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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Drop-in sessions

Pop up Library for Business students

College of Business Librarians Lou and John can help with finding information using the Library catalogue, databases, e-journals, e-books and online newspaper articles. They can also help with specialist business research including financial tracking, finding Company Reports, looking up Industry Reports, finding information for SWOT analysis.

Wednesdays, 12pm – 2pm, Footscray Park campus, Building G, Room 316
Thursdays, 12pm – 2pm, City Flinders campus, Level 9, Room 918

Drop-in sessions for Engineering research skills

College of Engineering Librarians Gail or Dana is available to help engineering students with researching and finding information for assignments by: using the Library website and catalogue; identifying and using the best database to find relevant journal articles and books; improving referencing skills.

There will be two drop-in sessions each week for engineering research skills starting on Tuesday 9 September until Friday 3 October. There will then be one session per week – Friday 10 October and Tuesday 14 October.

Tuesdays 2pm – 3pm (From Tuesday 9 September, no session on Tuesday 7 October)
Fridays 1pm – 2pm (From Friday 12 September, no session on Friday 17 October)

All sessions are in Footscray Park campus, Building D, Room D441.

Help from College Librarians at Werribee Library

A librarian from either the College of Education, College of Engineering and Science, College of Health and Biomedicine or VET College is available to assist students with finding information (database searching, accessing articles), referencing and other research skills.

Thursdays during opening hours. Werribee Library service desk, or phone 9919 8250,

Drop-in sessions for Health & Biomedicine in the City

College of Health & Biomedicine Librarians (Ben or Ishbel) are available to assist health and biomedicine students and staff with searching and finding information for assignments and research. Librarians can help with using the Library website and catalogue; identifying and using databases and online sources to find relevant journal articles and books; and improving referencing skills.

Tuesdays, 9am – 12pm, City Flinders Campus Library, Level 15.

Assignment help

Finding information (College of Arts)

This session is for students enrolled in College of Arts units or for any student interested in accessing Library resources in the disciplines of Arts and Social Sciences.

This session will cover:

  • how to search the Library for books, e-books
  • how to search for journal articles
  • introduction to Library databases in the Arts and Social Sciences.

Sessions are available from 7 August - 8 October at Footscray Park campus.

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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.

Sessions are available from 29 July - 17 October at Footscray Park, Footscray Nicholson, City Flinders, Werribee & St Albans campuses.

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Introduction to panel data analysis

For research students and staff working with data involving many firms over the same time period.

The research ambassador team will discuss:

  • what panel data analysis is and why it is useful
  • how to handle panel data (introduction to panel regression analysis with pooled regression, fixed effect model and random effect model)
  • how SPSS and Stata can be used to estimate the panel data models

Wednesday 17 September, 4pm – 5pm, City Flinders Campus, Training Room 15.01, 

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Library Research Overview

This session is an introductory session for new Higher Degree Research students and staff. It provides an overview of library services including key contacts and tools to locate journal articles, theses, books and other resources.

Sessions are available from 12 September – 25 September at Footscray Park, City Flinders, Werribee & St. Albans campuses.

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Measuring research impact

This session is designed for experienced researchers who need to gather citation data and other measures of research impact.

Monday 15 September, 1pm - 3pm, City Flinders Library Training Room
Thursday 18 September, 10am - 12pm, Footscray Park Library Training Room (Room P307)

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Open Access presentations

Open Access 101

  • Differences between Green/Gold/Hybrid Open Access
  • Accepted Version vs Publisher Version
  • How to determine green Open Access rules for prominent journals in a given field
  • Where to find information and support; Library staff
  • Sherpa/Romeo, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and other useful places
  • Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) website

Tuesday 21 October, 12.30pm – 1.15pm, Footscray Park Library, Room P412.

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Funder Open Access policies and requirements

  • Overview of Open Access policies worldwide
  • Update on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and/or Australian Research Council (ARC) Open Access policies including requirements for data management and sharing plans in grant application
  • Use of NHMRC and ARC grant money to pay article processing charges (APCs)
  • Government data and publication Open Access policies

Wednesday 22 October, 12.30pm – 1.15pm, Footscray Park, K6 Council Chamber.

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Understanding publisher agreements

  • What agreements usually ask for and permit
  • What is required – license to publish
  • Alternative copyright options – Creative Commons and copyright addenda
  • What is Creative Commons and why to consider it
  • What authors can do about negotiating alternatives; the reality of how successful this approach is
  • Crown Copyright – who is eligible and how it can assist Open Access; Could this be a model for Australian institutions to band together and fix Open Access?

Wednesday 22 October, 1.30pm – 2.15pm, Footscray Park, K6 Council Chamber.

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Changing publishing landscape

  • New Open Access journal publishing models – PeerJ, etc.
  • Hybrid membership models for institutions, what to consider
  • Monographs – open options
  • Open monographs – authors' responses and how they perceive its value

Thursday 23 October, 12.30pm – 1.15pm, Footscray Park Library, Room P412.

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