Library Research Essentials for Undergraduate Students

Most Library research skills programs for undergraduate students are actually embedded within specific subjects as part of all major degrees. However, the Library also offers information sessions for new students prior to the start of semester, and provides a range of online resources to help undergraduate students develop essential library research skills.

Introduction to the Library & searching the literature

Writing your first assignment (2 sessions remaining

University brings new expectations of your researching and writing abilities and style, and this session examines what is expected – just in time for your first assignment!  You will be introduced to the basics of academic style, finding scholarly resources using the library catalogue and Discovery, demonstrating intellectual honesty and writing in a range of genres.  Each session runs for 1 hour.  Students do not need to register for this - just come along!

  • 19/02 @ 10.00am PAR-Old Arts-122 (Public Lecture Theatre - PLT)
  • 21/02 @ 2.00pm PAR-Old Arts-122 (Public Lecture Theatre - PLT)

Managing Your Time and Tasks at Uni (1 session remaining)

Managing your time and tasks is critical for success at University. If you are someone who struggles to balance various commitments and priorities, or tends to leave things to the last minute, then this workshop is for you. At this session, you will gain insights into your own use of time and learn strategies for more effective approaches to time and task management when conducting research with key library resources.   Each session runs for 1 hour.  Students do not need to register for this - just come along!

  • 20/02 @ 11.00am PAR-Peter Hall-G01 (JH Michell Theatre)

Returning to Learning (1 session remaining)

Returning to learning after time away from university is both exciting and challenging. If you feel unfamiliar with current academic expectations, need an update on the latest technology for study, or you would like some tips on time management, academic writing and making the best use of key library resources, then this session is for you. Each session runs for 1 hour.  Students do not need to register for this - just come along!

  • 19/02 @ 2.00pm PAR-Peter Hall-G01 (JH Michell Theatre)

Online guides:

Reference Management

Understanding Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism (3 sessions)

This session explores the what, why, where, when and how of referencing at University. It looks at how to take information from different sources (through using direct quotations, paraphrasing & summarising) and incorporate it into your own work using your own voice. It also shows you how to make use of library resources to manage referencing and citations. Each session runs for 1 hour.  Students do not need to register for this - just come along!

  • 16/02 @ 10.00am PAR-Arts West-B101 (Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre)
  • 20/02 @ 10.00am PAR-Old Arts-122 (Public Lecture Theatre - PLT)
  • 23/02 @ 10.00am PAR-Old Arts-122 (Public Lecture Theatre - PLT)

Watch recordings of library webinars on reference management, on topics such as:

  • Which reference manager: EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero?
  • Zotero for beginners
  • Mendeley for beginners
  • EndNote for beginners
  • EndNote for advanced users

Watch a webinar on EndNote (presented by Thomson Reuters)

Further information can be found at:

Microsoft Office, Adobe & Google Apps

  • Pick It Up Online - online training resource for University of Melbourne students and staff
  • Office 365 - online training resource for University of Melbourne students and staff

How to register

  1. Click the link for the session you are interested in.
  2. Click the 'Register' link to the right of the session date/time and location you prefer.
  3. Log in using your University of Melbourne username and password.

NB: Some sessions are only open to students of a certain level of study or from particular faculties. See session notes for eligibility details.

View your registrations

  1. Log in to your Library Account via the 'Login to your Library borrowing record' link on the library homepage.

Cancel a registration

  1. Log in to your Library Account via the  'Login to your Library borrowing record' link on the Library homepage.
  2. Click the 'Program currently registered' link.
  3. Select the session you wish to cancel, then click the 'Cancel selected items' link.

If you cancel your registration:

  • You can register for another session with the same title, and
  • You will allow people on Waitlists to attend.

Waitlists

Waitlists operate for popular sessions. If you are on a Waitlist, you will automatically receive a place if one becomes available.

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