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This guide will help DSM students find and evaluate key resources needed to successfully complete their assessments



This guide is for students enrolled in Digital and Social Media. It will help you develop the core skills needed to find, evaluate, and reference information in your assessments.

In this guide you will:

  • Find key resources for Digital and Social Media
  • Plan a search to find information
  • Find referencing resources

Key resources for Digital & Social Media




Resource types


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Useful for providing an overview of a topic or issue. Contains background information and context and is very useful as a starting point for research - especially if you are new to a topic!

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Journal Articles

Contains the latest research on very specific topics and often contains in-depth analysis. Journal articles are published more quickly than books so can be used to find more up to date information.


Images encompass a wide range of different types, including artwork, photographs, building plans & graphs. Different styles of images include stock images, artefacts, exhibits, infographics and more. 


Includes broadcasts, editorials and newspaper articles. News sources are a useful source of information for recent or current events or issues, as they and published very quickly (often daily). News sources also provide different perspectives on issues and events. 


Depending on your course, major or specialty, this could include creative works (e.g. films, music, audio tracks) or non-creative works (e.g. news broadcasts, online tutorials, animations or visualisations).

Grey Literature

The term grey literature refers to published and unpublished research, such as reports, government documents, and presentations which you can find simply through Google!
Check out the Grey Literature guide for more information.


Often contain specific information about a particular issue, event, industry area, region, trend or market. Most reports are written by or for governments, organisation or industry areas.