Skip to Main Content

Computing and Information Technology: COMP6900 Assignment Help

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

Hello COMP6900 Students, Welcome to the Help Guide!

School of Information and Physical Sciences

This guide has 10 mini sections to get you started with your Research Project.

Before you start, it is strongly recommended that you:

  • read the Assessment Instructions in your Canvas course site
  • read the Marking Rubric for the assignment in your Canvas course site

Library resources for this assignment include:

1. What Is a Literature Review?

A literature review is a critical and in depth evaluation of previous research on a topic. Through your literature review, you can find what research, knowledge and practice have been developed in the area; the strength or weakness and the trends or gaps of the research; and how the research is closely related to your project. 

Watch the video by Krueger Library WSU below on what is a literature review.

2. Library Guide to Literature Review

The Library Literature Review Guide is an introduction to the Literature Review process. It covers:

  • What is a literature review?
  • Searching for the literature
  • Critical reading
  • Writing your review
  • Keeping track of your literature, and
  • Examples

Click the following image to visit the Literature Review Guide

Literature Review Libguide

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 using 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 document to find more titles published on the same topic 
  • Using databases or Google scholar to find other article citing this document. 

Watch the video below and try a snowball search in Google Scholar using the doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.017

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. 

6. Manage Your Literature Using EndNote

A literature review requires searching multiple resources on your topic. A good way to manage all your search results is to use a Citation Management Tool.

The library supports the use of EndNote for you to save, manage, and review the literature you have found for your literature review. EndNote can also create in-text citations and bibliography in Word automatically for you. 

From the library EndNote Guide, you can:

For a quick overview, watch the following video on how to use EndNote. 

For Windows Users

For Mac Users

7. APA and Other Referencing Styles

The Library provides style guides for most referencing styles used at UON such as AGLC, APA, Chicago A, Chicago B, Harvard, IEEE, JAMAMLA, and Vancouver

  • The APA referencing style is an author-date style. It uses short in-text citations, with full details in the reference list.
  • Visit the Library Guide to APA style for more details.
  • Watch the videos below for an overview of APA referencing style

APA Referencing Style 7th edition (APA 7th)

8. Read Effectively for Your Literature Review

Watch the video below on reading and note making for your literature review

9. Write Your Literature Review

A literature review in essay format should include an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Watch the following video (17 min) by David Taylor on how to write a literature review.

10. Write and Present Your Report

Writing your report is an ongoing process of writing and re-writing. See the UON Academic Support 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 on Essay and Report Writing.
  • Contact the academic support for more help with report writing.