Library

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

  • This free information session will show you:
  • how to find eBooks through the search box on the Library homepage
  • how to borrow, download and print eBooks
  • where to find help.

On-campus sessions

Register for a free session at our campus libraries.

Where: City Flinders Library Training Room
When: Monday 27 February – Wednesday 8 March

Where: Footscray Nicholson Library Training Room (Room T235)
When: Wednesday 22 February – Tuesday 7 March

Where: Footscray Park Library Tutorial Room (P202)
When: Monday 27 February – Thursday 9 March

Where: Sunshine Library
When: Tuesday 7 March

Where: Werribee Library Tutorial (Room 1A08b)
When: Tuesday 28 February and Tuesday 7 March

Online sessions

If you are off campus, register for the online session eBooks: An Introduction.

When: Tuesday 2 March and Thursday 9 March

If you are unable to attend the scheduled sessions, please ask the Service Desk staff at campus libraries about e-books.

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) or Footscray Park Library Training Room (P302)
When: 6-9 March

Where: online
When: various sessions available throughout March, April and May

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

Where: City Queen Campus (PC Lab RO3.02) or Footscray Park Library Training Room (P302)
When: 13-16 March

Where: online
When: various sessions available throughout March, April and May

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

Where: City Queen Campus (PC Lab RO3.02) or Footscray Park Library Training Room (P302)
When: 20-23 March

Where: online
When: various sessions available throughout March, April and May

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

College-specific support

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 28 February to 23 May), 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 1 March to 24 May), 12pm – 1pm
Where: St Albans Library (ask for drop-in sessions 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 (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 14 March to 30 May), 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 (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) cameron.barrie@vu.edu.au.