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Extended Investigation (VCE): Home

Here at our MHS library the Teacher Librarians are trained in expert research skills. Anytime you need help with research resources please come in and ask for our guidance. We will always have a friendly smile for you and put aside time to assist in your studies.

On our Canvas Page we have a wide variety of resources.

Finding your Question: The thrill of curiousity....The WHY question!!

To start your journey in finding a pertinent, robust question, our resources should help. Remember to choose a topic you're interested in.  One in which you can see has a gap in existing knowledge. Your question needs to have depth and meaning whilst aiming to fill this gap with your research discoveries. It's good to begin your research for the question by reading a range of resources including newspaper articles or an articles in a journal. Then refining your topic by using our Databases such as EBSCO and Gale. Ebsco is streamlined by using search terms. Advanced option is better.

Remember to select 'Advanced search' 'full text' and 'peer review' for the best search.

We have a huge array of  current specialist journals in the front area of our library, covering Science, Psychology, Geography, Health and Sport.

At MHS we provide wide range access to a number of comprehensive News Outlets from print media through to Online Television networks such as ABC and  SBS.

 Click here to access the replica of The Age Newspaper, including search options dating from 2006. 

The MHS library also has The Herald Sun and The Australian delivered daily and available for reading to all our community. Some further newspapers are available on our Database ECHO.   (Links to an external site.)

On ECHO home page click on the Subscriber panel.

Explore ECHO links to a number of News Sources online which includes The Jakarta Post (Indonesia). Some papers require further subscriptions but some are also free on this site. In looking for a research question topic The Conversation is a good site to review. (Links to an external site. It offers news dated from today and as far back as 1994. 

ECHO also provides:

Special VCE file: (Links to an external site.)Covering issues from Sept 2019 - June 2020. 

Contemporary issue analyses:  (Links to an external site.)Covering issues from 2019 - present day.

The State Library of Victoria is an extremely comprehensive curator with a large amount and scope of digital resources offered.  With an enormous budget they are able to have larger versions of EBSCO and GALE than schools, and hundreds of other databases to assist you. Just click on the 'Search and Discover' option to reach the databases.  Join up ASAP. You can do this online by clicking here.

One of the most comprehensive Databases in SLV is ProQuest. You will find it very useful. 

The National Library of Australia, TROVE, is also excellent. Join up, it's free and only takes a minute. Find and get Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more. Get a library card now. 

Your Research Question.

Devising a research question that requires a detailed inquiry and that is of significance. How and Why?

Two important strategies: 

1. PICO strategy: Population, Intervention, Control and Outcomes. 

Assessing the research question using:

2. FINER strategy: Feasible, Interesting, Novel, Ethical and Relevant.