To support your learning, teaching or research, browse VU Library’s virtual bookshelf for the latest books and A-Z Databases for newly acquired databases.

Virtual bookshelf

For easy access to VU Library’s latest books, check new books on our books webpage. Browse the virtual bookshelf displaying e-books recently purchased by VU Library and click on an e-book to check its availability.

The virtual bookshelf will be updated regularly to display our latest acquisitions.

Using e-books

When using VU Library e-books purchased from a number of different companies, you will encounter some difference between how e-books are borrowed, downloaded, printed, read off-line and transferred between devices. Loan periods vary between one and seven days.

Refer to the E-books guide for information and ‘how-to’ videos.

A-Z Databases

If what you are looking for is not on our virtual bookshelf, you can search through our A-Z Databases which provide access to over 400 databases covering a huge range of disciplines and subjects.

Search A-Z Databases individually or browse by subject.

Newly acquired databases include:

One database on trial is PsycTHERAPY, a streaming video database with more than 500 videos featuring unscripted, authentic therapy sessions. When accessing PsycTHERAPY, the webpage will display a search box - enter the term 'Psychotherapy' to view a list of videos. PsycTHERAPY is available for a month and is being evaluated for future subscription.

There are also Open Access databases such as:

  • AsianLII  (Asian Legal Information Institute) - free access website for legal information from all 27 countries and territories in Asia.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals - free open access scholarly journals in various disciplines.
  • Open Humanities Press - an international open access publishing collective in critical and cultural theory.
  • WDI Online (World Development Indicators) - World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development.

See library guide Finding Resources: Journal Articles for a short video on how to find a journal article on a library database. You can view, download and print articles found through VU Library to assist you with your work.

Finding resources in your discipline

There are various ways to learn how to find resources:

  • Academic Inquiry workshops offered online in various disciplines for first year students. Bookings are available via Learning Hub online.
  • Research and referencing online drop-ins for all students, Monday-Friday, 12.30pm-1.30pm, via Zoom within the VU Collaborate Learning Hub, Zoom Classroom section.
  • Ask a Law Librarian for tips on how to search for law and criminology resources more effectively and reference them correctly.
  • Zoom meetings with health & biomedical librarians, Monday-Thursday, by appointment. Email [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], indicating preferred time/day of appointment.
  • Library online training – see Introducing research skills, and select the interactive module for your discipline.