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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eBooks

eBooks: an introduction

This introductory information session will cover:

  • finding eBooks through the search box on the Library home page
  • borrowing, downloading & printing eBooks
  • where to find help.

City Flinders campus

Where: City Flinders Library Training Room
When: Friday 12 August and Monday 15 August

Footscray Park campus

Where: Footscray Park Library Tutorial Room (P202)
When: Monday 8 August – Friday 19 August

Footscray Nicholson campus

Where: Footscray Nicholson Library Training Room (Room T235)
When: Monday 8 Aug – Thursday 18 August

St Albans campus

Where: St Albans Library Tutorial Room 7.201M
When: Monday 8 August – Friday 19 August

Sunshine campus

Where: Sunshine Library (Room W3012 within the library)
When: Wednesday 17 August

Werribee campus

Where: Werribee Library Tutorial Room 1A08b
When: Tuesday 16 August

Register to attend eBooks: an introduction.

Law Student Essentials

On campus and online classes for Law students.

Secondary sources

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

On campus sessions

Where: City Queen campus (PC Lab RO3.02) or Footscray Park Library Training Room (Room P302).

When: Monday 1 August – Tuesday 2 August.

Register to attend on campus sessions Law Student Essentials – Secondary sources.

Online sessions

When: Aug (4, 12, 19 & 22) and Sep (1, 7, 12 & 22).

Register to attend online Law Student Essentials -Secondary sources.

Case law

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

On campus sessions

Where: City Queen campus (PC Lab RO3.02) or Footscray Park Library Training Room (Room P302).

When: Monday 8 August – Tuesday 9 August.

Register to attend on campus sessions Law Student Essentials – Case law.

Online sessions

When: Aug (3, 11 & 24) and Sep (2, 5, 14 & 23).

Register to attend online Law Student Essentials – Case law.

Legislation

Finding legislation: types of legislation – lifecycles, second reading speeches, explanatory memoranda, etc.

On campus sessions

Where: City Queen campus (PC Lab RO3.02) or Footscray Park Library Training Room (Room P302).

When: Monday 15 August – Tuesday 16 August.

Register to attend on campus sessions Law Student Essentials – Legislation.

Online sessions

When: Aug (18, 26 & 30) and Sep (8, 16 & 20).

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: Aug (5, 10, 17, 23, 25, 29 & 31) and Sep (6, 9, 13, 15, 19 & 21).

Register to attend online Law Student Essentials – AGLC referencing.

College-specific support

Arts drop-in sessions

A librarian and a lecturer from Academic Support & Development will be available to help students of the College of Arts with:

  • understanding their assignment questions
  • planning their research and writing for assignments
  • academic writing and study skills
  • finding resources using the library catalogue and databases
  • selecting and evaluating library resources for their assignments
  • referencing – any queries about using the correct referencing style for assignments

For: All Arts students – TAFE (VE/FE), undergraduate & postgraduate students

When: Every Tuesday (from 2 August to 25 October), 1.00pm – 3.00pm.
Where: Footscray Nicholson Library and Learning Commons, Room T312.

When: Every Thursday (from 4 August to 27 October), 1.00pm – 3.00pm.
Where: Footscray Park Learning Commons, Building P, Level 1 (café area near the bottom of the stairs)

Education drop-in sessions

The College of Education Librarian and an Academic Support & Development Lecturer will meet students at Footscray Park campus 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: Every Tuesday during semester (from 26 July to 18 October), 12pm – 1pm. Appointments are not needed, just drop in.
Where: Building P, Level 1, Footscray Park.

The College of Education Librarian will also meet students at St Albans campus to help with:

  • Finding the right information for their assessments
  • Using library resources
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

When: Every Wednesday, during semester (from 27 July to 19 October), 12pm – 1.30pm. Appointments are not needed, just drop in.
Where: St Albans Campus Library. Ask for the drop-in session at the library desk.

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: Every Monday during semester (from 1 August to 24 October), 10am – 12pm. Appointments are not needed, just drop in.
Where: The area adjacent to D450, Building D, 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: Every Tuesday during semester (from 26 July to 25 October), 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.

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.

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 two mini-workshops, 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
  • import data to NVivo
  • code data
  • assign attributes

In the second workshop, the Research Ambassador will show how to:

  • run queries
  • visualise data.

When and where: Thursday 2 and 9 June, 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.

Regression using SPSS

In this mini-workshop, a Research Ambassador will look at regression analysis using basic checks and options available in SPSS and provide insights about important aspects in regression procedure and how to take them into account.

Topics include:

  • Regression Analysis in SPSS
  • Linear and Curvilinear Regression
  • Simple & Multiple Regression
  • Regression methods.

When and where: Monday 16 May 2016, 11am - 12pm, Footscray Park campus Library, Room P307.

Register to attend Regression using SPSS.