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Year 12: Term 2 : Transport Issues

Term 2: Cold War

Brisbane Transport : Issues

Urban Transport Infrastructure - the future

Advanced Web Searching Tips

1. Use 'Ctrl F' (Control + Find) to search for particular terms easily in a long document, whether from a website or a database article.

2. Use a Google command to limit results to a CERTAIN DOMAIN

  • 'edu'  - for educational sites from universities and schools:
    eg  biodiesel site:edu
     
  • 'gov' - for government sites:

             eg ethanol site:gov

3.  To check the authority of a website when it is not clear who the author / authority is, go to the end of the URL in the Google search box, cut back to the first forward slash (/) and hit 'Enter'. This will take you to the Home Page of the website, and you can see the full name of the source.

4. Use a Google command to limit results to the MOST RECENT: After you get your results, choose the Google Menu Bar, and choose 'Tools'. Then on the far left, at the drop-down menu next to 'Any Time', you can choose 'Within the last year' (or less, if you prefer), but generally, you can choose 'Custom Range' at the bottom, as often the last 3 years would be sufficient for a recent search.

ONESearch Database Explorer

The ENTIRE collection of resources provided by the BBC Library can be searched on ONE single, powerful search platform, which retrieves print books, eBooks, database articles and websites. Click HERE for assistance.

Brisbane Transport : Plans

How to Reference

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO USING CITEACE

GRAPHIC IN-TEXT REFERENCES

Visual References: All photos, pictures, diagrams and graphs are referred to as ‘Figure’, and centred, with no wrap-around text.


Rapidly cooling lava surface

Figure 1
SandAtlas n.d.

Comment on the Figure in the following paragraph, for instance: The glowing colours in Figure 1 reveal the various temperatures of lava, with the bright yellow the hottest (over 1000 degrees C.) and the orange cooler at 800-900 degrees C.

NOTE: All graphic in-text references need to be fully referenced  and added to your  List of References at the end of your assessment, using the Harvard Australia method, through CiteAce. Choose the tab 'Image, Sound or Video Clip'.

List of References

'Types of lava flows'  n.d., SandAtlas, SandAtlas, viewed 6 March 2019, <https://www.sandatlas.org/types-lava-flows/>. 

TABLE IN-TEXT REFERENCES

Set-out of Table within your document as shown above with in-text reference EXCEPT label as Table 1 etc. (NOT Figure).

Report : How to include a Table of Contents / List of Figures

QUT C.R.A.A.P. Test for Evaluating Websites

Check the quality of your websites using these criteria (adapted from QUT Library):

Currency: Timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published, posted or last updated?
  • Is the information current for your topic and field of study? How recent does it have to be? Can older sources work just as well?
Relevance: Importance of the information for your needs
  • Is the information appropriate for a senior secondary course?
  • Is this an adequately in-depth examination or a quick summary of the topic?
  • Who's the intended audience? Is it the general public, a student, a researcher or industry?
  • Is the level of information too basic or too advanced for your needs?

Authority: Source of the information

  • Is the author/authoring body (individual person, or institution, or organisation) established and reputable?
  • Are their qualifications, credentials, expertise, experience, educational background and previous work (if any) relevant and do they add credibility to the source?
  • Has the piece been published by a well-known and respected publisher or organisation?
  • Do references to other sources support the writing ie is a Bibliography or Reference List provided?

Accuracy: Reliability and correctness of the information

  • Where does the information come from, and is it supported by evidence?
  • Does it have a Reference List or Bibliography so you can easily find and verify the sources used?
  • Are there any spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose: Reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? Why was it written?
  • Does the point of view appear objective, unbiased and impartial?
  • Is the viewpoint of the author's affiliation/ sponsors reflected in the message or content?
  • Does the author acknowledge alternative versions of the issues or facts?

Checklist prior to handing in Report

Before you hand in your assignment, check you have addressed all the aspects required in your Critieria Sheet. 

As you complete the content of your Report, review the format of your Report using the following checklist:

  • Title Page - include your name/class, teacher's name and a relevant image
  • Table of Contents sits on its own page following the title page
  • Numbering starts on Page 1 (your Introduction page)
  • Each section of the report is given a number and title e.g. 1. Introduction 2. Discussion/Findings 3. Conclusion (Heading 1)
  • Subsections within each major section ts a sub-section number e.g. 3.1, 3.2 (Heading 2)
  • Each new section should start on the top of a NEW page 

References

  • In-text references completed
  • All sources recorded in CiteAce -  copied and transferred to the end of your Report under  REFERENCES.