briefing paper

Paper instructions

1. the instruction is the pptx, and there is a word document as well, that is very helpful for the research.
2. question 1 should use at least 5 resources, there are 3 should be a WRITTEN resources, which can not be an online resources. but you could search on BOND UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, if that doc is an online book or article.
3. you can use this website( ) for the BOND UNI LIBRARY search

Advice on locating and using resources in a library database FOR THE BRIEFING PAPERS

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The briefing papers require you to locate resources (articles, videos) to learn about a set topic.See iLearn for the specifics of each assignment.  Below is some advice on how to conduct a search for relevant articles on the library’s electronic databases.  Some of the same advice is applicable to a Google search (e.g. quote marks to keep a phrase together).  A Google search will return more websites of perhaps unknown credibility; a library search as described below will return more articles from professional and academic journals.  I assume you are already an expert on searching YouTube and similar video resources.  Please DO use the library databases, not just Google, for your assignments.

To Search Electronic Databases in the Library

From the Bond homepage, go to the Library site.  A box on the middle of the page says “search all resources.”  You can use this search box to find articles acrossmany databases and also the library’s book collection.  There is also the capacity for an advanced search, in which you can specify exact sources and/or dates and/or authors and/or multiple search terms.  Either click search on the “search all resources” box to find the advanced search link, or it appears once you have searched anything via the initial box.

Alternatively, you can go to a specific databasein the Library as follows:  Click on electronic resources, then A-Z e-resources, then select a the database.  I suggest clickinge, then Ebsco Megafile Complete, which is a useful database.  Within Ebsco, you can choose specificdatabases to include in your search.  I habitually tick Academic Search, Business Source, and Psych & Beh Sci for HR-related searches.  Another useful database you can find from the A-Z E-resources list under Pis Proquest.

Search Terms

Whichever searchportal you use, the next step is to put in your search terms or phrases, usingquote marks to keep phrases together so they will be searched as a phrase rather than several independent words. You may also use AND, OR, or NOT when helpful to combine search terms.

Example:  Suppose you are interested in learning about bullying at work.  If you put bullying in as your search term, you will get tens of thousands of hits, many involving bullying in schools or among children or cyberbullying.  Instead, you could experiment with a more specific search phrase like “workplace bullying” in quotes, or “bullying at work”.  Or bullying AND work NOT school.  Often your initial search and reading will bring to light others search terms that will be useful.  For instance, after reading a piece or two about bullying at work, you might find that the phrase “abusive supervision” keeps being used.  So you could search this phrase to locate dozens of articles on the topic.Both of the briefing paper topics will be best served by experimenting with several related search terms, perhaps starting with a more general one and then becoming more specific as you learn more about the topic.

Refining your Search

In addition to your search term or phrase, there are other ways to refine your search to find the most relevant pieces.  The advanced search features and databases like Ebsco and Proquest let you specify search criteria under different fields.  For instance, you may choose that your search term or phrase appear anywhere in the article (default) or in the title or abstract or subject keyword fields.  If it appears in the title, you know the article is probably really about that topic but you’ll miss many other articles about the topic that just didn’t happen to put your exact term in their title.  If your term appears in the subject field or abstract, the article is likely to be relevant.  If it appears just anywhere in the article, it might or might not be so relevant.

You may also choose to restrict your search to particular dates, such as the last few years for really current resources, or just leave this field blank.

You can also limit the search to peer reviewed journals, or to sourcesthat have full-text available.

Evaluating Sources

All sources are not equally credible.  Take time to think about how sensible what you are reading seems to be.  Just because something appears on a website or in a video doesn’t mean it’s correct or reliable.  There are a lot of short videos online that are of very questionable quality – assess whether or not they make sense before using what you have heard in your paper.

Before you rely on a source, be sure to look at the publication date, in case it is too old to be correct any more.  For some topics, date matters a lot more than others.  Sometimes conventional wisdom from a decade or more ago is still perfectly good advice; for other topics you need the latest thinking or most recent examples.

Consider the place of publication/nationality of the work if relevant.  For many topics in HRM, good practice is good practice, wherever it is.  Advice on how to do job analysis or human resource planning or align HR practices to strategies is applicable everywhere.  But if you were researching a legal topic, like the legal recourse for victims of workplace bullyingor the rights of unions, laws will vary by country so be sure you are accessing information about the country of interest.

Consider the credibility of the outlet – does it sound like a reputable journal where experts on the topic are likely to be publishing after a peer review for credibility?  A practitioner journal or respected newspaper outlet of somewhat less scientifically demanding standards?  Or just stuff on a website that is merely someone’s off the cuff opinion?  Beware of the latter – some of this material may be useful and some will be quite inaccurate.

Are the pieces you read (and videos you watched) making sense together, or are you getting conflicting advice?  Some disagreement between sources might be expected, and some pieces will concentrate on different aspects of the topic than others, but if you get a real outlier, advice that just sounds wrong given all the other things you’ve read, you might want to disregard it.

Using the Resources you Find for the Briefing Papers:

You may end up consulting more than the required number of sources to find enough that seem really useful and make sense to you.  Be sure that you use what you learned to answer the specific briefing paper task/questions that I set for you.  It’s not about reviewing or including the entire article, but about pulling out and applying what’s useful for the problem you are trying to solve.  Rather than presentinga list of ideas from one source and then a list from another, create your own single integrated list/framework/answer that draws on and makes sense of the various sources you have consulted.  If an article or video makes a point you disagree with or don’t understand, don’t use that point in your answer.


Be sure to list the sources you consulted at the end of your paper, be they articles, web pages, or videos.  You have your choice of standard referencing formats (see for more advice).  It doesn’t have to be fancy, merely informative as to source.  IF YOU USE A DIRECT QUOTE, YOU MUST MAKE CLEAR THE EXACT SOURCE OF THAT QUOTE.  Try to avoid quotes for the most part – put things in your own words to clearly explain to your boss what he or she needs to know about your topic.  You’ll understand better if you’ve put things into your own words.  Also note that Safeassign checks for plagiarism – another incentive to use your own words.



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