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Computing and Information Technology: INFT6800 Assignment Help

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

Hello INFT6800 Students, Welcome to the Help Guide!

School of Information and Physical Sciences

This guide has 10 mini-sections to get you started with your Assessment 2: Research Proposal, Presentation and Report assignments.

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

Helpful Libguide resources for this assessment include:

1. Get Started with Research and Systematic Literature Review

Research can be primary or secondary, and there are different types of research methods and tools. The library Research Methods Guide provides an introduction to research methods and search strategies for finding research.

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. There are many types of literature reviews including the Systematic Literature Reviews (SLR).

The Library provides a Literature Review Guide and also a Systematic Review Guide.  

Watch the following video on research and systematic literature review.

2. 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 video below on topic analysis. What are your key concepts and keywords?

3. Know the Search Tips and Library Search

Once you have identified the keywords included in your assignment 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.

Watch the video below and try the Library Search to find books and articles 

4. Find 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


  See the Scopus tutorials on their website here

Web of Science

5. 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 in Google Scholar by doi:

6. 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. 

7. 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. 

8. APA and Other Referencing Styles

The Library has created style guides for most referencing styles used at UON such as AGLC, APA, Chicago A, Chicago B, HarvardMLA. Vancouver and more. 

  • 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 video and see the example reference list in APA 7th style below



Ahmed, Z., Mohamed, K., Zeeshan, S., & Dong, X. (2020). Artificial intelligence with multi-functional machine learning platform development for better healthcare and precision medicine. Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, 2020, Article baaa010.

Denicolo, P., & Becker, L. (2012). Developing research proposals. SAGE Publications. 

Denscombe, M. (2013). The role of research proposals in business and management education. The International Journal of Management Education, 11(3), 142-149. 

Frederick, H., O'Connor, A., & Kuratko, D. F. (2019). Entrepreneurship: Theory, process, practice. Cengage Learning.

Motlagh, N. H., Mohammadrezaei, M., Hunt, J., & Zakeri, B. (2020). Internet of Things (IoT) and the energy sector. Energies, 13(2), 494.

Open University. (2008). Sample Research Proposals.

Schindler, P. S. (2021). Business research methods (14th ed.). McGraw-Hill. 

Sudheesh, K., Duggappa, D., & Nethra, S. (2016). How to write a research proposal? Indian Journal of Anaesthesia, 60(9), 631-634.

Taeihagh, A., & Lim, H. S. M. (2019). Governing autonomous vehicles: Emerging responses for safety, liability, privacy, cybersecurity, and industry risks. Transport Reviews, 39(1), 103-128.

Terrell, S. R. (2015). Writing a proposal for your dissertation: Guidelines and examples. Guilford Publications. [see catalog record here]

University of Melbourne. (n.d.). Writing a research proposal.

Walshaw, M. (2015). Planning your postgraduate research. Palgrave Macmillan.

York St John University. (2021). Examples of research proposals.

9. 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.

Watch the video below on reading and note making for your 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. 

For group presentation, see the Group Work and Presentation Skills Guide.

Watch the video below on Report Writing. Contact academic support for more help.