Workshops & drop-in sessions

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.

View all Library training programs for the current month:

eBooks: an introduction

These free on-campus and online sessions will show you how use eBooks for your studies and assignments. You'll learn:

  • how to find eBooks through the search box on the Library homepage
  • how to borrow, download and print eBooks
  • where to find help.

Read more about eBooks: an introduction.

Campus session times

Tuesday 1 August 2017
Wednesday 2 August 2017
Thursday 3 August 2017
Tuesday 8 August 2017
Thursday 10 August 2017

Register for eBooks: an introduction on campus.

Online session times

If you are off campus, register for eBooks: an introduction online.

Monday 31 July, 2.30pm-3.00pm
Wednesday 9 August, 10.30am-11.00am

Law Student Essentials

On campus and online classes for Law students.

Secondary sources: Finding books and journal articles, and using legal dictionaries and encyclopaedias

Where: City Queen Campus (PC Lab RO3.02) 
When: 3 & 17 August

Where: online
When: one session on 31 July, and various sessions available in August and September

Case law: Deciphering case citations, using case citators, finding case digests

Where: City Queen Campus (PC Lab RO3.02)
When: 10 August

Where: online
When: various sessions available throughout August and September

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

Where: City Queen Campus (PC Lab RO3.02)
When: 24 August

Where: online
When: various sessions available throughout August and September

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

Library support for students

Arts & Education drop-in sessions

The College of Arts & Education Librarian and an Academic Support & Development Lecturer will meet students at Footscray Park campus to help with:

  • finding the right information for their assignments
  • planning and structuring their essay or report
  • using library resources
  • academic writing
  • referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • giving oral presentations
  • study skills.

When: Every Tuesday during semester, from 25 July to 17 October, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Building P, Level 1, Footscray Park

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

  • finding the right information for their assignments
  • using library resources
  • referencing and avoiding plagiarism.

When: Every Wednesday during semester, from 26 July to 18 October, 12pm – 1pm
Where: St Albans Library (ask for drop-in sessions at the Library desk)

Sport & Exercise Science drop-in & online sessions

The Sport & Exercise Science Librarian will be available every Wednesday during semester (starting Wednesday 2 August), to help students with:

  • reference
  • finding and evaluating library resources for your assignment
  • using Library Search & Databases.

When: Every Wednesday (during semester), 12.30pm – 1.30pm, starting 2 August.
Where: Area opposite Lift 2, Level 1, Building P, Level 1, Footscray Park campus. No need to book; just drop in.
Off campus: Book an online session.

Engineering & Science drop-in & online sessions

Engineering Librarians, Academic Support & Development Lecturers and Engineering Lecturers can help all Engineering, Science and IT students with:

  • library research & referencing
  • writing
  • giving an oral presentation
  • maths & engineering fundamentals.

When: Every Monday (during semester) 31 July to 16 October, 2pm - 3pm
WhereOn campus, outside D450, Building D, Footscray Park. Appointments are not needed, just drop in.

WhenEvery Thursday (during semester), from 3 August to 19 October, 2pm - 3pm
WhereOff campus, Book an online session


Health & Biomedicine drop-in sessions

The Health & Biomedicine Librarian will be available every Tuesday during semester (starting 14 March), to help students with:

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

When: Every Tuesday during semester from 25 July to 24 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.

Business 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 starting Wednesday 26 July, 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, starting Thursday 27 July, 1pm - 3pm, Level 9, Student Hub.

Librarian help at Werribee Library

A librarian is available to assist all Werribee students (TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate) with:

  • database searching
  • accessing articles
  • referencing
  • any other information research skills.

When: Every Tuesday during semester (until 19 December 2017), 9.30am – 5pm
Where: Werribee Library service desk or by phoning +61 3 9919 8250

Workshops for Honours and Masters students

Beginners Endnote

An introductory session for students with a research component to their study and who need to organise and manage information using bibliographic software.

Learn how to build an Endnote library and create bibliographies.

Register for a session.

When: Tuesday April 4 2017 (1pm-3.30pm)
Where: City Flinders Library

When: Wednesday 22 March 2017 (10am-12.30pm) and Tuesday 4 July 2017 (2pm-4.30pm)
Where: Footscray Park Library

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)