Year 8 - Australian & Asian Pacific Environment Comparison
A collection of South East Asian flags

Welcome Year 8 students to this Asian Pacific Environment pathfinder where you will be guided to resources within the library and online to direct you in the research, writing and creation of your assessment task. Make sure you continually check your and to ensure you understand exactly what it is you need to do. Remember to use a variety of information sources within your work.

Then refer to the Information Skills Research Model and follow the six steps outlined to plan, research, use and evaluate in the completion of this task.

Graphic Organisers

Comparison Chart -

This graphic organiser will help you to organise the data you find to compare the similarities and differences between countries.

Data Grid -

A data grid is a simple way to make sure you look for and find the information you need.
Simply create a table, list the questions or information you require in the boxes in each of the boxes across the top of the table.
Down the left hand side, write the source of the information (you can use this for your bibliography preparation too).

When you are researching your topic make sure you are organising your notes with this note-taking template from Making A Difference.


At OLMC students are advised to use the Harvard or Author-Date system of referencing. The Harvard System has two parts - In-text references and End-text references. In Year 8, students are expected to use End-text referencing at the end of their assignment to show all the references used to prepare the work. Students should construct a simple, alphabetical bibliography that includes all sources used; print, non-print (websites), maps, pictures, tables, graphics, cartoons. Refer carefully to the
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OLMC Style Guide Years 7 - 9.doc for help in preparing your bibliography.

Locating Information
You will find relevant information for your assignment by using the OPAC (library catalogue) where you can find books, websites and Clickview recordings, use the Index to World Book Encyclopedia or the People and Places Encyclopedia (Reference Collection) and search engines (for example Google). You could try using the following keywords to hlep you find the information you require.
If you use multiple key words you will get more specific information eg.
  • Name of country geography
  • Name of country weather
  • Name of country vegetation

You can browsing the shelves according to the following Dewey numbers:
  • 900s - Geography books about counties
  • 914.4 - Geography of Australia
  • 912 - Atlases are useful for informaiton about countires, particularly the climate, weather and geographical features.

Websites & Searching tools


Search the ABC News website for reliable and accurate information.

ipl2 is an information portal maintained by librarians and educators


Organises search results chronologically. It allows users to view news and other data sources on a browsable, graphical timeline .. historical news, scanned newspapers and magazines ...

Google search tips
  • Google assumes you have put the word AND between your search words so you don't need to!
  • Write down the key words you use so that you keep track of the searching you have done and don't repeat yourself
  • In Google you can also use the operator filetype: if you want to find particular types of files, such as pdf, ppt, mpg
  • Add the word podcast to your search string (list of search words) if that is the type of thing you are after.
  • Google images is good for finding maps as well as pictures. Use Google Advanced Search to specify what type of image you want to find, eg map
  • Add the search term ".gov" to your search and you will get hits for websites from government departments. These may be more authoratitive and less commercial

CIA factbook - for general information about countries - demography, economics, climate, etc

AUSAID - useful for information about developing countries and Australia's relationships in the Pacific

**Countries** of **Asia**The countries of Asia.:

**Asia** -- National Geographic All Asian Countries. Afghanistan · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Bahrain · Bangladesh · Bhutan · Brunei · Cambodia · China · Georgia · India · Indonesia · Iran ...

The Official Website of the Association of Southeast **Asian** Nations

United Nations - Country at a glance. This looks at development programs and issues facing the Pacific Region countries.
14 Mar 2011 ... Official site of the 10 member organization includes economic and business information as well as historical documents.

**Southeast Asia** travel guide - Wikitravel
The main international gateways to Southeast Asia are Bangkok (Thailand) and Singapore, with Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in third place and Ho Chi Minh City ...

Lonely Planet guides for the Pacific

Australian Bureau of Statistics - you can access Census data for Melbourne and statistics on just about everything to do with Australia.

Podcasts and Videorecordings

Using the same search terms you used for the OPAC or Google, you can also look for programs such as Foreign Correspondent.
The ABC and SBS websites have many podcasts and vodcasts available for you to watch and listen to. Again, look up programs such as Asia-Pacific or Foreign Correspondent. You would be best to use these once you have gathered basic information and have some knowledge of the country as the programs will tend to be more specific and focussed on a particular topic about that country.


Glogster is an interactive multimedia presentation tool. Think of it like an online poster where you can include images, text, video, sound, backgrounds and animation.

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