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.
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.
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:
- AccessPhysiotherapy - physical therapy textbooks, procedure and exercise videos, image galleries, self-assessment tools, and a unique cadaver dissection tool – optimised for viewing on any device.
- Australian Standards on i2i - complete collection of current Australian Standards. See Finding Resources: Australian Standards for step-by-step instructions on how to access the Australian Standards on i2i platform.
- ScienceDirect Textbooks Collections - textbooks on Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Sustainable Development Goals Online - a searchable online library of thousands of articles, book chapters, presentations, videos and lesson plans about the 17 SDGs.
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.