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 include 30-minute sessions, one-hour information sessions, and two-hour hands-on workshops.
Drop-in sessions: all discipline areas & year levels
Drop in and see a librarian to assist you with finding resources for your assignment or information on how to reference, and to develop skills beyond the basics.
Research & referencing drop-ins
Online drop-in sessions are open to all students (TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate) from each discipline area. Sessions are free and no appointment is required.
Connect via Zoom through the VU Collaborate Learning Hub, Zoom Classroom section
See how to:
Drop-in times from 27 July until 20 November are: Monday to Friday, 12.30-1.30pm.
No drop-ins on public holidays:
- AFL Grand Final holiday, Friday 23 October
- Melbourne Cup, Tuesday 3 November.
Note that these online sessions are for VU students only.
Beyond the basics drop-ins
Finding Law resources
Talk with librarians online about the range of resources available in law and criminology from First Year to PhD: case law, legislation, journals, books and more. Get tips on how to search for resources more effectively and reference them correctly.
Connect online: Ask a Law Librarian
Zoom meetings are available Monday to Friday, between 8am and 4pm, by appointment.
Email the law librarians to book an appointment and please state your preferred time/day:
A law librarian will reply with a confirmation of your appointment and a link to the Zoom meeting.
Finding Health & biomedicine resources
Talk with librarians online about the resources available in health and biomedicine from First Year to PhD. Get tips on how to:
- locate sources for your assessment tasks
- plan effective strategies search
- evaluate information
- manage your references.
Connect via Zoom through the VU Collaborate Learning Hub, Zoom Classroom section.
Drop-in online sessions from 6 October to 17 November are: every Tuesday, 11.30am-12.30pm.
These workshops are available through Learning Hubs online (login required) as part of Study Essentials for first-year students.
- Academic Inquiry workshops in all disciplines are offered online until 20 November.
- Academic Integrity workshops, for all students starting or continuing their studies at Victoria University, are being held online August–December 2020.
- Digital Citizenship workshops, for all students starting or continuing their studies at Victoria University, are being held online August-November 2020.
Undergraduate students can also book, through Learning Hubs online, a session about Open Educational Resources, scheduled on 16 October 2020.
Academic Inquiry workshops are part of the Study Essentials suite of workshops designed for first year students to build foundational skills needed to excel in their studies.
In Academic Inquiry online workshops, you will learn how to:
- search for information and identify credible sources to use in an academic setting
- create strategies to locate and use discipline-specific key resources such as scholarly databases, e-books, e-journals and web resources
- apply the concept of academic integrity including referencing
- create your own resource of tips and useful online guides.
Discipline specific workshops are offered online until 20 November:
- Academic Inquiry - Arts & Education
- Academic Inquiry - Building & Architecture
- Academic Inquiry - Business
- Academic Inquiry - Engineering, Science & IT
- Academic Inquiry - Global Environmental Issues
- Academic Inquiry - Health
- Academic Inquiry - Law
- Academic Inquiry - Sports & Exercise Science.
Book a workshop
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The online workshop ‘Get started with Academic Integrity’ is for students starting or continuing their studies at Victoria University. As you access and use resources for your study, it is important to ensure that your academic work complies with VU’s Academic Integrity Policy.
In ‘Get started with Academic Integrity’ workshop, you will learn:
- what academic integrity means at Victoria University
- why it is important to present authentic work and acknowledge the work of others
- how to build academic integrity skills and knowledge with Academic Integrity modules.
This online workshop is offered from August to December.
- 8 August, 9-9.30am
- 11 August, 10.30-11am
- 13 August, 11.30am-12noon
- 14 August, 2-2.30pm
- 14 September, 3-3.30pm
- 15 September, 2-2.30pm
- 17 September, 8.30-9am
- 19 September, 11.30am-12noon
- 12 October, 9-9.30am
- 14 October 9.30-10am
- 15 October, 2.30-3pm
- 16 October, 2-2.30pm
- 10 November, 11-11.30am and 2-2.30pm
- 12 November, 11-11.30am and 2-2.30pm
- 8 December, 3-3.30pm
- 11 December, 11-11.30am
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Digital Citizenship workshops are part of the Study Essentials suite of workshops designed for first year students to build foundational skills needed to excel in their studies.
In the Digital Citizenship workshop, you will:
- consider ‘What does digital citizenship mean to you?’ and respond to the question
- increase your understanding and awareness of how you interact with digital spaces and your current digital footprint
- understand concepts of digital safety and the importance of interacting in digital environments as ethical digital citizens.
This online workshop is offered from August to November.
31 August, 11.30am-12.30pm
3 September, 2pm-3pm
- 5 October, 9.30am-10.30am
- 7 October, 11am-12pm
- 4 November, 11am-12pm
- 6 November, 9am-10am
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To mark International Open Access Week in October, VU Library is offering an online session on how open access can benefit your learning: 'Five questions answered about Open Educational Resources'
This session on Friday 16 October, 11am-11.30am, provides answers to questions about ‘Open Educational Resources’:
- What are they?
- Why should I care?
- What do they cost?
- Where can I find them?
- How do I use them?
Book this session
Researcher development (including Research Ambassador workshops)
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.
Research Ambassadors’ mini-workshops
Research Ambassadors run mini-workshops throughout the year on a range of different research topics. In the mini-workshops, the Research Ambassadors provide peer-to-peer research support to both research students and staff in a range of skill areas including: research design, data analysis, data management, statistical software, Qualtrics, writing, ethics applications and general transition support. These workshops provide a relaxed and informal learning setting.
For more information about these sessions (run by the Library or Research Ambassadors) see the Researcher Development Program calendar.
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) [email protected].