Research is an important part of your studies at school and in particular your SACE Research Project. To be a good researcher, you must be able to locate, organise, evaluate, and communicate information. This is what library staff do all the time.
The key to a successful assignment or project is in understanding how to select and use the right information resources for your specific needs.
We can help you find information in online databases, e-books, e-journals and e-newspapers, library catalogues, and print resources. Access is free at the State Library.
Our speciality is South Australian materials. The collection and preservation of material relating to South Australia and its people is a primary role of the State Library.
Research work is a skill that improves with practice. At first, the information gathering process seems daunting, but once you learn the ropes you will surprise yourself with your efficiency. Please talk to our staff at the Information Desk if you would like any assistance.
Analyse your topic before you start, as this will help you to search more quickly and effectively. Work out what terms to look for and what search tools will be the most appropriate. You may also learn more about your topic as you go along. This can open up new research paths. Additional clues may present themselves, which will broaden your information hunt in new and unexpected ways.
From the information that you have found, select the most useful to your topic. Some questions to ask are:
Visit SACE Research Advice for useful guides on how to select credible sources for your research question.
Visit SACE Research Advice for useful guides in referencing.
Research Advice from SACE - includes researching and referencing tips.
Public Libraries SA – connecting you with your local library.
Services for years 11 and 12 students - University of Adelaide.
Year 11 and 12 students borrowing - Flinders University.
Community membership for SACE students - University of SA.
Tips from other states
All my own work program (NSW) – a program to assist high school certificate (HSC) students in NSW follow principles and practices of good scholarship.
Learn Skills (Ergo website) – research resources provided by the State Library of Victoria