  • People
  • Actors
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographers
  • Composers

Industry Websites

  • The SLNSW is free to join.
  • Provides access to over 3m digital files.
  • Provides access to several Databases for you to search.

The State Library of NSW

  • It will make it easier to keep track of where you found your information.
  • Will help you identify gaps in the information you have gathered.
  • For Referencing purposes.

Record your Resources


Through writing down the following information in a digital or paper based format:

  • Author/s
  • Title of Source
  • Link/URL
  • Name of the Journal you retrieved it from
  • Page numbers


Referencing is the acknowledgment of the resources that you have used in your assessments.This will take the form of a list at the end of your work and will include detailed information about any material that you’ve mentioned.You can find more help on referencing on the Library Website under Referencing.


The article has been used in my assignment. There are a few details I will need to record to construct my reference. These can be found on the front page of the article . Note the punctuation.

Referencing in Practice

ComponentsArticle Author, A. A., & Article Author, B. B. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number (issue number if necessary), inclusive page numbers.Completed referenceUnderwood, M. (2008). I wanted an electronic silence Musicality in Sound Design and the Influences of New Music on the Process of Sound Design for Film. The Soundtrack, 1(3), 193-210.

A Business Case or Management Report:​

  • Explains the reasoning behind starting a project or task.​
  • Will outline how the project’s objective will be meant.​
  • Is generally a structured document made up of a number of different sections.​
  • Can range from extremely comprehensive and formal to short and informal.​
  • Will include research summaries and financial modelling to support the findings, conclusions and recommendations.​

The Business Case

'Traditional report structure' Business Research Methods, 2015, Saunders



  • Describes the problem​
  • How the data was collected and discusses the major findings. ​
  • The body may be broken into subsections, with subheadings that highlight the specific point to be covered in that subsection. Also included here will be any financial modelling.​
  • Should reiterate the main points from the body of your business case​
  • Highlight the main points and detail any financial aspects. ​
  • Summarise why you wrote the report and why your plan will be successfully implemented.​

Sections of a Busines Case


  • A list of actions that should be taken as a result of your report and justification on why these actions should be taken. Recommendations should flow logically from the conclusion, be relevant and practical.​
  • The list of resources used to create your business case.​
  • Appendix
  • Add any appendices that are relevant and strengthen your business plan.​

Sections of a Busines Case continued

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Business Research Methods

The Process


Identify Your Keywords


Decide what type of Information you need


Decide where you will look for your Information


Search for your resources


Save and reference your resources



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