Library tutorials

With our online tutorials, you can learn, in your own time, how to find information and make the most of the Library.

General information-finding skills

Learn how to

  • understand the information search process,
  • choose appropriate information resources for your research,
  • search and critically evaluate information resources,
  • cite references using standard referencing styles.

(This tutorial was previously called iSearch)

Research skills for HDR candidates

Find out what is literature review, the reasons for doing it and how to find different types of information using Library resources.

Learn how to create a maintain a number of researcher profiles.

Find out about the criteria and tools that can help you decide where to publish.

'How to...' guides

A self-paced guide to finding books and e-books in the Library. Learn how to

  • recognise books on your reading list
  • find a book by title or by topic
  • get useful search results
  • limit LibrarySearch results to books
  • locate a book on the shelf in the Library
  • access e-books

A self-paced guide to finding journal articles. You will learn

  • what is a scholarly source
  • how to identify a journal article
  • how to find journal articles using LibrarySearch

A self-paced guide to referencing. You will learn

  • why referencing is important
  • how to find the appropriate details to reference a book
  • how you can manage your references
  • the difference between quoting and paraphrasing
  • where to look for help with referencing

A self-paced guide to getting items from other libraries. You will learn

  • how to place holds
  • how to borrow from other university libraries
  • about CAVAL Borrow
  • about Document Delivery Services


Covers scholarly skills for students undertaking research in education, including Higher Degrees students.

Global, Urban and Social Studies

This tutorial will help you decide where to search for resources relating to your case study, how to locate the information you need and where to get help.

Science, Engineering and Health

This tutorial is for Honours and Masters by Coursework students in the School of Science. It is a compulsory module of

  • ONPS 2412 Physical Science Research Methods,
  • BIOL 1070 Postgraduate Research Methods (Bundoora campus)
  • BIOL 2411 Postgraduate Research Methods (City campus)

This tutorial is for Masters by Research and PhD students in the College of Science, Engineering and Health. This is a compulsory module of OENG1085 Research Methods.

Learn about referencing, why it is important, and how to apply in-text references and construct a Reference List, using a required Referencing Style. Examples are provided for the APA referencing styles.

RMIT English Worldwide (REW)

Covers the starting points for finding information on research topics for RMIT English Worldwide.

Library videos

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