Getting started in the library
One of the best things about starting at university is the access you gain to extensive collections of quality academic information resources, experts to help you find what you need, and many other services and facilities from your library.
What you need first
- Your student card so you can borrow from your campus library.
- Your username and password. Find these on your first ‘Statement of Account’ from the University. Use these to:
- manage your borrowing and loans online via My Library
- use online resources that require a login
- for computer and wireless access
- Register your Student Card so you can print and photocopy in the library.
What to do next...
- Visit us in person and online
Drop in to your campus library. It is a good way to become familiar with the place and find out what it can do for you.
Each campus library has computers, desks with power points for laptops and comfortable informal study areas. You can also find out about group study rooms, silent study areas, photocopying and printing, and how to borrow.
The library website is another way to become familiar with what’s available.
- Ask for help
The library is here to help! Friendly and quick assistance is available for help in areas like where to find information, how to navigate the library’s extensive eresources, or how to reference your information sources.
Ask staff at the service desks in the library and get instant one-on-one assistance or use the online services.
- Come to a library class
Booking yourself into a class is the quickest way to find out what resources the library has, and how to access and use them effectively. These skills will improve your performance as a student and save you time spent researching.
You can also catch up with library skills online via our self-paced online tutorials.
- Find and bookmark your subject guide
Library subject guides are a great way to get started with research. Each online guide is tailored to a specific area of study, outlining how to research in your area and where to look for information.
Bookmark your subject guide today – it’s your shortcut to finding what you need.
- Learn to use Search, your gateway to library resources
Search gives you access to different types of resources available in the library Catalogue and databases with just one search. This includes eresources, many of which contain the full text of journal articles, magazines, newspapers, ebooks and other publications. Access to full-text journal articles means you can read or print articles directly from the computer.