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Cohort - Online Students: Online Student Support

Online Student Support

Getting Started

Getting Started

When you get your first assignment, look for information on your topic in the Library Catalogue – the Library’s search engine. Remember to log in first, so you can search all collections, place holds, add titles to an eShelf and renew your loans.

 
Your Subject Guide

Subject guides are created by the library staff in collaboration with the program managers and faculty members. They are the easiest way to find whats relevant to what you are studying.

Filled with 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.

Self-help resources

Some great video tutorials on how to get the most out of your library, how to find information, and use resources.

Text information on all aspects of finding information effectively.

 
Research skills

Library and research skills can save you a great deal of time when searching for relevant material.

First, identify the purpose of your research - are you looking for specific information, or reading around a topic more generally? Your starting point should then be the recommended material on your course reading list.

  • Decide what you need to know.
  • Check that the material is current and relevant.
  • Evaluate the source of material.
  • Check the quality of the information - websites and magazines aren't normally peer reviewed, whereas text-books and journals are.
  • What is the purpose of the information?
  • Has it been published for educational purposes, in which case it should be reliable. Be wary of commercial advertising which may be biased.
  • Look for evidence that material is reliable and accurate, such as references which provide evidence of research.

The University Library offers a research skills workshops and one-on-one appointments for both online and face-to-face students. You can book an appointment at your enrolled campus here.


Librarians

Contact a Librarian for research help. The University Library is staffed by friendly information experts, they can help you locate the best resources for your assignments, help you with referencing, introduce you to helpful software and answer any other Library related questions.