Getting started with the Library
Starting at University can be both an exciting and bewildering experience, but at least getting to know your Library is easy with these six tips.
1. Begin with LibrarySearch
When you get your first assignment, look for information on your topic in LibrarySearch – the Library’s search engine. Remember to log in first, so you can search all collections, place holds and add titles to your personal eShelf.
2. Find your subject guide
Library subject guides are like mini-websites listing useful information sources on a variety of topics. They even include sources that are not covered by LibrarySearch. Whatever you are studying, we’ve got a subject guide worth bookmarking.
3. Learn research skills
You can find a lot of information using Google. But do you have the time to sort through thousands of websites in the hope of finding some useful, trustworthy information? Once you learn the basic research skills, you will be able to find scholarly sources with quality information for your assignments.
You’ll not only get better marks, you will also have more time to Google for fun!
4. Ask a Librarian
The Ask a Librarian service is staffed by expert information hunters that can help you locate sources for an assignment or answer other Library questions. Whether you need help on campus or at home, you can chat or email our friendly Librarians.
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5. Get help with assignments
So, you know the topic of your assignment, when it is due and where to look for information – but how do you go about planning it all? That’s what the Assignment Planner is for! Just put in the start and due dates and let the Planner work it all out for you.
6. Visit us
Visit the Library website anytime to read e-journals and e-books, watch the videos, ask for help, book a computer or study room, or learn cool research skills with our tutorials.
Come to your nearest Library site to meet the librarians, browse collections, use computers, printers and copiers, or find study spaces. Take a quick video tour of your Library site:
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