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Computing and Information Technology: COMP1010 Assignment Help

A Library Guide to Computing and Information Technology resources for students and staff of the University of Newcastle

Hello COMP1010 Students, Welcome to the Help Guide!

School of Information and Physical Sciences

This guide has 9 mini-sections to get you started with your Assessment 1: Research Report and Poster using LaTex assignment.

Before you start, it is strongly recommended that you:

  • read the Assessment Instructions in your Canvas course site, and
  • read the Marking Criteria for the assignment in your Canvas course site.

Helpful Libguide resources for this assessment include:

1. Plan for Your Research and Understand the Topic

Before you start looking for information for your assignment, it is important to analyse your topic and plan for your research. Think about:

  • What the question means and how you should go about answering it.
  • How much information do you need?
  • What kind of information have you been asked to use?
  • Are there any limiters such as time or geographic locations?

Identifying key concepts or keywords in your assignment will help you to locate relevant information more effectively. Also think about similar concepts and alternative terms eg Artificial intelligence OR AI, aboriginal OR indigenous. 

These key concepts and keywords will form the basis of your search strategy. 

Watch the following video on topic analysis by UON Academic Learning Support

What are your key concepts and keywords for your research topic?

2. Know the Search Tips and the Library Search

Once you have identified the keywords included in your research question, you can think about how to use these keywords to conduct your search.

Using appropriate search techniques such as Boolean Operators, phrase search, and truncation can make your search more effective.

Library Search is the library’s main discovery tool. You can use Library Search to find books and journal articles by title, author or subject key words all in one search box. 

Watch the videos below on Search Tips and Using Library Search.

Try the Library Search to find books and articles on your topic

3. Find Scholarly Journal Articles Using Databases

Information or literature can be found in a variety of sources such as Library Search, Databases, and on the Internet.  

Library journal databases are collections of journal articles. You can find the best databases for your topic on the Computing and IT Subject Guide.  

Not sure how to use them? Watch the following videos and try your search in

ACM Digital Library

EBSCO Megafile Ultimate

ProQuest Databases

ScienceDirect Journals


Scopus basic search

Web of Science

4. Use Snowball Search with Google Scholar

Snowball search is a search method that uses a key document on your topic as a starting point to find more other relevant publications by tracking down the citations.

  • Looking at the bibliography on the key document to find more titles published on the same topic 
  • Using databases or Google scholar to find other articles citing this document. 

Watch the video below and try a snowball search in Google Scholar by the following DOIs.

5. Evaluate Your Sources Using TRAAP

  • Locating sources appropriate for university assignments takes time and critical evaluation.
  • Understanding how to evaluate information should make it easier for you to choose sources for your assessments.

Watch the following video on evaluating your sources with the TRAAP method. 


Learn more using the Resource Evaluation Tool to help you assess resources such as books, websites, images and more.

6. Manage Your Literature Using EndNote (optional)

As part of your research, collecting evidence requires searching multiple resources on your topic. An effective way to manage large search results is using a Citation Management Tool such as EndNote. However, using EndNote is not required for this course. If you do use EndNote, you can export BibTeX citations from EndNote. Watch the following video to know more about EndNote. 

For Windows Users

For Mac Users

7. Reference with BibTeX

Referencing is a systematic way to acknowledge the sources you have used for your research. It is an essential part of university writing and academic integrity. Using other's work without due referencing is a serious academic misconduct-plagiarism. Learn more about Referencing and Paraphrasing, quoting and summarising

BibTeX is a reference management tool and a file format used for creating and formatting in-text citations and reference list in LaTeX documents. It allows you to maintain a database of references and cite them in your LaTeX documents in a chosen style.

The library BibTeX for Referencing guide provides information about BibTeX and how to save your search results in BibTeX format from the key databases as well as Google Scholar and EndNote. 

Click the following image to visit the BibTex for Referencing guide.

BibTeX for Referencing link

Please note:

  • The specific commands for compilation depend on your LaTeX editor or environment. If you are using Overleaf, an online LaTeX Editor, you may see the compilation and changes instantly when you turn the Auto Compile feature on.

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8. Read Effectively for Your Research

You won’t be able to read everything on your topic and you don’t need to read a source from cover to cover, you need to read effectively.

9. Write and Present Your Report

Writing your report is an ongoing process of writing and re-writing. See the UON Academic and Learning Support (ALS)Team’s Guide to Report Writing for detailed instructions on report writing, and always follow your lecturer’s instructions for what elements you are required to include. 

  • Watch the video below by ALS on Report Writing.
  • Contact academic support for more help when needed