Early Career Researcher Support

A platform for all your Early Career Research needs.

The Research Cycle

Research is dynamic. Applying the The Research Cycle to your work, allows you to focus the task ahead, while also on actively revising and rethinking the research questions throughout your research process.

Plan: Map out the various dimensions of your research, how will you tackle them?

Identify: Consider what possible resources you might use e.g. primary/secondary sources, journal articles, legislative websites, newspaper articles.

Locate: Find these resources or seek library help to locate them. Apply a search strategy.
When planning your search strategy its important to:

  • Read and understand the context around your research question
  • Identify key concepts, themes and keywords/synonyms
  • Think about scope and currency
  • Record your search strategies to avoid duplicate searches.

Evaluate:  Consider these resources critically. Are there any gaps?

Document: Make note of the bibliographic details of the resources you have found.




Library basics

Having trouble getting started with an assignment? Would you like to be able to locate, retrieve and organize information with ease? Looking for research assistance? The Ask a Librarian service is available to all students and staff of CQUniversity.

Finding and requesting items:

Library guides:
To find high quality reference materials to assist with your research or for your specific discipline, a great starting place is your school's Subject Library Guides

Setting up alerts

Setting up alerts will keep you abreast of all of the latest developments in your research.

Google alerts

Setting up a Google or Google Scholar alert using your own name will inform you of any mentions of your research and how it is being engaged with.

Funding & Conference alerts:

Research Professional is a search tool which can find and alert you of funding opportunities, conferences and news articles that interest you.


Grant connect



Copyright is a type of intellectual property law that protects a person’s creative skills and labour. It is designed to prevent the unauthorised use by others of a "work" – that is, the original form in which an idea or information has been expressed by the creator.

Copyright is automatic in Australia and there is no registration process involved.

Copyright law also supports a balance for users of copyright materials, by allowing a certain amount of use for certain purposes, such as "fair dealing for research or study".

For more information visit the Australian Copyright Council or see below.