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 short 20-minute sessions to one-hour information sessions or two-hour hands-on workshops.

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Law Student Essentials

Online classes for Law students.

Secondary sources

Finding books and journal articles, and using legal dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Online sessions: Sessions are available from 7 March - 13 May.

Register to attend online Law Student Essentials – Secondary sources.

Case law

Deciphering case citations, using case citators, finding case digests.

Online sessions: Sessions are available from 14 March - 9 May.

Register to attend online Law Student Essentials – Case law.

Legislation

Learn how to find up-to-date legislation quickly and easily.

Online sessions: Sessions are available from 21 March - 11 May.

Register to attend online Law Student Essentials – Legislation.

AGLC referencing

Avoiding plagiarism and creating footnotes and bibliographies that comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC).

Online sessions: Sessions are available from 7 April - 12 May.

Register to attend online Law Student Essentials – AGLC referencing.

College-specific support

Pop up Library and The Business of Learning

A librarian and a lecturer from Academic Support & Development are available to assist all students in the College of Business with:

  • Finding resources using the Library catalogue and databases
  • Evaluating the information you find
  • Planning a business essay, report or assignment
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Building your academic language skills
  • Managing your study time at university
  • Reading business texts
  • Giving spoken presentations

No appointment needed; simply drop in as often as you need.

Footscray Park campus

Every Wednesday, during semester, 1pm - 3pm, Building G, Room 316.
Look out for special café sessions. Some sessions will be held in Building P, Level 1, within the café area.

City Flinders campus

Every Thursday, during semester, 12pm - 2pm, Level 9.

Engineering & Science drop-in sessions

Engineering & Science Librarians and Academic Support & Development Lecturers will be available to help engineering and science students with assignments, finding and evaluating library resources, using Library Search, referencing guides and databases:

  • Planning and structuring your report or essay
  • Paraphrasing, referencing and writing
  • Giving an oral presentation
  • Understanding maths concepts and theories
  • Understanding engineering fundamentals

When: Mondays (except public holidays), 11am - 1pm. Appointments are not needed, just drop in.
Where: The area adjacent to D450, Building D, Footscray Park.

Arts drop-in sessions

A librarian will be available at Footscray Nicholson Library, every Tuesday, to help students of the College of Arts with:

  • Using: Library Search & Databases
  • Finding and evaluating library resources for your assignment
  • Referencing – any queries about using the correct referencing style for assignments
  • Help with exam preparation

For: All Arts students – VE/FE students, undergraduate students & postgraduate students
When: Every Tuesday, 12.30pm - 2pm. Appointments are not needed, just drop in.
Where: Footscray Nicholson Library. Ask for the drop-in session at the library desk.

Education drop-in sessions

The College of Education Librarian and an Academic Support & Development Lecturer will meet students to help with:

  • Finding the right information for their assessments
  • Planning and structuring their essay or report
  • Using library resources
  • Academic writing
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Giving spoken presentations
  • Study skills

When: Tuesdays, 12pm - 1pm. Appointments are not needed, just drop in.
Where: Building P, Level 1, Footscray Park.

Health & Biomedicine drop-in sessions

The Health & Biomedicine Librarian will be available, every Tuesday during semester, to help students with:

  • Referencing
  • Finding and evaluating library resources for your assignment
  • Using Library Search & Databases.

When: Tuesdays during semester, 12.30pm - 2pm. No need to book – just drop in.
Where: St Albans Campus Library. Ask for the drop-in session at the library desk.

Researcher development

Library staff contribute to the Researcher Development Program by delivering sessions on topics such as using Endnote, using research database & research tools, getting your research published and measuring research impact.

The sessions listed below are open for registration.

If the session you are interested in is not listed or you would like the Library to run additional sessions for a specific audience contact the Cameron Barrie (Research Librarian) cameron.barrie@vu.edu.au.

Beginners' Endnote

An introductory session on how to organise and manage information using bibliographic software Endnote:

  • create and build an Endnote library
  • import citation information from catalogues and databases into an EndNote library
  • choose appropriate referencing or bibliographic style
  • insert references into a Word document to create bibliographies.

When and where: Sessions are available from 29 April - 21 July at City Flinders, Footscray Park, Werribee & St Albans campus libraries.

Register to attend Beginners' Endnote.

Scholarly Publishing: The changing landscape

This session is for early career researchers and higher degree research students.

If you’re planning to publish or you’ve already published, find out how research quality is measured so that you can develop strategies for where to publish. Learn how to identify highly cited journals and understand copyright issues and the benefits of open access publishing.

When and where: Wednesday 18 May, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Footscray Park Library Training Room (room P307).

Register to attend Scholarly Publishing: The changing landscape.

Library research overview

The discipline-focused workshops are for both new and continuing Higher Degree Research students, and research staff. They will focus on:

  • Locating discipline specific research materials for your research project
  • Using strategies to keep up to date with new literature in your research field
  • Scoping out the literature on a particular topic, and where to start
  • Library services including key contacts and tools.

The following disciplined focused workshops are offered for:

College of Arts
When: Wednesday 11 May, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Footscray Park Library Training Room (Room P213)

College of Education
When: Wednesday 11 May, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Footscray Park Library Training Room (Room P213)

College of Health & Biomedicine
When: Wednesday 18 May, 10am - 11.30am
Where: St Albans Library Tutorial Room (Room 7.201M)

Register to attend Library research overview.

Research Ambassadors’ mini-workshops

Research Ambassadors run one-hour workshops throughout the year on a range of different research topics.

Introduction to NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis

At this mini-workshop, a Research Ambassador will introduce the features of NVivo and provide peer-to-peer support to research students who are not familiar with NVivo. The Research Ambassador will show how to:

  • Start a new project with NVivo
  • Code data
  • Organise large number of data into node and sub-nodes
  • Create queries.

When and where: Thursday 12 May, 11am - 12pm, City Flinders Library Training Room.

Register to attend Introduction to NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis.

Introductory Qualtrics

This mini-workshop is for research students who have little or no experience with Qualtrics. A Research Ambassador will provide one-on-one assistance to help students create, distribute, and view results for their first survey.

When and where: Thursday 19 May, 11am - 12pm, City Flinders Library Training Room.

Register to attend Introductory Qualtrics.