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At The Gordon, it is essential to use information to support your work as it is an essential part of your research assessments and own professional practice. Here are some tips for effectively using information to support your work:

  • Identify the type information you need: This may include data, statistics, research findings, and other relevant information.
  • Search for reliable sources: Look for reliable sources of information such as academic journals, books, and credible websites that provide accurate and up-to-date information. Be sure to evaluate the credibility of the sources you find to ensure their trustworthiness. 
  • Analyse and evaluate the information: Review the information you find to determine its relevance, accuracy, and reliability. Look for patterns and themes that emerge across your sources and use this information to develop your arguments.
  • Take notes: As you gather information, take notes to keep track of the sources you are using and to help you organise your ideas. Be sure to record all the relevant details for each source, including the author, title, publication date, and page numbers. This will save you the trouble of having to find them (and potentially losing them) later on. 
  • Organise your information: Organise the evidence you find in a way that makes sense for your argument. This may include creating an outline, summarising key points, or creating a reference list. 
  • Use the gathered information to support your work: Compiling and writing your assessment is the final step. By incorporating relevant statistics, citing sources, or using research findings you can build you contention/argument. Remember to keep direct quotes to a minimum and paraphrase as much as possible (this shows you understand the source well enough to write it in your own words). Also, be sure to cite your sources properly using the correct referencing style (Deakin Harvard) to avoid plagiarism. 
  • Use language effectively: When writing, use language that is clear, concise, and persuasive to make your arguments stronger. Avoid using jargon or overly technical language that may confuse your readers.
  • Revise and refine your work: After you have finished writing your assignment, be sure to revise and refine your work to ensure that it is clear, concise, and well-supported. Make sure that your ideas are properly integrated into your work.


Watch the following clip for some tips on how to build strong arguments in your writing. 

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