Training programs

The Library offers a number of programs throughout the year to assist students in developing research skills and to use the full range of information resources available at Victoria University Library. The programs range from one-hour information sessions to two-hours hands-on workshops.

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Researcher training

Endnote: Beginners

An introductory session for those who need to organise and manage information using bibliographic software. Covers the basics of building an Endnote library and creating bibliographies.

When & where: Sessions are available from 16 February - 21 May at City Flinders, Footscray Park, Werribee & St Albans campus Libraries.

Register to attend Endnote: Beginners

Drop in sessions

Explore Compendex engineering database

For engineering staff and research students – general overview of Compendex database (covers all engineering disciplines, over 8 million records) and tips for effective searching. Bookings are not required. Just drop in.


Monday 16 February 10.30am – 11am

Thursday 19 February 10.30am – 11am

Tuesday 24 February 12.30pm – 1pm

Where: All session will be held at Footscray Park Campus, Building D, Room D441

Get help from College Librarians at Werribee Library

Every Thursday (9.30am-4.30pm), a librarian from one of the following Colleges will be available at Werribee Library to assist students with finding information:

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering & Science
  • College of Health & Biomedicine

The librarians will provide assistance with:

  • database searching
  • accessing articles
  • referencing
  • any other information research skills.

The librarians will be available at the service desk in person or by phone on 9919 8250.

Assignment help

Creating a list of references with RefWorks

For students interested in seeing how to use the RefWorks software to create a list at the end of their assignments.

When & where:

Monday 2 March 2.30pm – 3.30pm City Flinders Library Training Room

Tuesday 3 March  2pm – 2.40pm Footscray Park Library Training Room (P212)

Thursday 5 March 3.15pm – 3.55pm Footscray Park Library Training Room (P212)

Tuesday 10 March 12.00pm – 1.00pm City Flinders Library Training Room

Register to attend Creating a list of references with RefWorks

Accessing online resources

E-books: an introduction

An information session on:

  • finding e-books through the search box on the Library home page
  • borrowing, downloading and printing e-books
  • help and support available.

Short sessions are available from 3 – 19 March at Footscray Park & Werribee  campus libraries.

Register to attend E-books introduction session.

Law Student Essentials

Law Student Essentials workshops focus on developing the necessary research skills to find case law, legislation and secondary sources.

Case law

Learn how to decipher case citations and find out why case citators are the most commonly used legal databases. Find summaries of cases (case digests) and cases in hard copy and online.

When and where:

Monday 2 March to Friday 6 March at City Queen campus (LAW PC LAB 3.02). Check the calendar for session times.

Wednesday 4 March, 10.00am-11.00am or 11.00am-12.00pm, Footscray Park Library, Training Room (P307).

Register to attend Case law 


Find up-to-date legislation quickly and easily, and identify types of legislation – lifecycles. (Is it up-to-date? Is it in force? How can you be sure?)

Learn how to recognise purpose, context & mischief – second reading speeches, explanatory memoranda and more.

When and where:

Monday 9 March to Friday 13 March, City Queen campus, (LAW PC LAB 3.02). Check the calendar for session times.

Wednesday 11 March, 10.00am-11.00am or 11.00am-12.00pm, Footscray Park Library, Training Room (P307).

Register to attend Legislation

Secondary sources

Find books and journal articles, and use legal encyclopaedias quickly and effectively. Learn how to make full use of legal dictionaries and go beyond definitions, and use legal encyclopaedias and legal journals.

When and where:

Monday 16 March to Friday 20 March, City Queen campus, (LAW PC LAB 3.02). Check the calendar for session times.

Wednesday 18 March, 10.00am-11.00am or 11.00am-12.00pm, Footscray Park Library, Training Room (P307).

Register to attend Secondary sources