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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Assignment help

Creating a list of references with RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based referencing tool that is easy to use and more suited to undergraduate students.

This introductory session to the new RefWorks 2.0 interface is for students interested in seeing how to use Refworks referencing software in their work and existing RefWorks users wishing to move to the new interface.

The session will cover:

  • the new interface
  • organising and managing your references
  • creating a reference list

Sessions are available from 14 July - 28 July at City Flinders and Footscray Park campus libraries.

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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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Accessing online resources

E-books: An introduction

Information sessions on how to access VU library e-books including: 

  • Finding e-books through the search box on the Library home page 
  • E-book borrowing, downloading, printing 
  • Where to find help

Sessions are available from 23 July - 13 August at  Footscray Park, Footscray Nicholson, City Flinders & Werribee campuses.

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Law student essentials: Case law

A practical, hands-on introduction to case law. Case citations – learn how to decipher them. Case citators – find out for yourself why they’re the most commonly used legal databases. Case digests – find summaries of cases Find cases – in hard-copy and online.

Sessions are available from 31 July - 1 August at Queen St Campus.

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Law student essentials: Legislation

Learn how to find up-to-date legislation quickly and easily. Types of legislation – lifecycles. Is it up-to-date? Is it in force? How can you be sure? Purpose, context & mischief- second reading speeches, explanatory memoranda and more.

Sessions are available on Thursday 7 August & Friday 8 August at Queen St campus.

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Law student essentials: Secondary sources

Working through a sample assignment question you will learn how to find books, journal articles and use legal encyclopaedias quickly and effectively. Legal dictionaries - beyond definitions. Legal encyclopaedias - answering questions. Legal journals - getting to the full-text.

Sessions are available on Thursday 14 August & Friday 15 August at Queen St 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 ParkFootscray NicholsonCity FlindersWerribee & St. Albans campuses.

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Qualitative analysis with NVivo

This workshop unpacks the complexity of working with a huge amount of qualitative data. A Research Ambassador will provide peer-to-peer support to introduce the features of NVivo.

This session will be held on Wednesday 06 August, 12:15pm-1:15pm at Footscray Park Library Training Room (Room P307)

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Scholarly publishing: The changing landscape

This session is for early career researchers and higher degree research students interested in understanding the way research quality is measured so you can develop strategies for where to publish. Includes identifying highly cited journals, understanding copyright issues, and the benefits of open access publishing .

Sessions are available on Thursday 7 August & Monday 18 August at City Flinders & Footscray Park.

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Measuring research impact

These hands-on workshops are designed for experienced researchers who need to gather citation data and other measures of research impact. They will be particularly useful for staff who are applying for academic promotion.

Sessions are available on Wednesday 20 August & Tuesday 26 August at City Flinders & Footscray Park.

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