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

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 are:

  • Monday 3 October to Friday 25 November 2022: Monday to Friday, 11am–12pm (noon)
  • Monday 3 October to Friday 25 November 2022: Monday to Friday, 2–3pm.

There are no drop-in sessions on Melbourne Cup Day, public holiday Tuesday 1 November 2022.

Note that these online sessions are for VU students only.

Research & referencing drop-ins at City Library

Drop in at the City Library on Thursdays, 11.30am–1pm, for research and referencing help from VU Business School and VU College Librarians. Ask at the library service desk – on a Thursday, you will be referred to the librarian available, and on other days, you can set an appointment for Thursday, around 11.30am–1pm.

Beyond the basics drop-ins

Talk with librarians online via Zoom about the range of resources available in your field of study from First Year to PhD. Email the librarian to book an appointment and please state your preferred time/day. You will receive a confirmation of your appointment and a link to the Zoom meeting.

Law & criminology

Get tips on how to search for resources more effectively and reference them correctly: case law, legislation, journals, books and more. Email law librarians [email protected] or [email protected] for Zoom meetings: Monday to Friday, 8am–4pm, by appointment.

Health & biomedicine

Get tips on how to:

  • locate sources for your assessment tasks
  • plan effective strategies search
  • evaluate information
  • manage your references.

Email health & biomedical librarians [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] for Zoom meetings on Monday to Thursday, by appointment.

Engineering, Science & IT

Get a head start with:

  • library research and locating resources for your assessment tasks
  • planning effective search strategies
  • database searching
  • accessing articles and Australian Standards
  • referencing and EndNote reference management tool.

Email engineering, science & IT librarian [email protected] for Zoom meetings, Monday to Thursday, by appointment.

Workshops

These workshops will be available through Learning Hubs online (login required).

  • Academic Integrity workshops are held online throughout the year for all students starting or continuing their studies at Victoria University.
  • Academic Inquiry workshops in all disciplines, as part of Study Essentials, are offered online.
  • Digital Citizenship workshops, as part of Study Essentials, are held online throughout the year.

The online workshop ‘Getting started with Academic Integrity’ is for students starting or continuing their studies at Victoria University. As you study within the academic environment, it is important to become familiar with Academic Integrity terms and concepts.

In ‘Getting started with Academic Integrity’ workshop, you will:

  • learn why academic integrity matters
  • work together on Module 1 of the Academic Integrity modules available in the Learning Hub VU Collaborate space.

Book a workshop

Workshops are scheduled online:

  • Monday 8 August, 3–3.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 September, 10–10.30am
  • Wednesday 12 October, 9–9.30am
  • Thursday 10 November, 1–1.30pm.

Book this workshop via:

  • Learning Hub online (log in, click workshops and search 'The Language of Academic Integrity')
  • VU App on your mobile (find and book sessions in MyVU).

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 in various disciplines:

  • Academic Inquiry – Arts & Education
  • Academic Inquiry – Building & Architecture
  • Academic Inquiry – Business
  • Academic Inquiry – Engineering, Science & IT
  • Academic Inquiry – Health
  • Academic Inquiry – Law
  • Academic Inquiry – Sports & Exercise Science.

Book a workshop

Bookings will be available via:

  • Learning Hub online (log in, click workshops and search 'Academic Inquiry')
  • VU App on your mobile (find and book sessions in MyVU).

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.

Book a workshop

Booking is available via:

  • Learning Hub online (log in, click workshops and search 'Digital Citizenship')
  • VU App on your mobile (find and book sessions in MyVU).

For honours and masters students, the Researcher Development Program has EndNote sessions.

Book a workshop

To book, email [email protected].

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 and 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].